In very difficult and cold wave conditions on offer at the 2017 ISA World SUP Championships, the world’s best SUP surfers took it out on the water to define the new ISA SUP Surf world champions.  Benoit Carpentier made his way to the finals to nab a Bronze medal behind newcomer Winner Luis Diniz from Brasil and veteran Harry Maskel from Australia. Here is a few words from the best French SUP surfer in the world !

What drives you the most to keep on stepping it up in SUP surfing.
The evolution and the level of surfing of other riders, pushing the limits of a sport is amazing.

What do you think about the morning you wake up for a world championship final.
Just asking to myself ” is it gonna be THE day ?” 

How do you really feel inside when the judges calls you as the Bronze winner?
Well I’m just super happy that they did appreciate my surfing from the begining to the end of the contest.

How do you train for mental preparation.
Before each heat I listen my music, check the waves, take some deep breath. 

How can you describe a perfect day for yourself?
Good surf, good food, good crew, ending the day with a nice sunset.

How do you feel about ISA and the Olympics?
That’s an amazing thing for the sport, knowing that I will be in a good age to be potentially representing France at the Olympics is crazy.

What about your diet, any goods hints for what to eat right after a hard session.
Definitively crepes from home 🙂

Which Danish beer is your favorite.
Tuborg !

What is the most important thing in the world for you.
Being Happy and providing happiness.

If you could change anything about anything, what would it be?
A few less flat days.

Also check out the interview of 2X ISA Gold medalist women SUP Surfer Shakira Westdorp from Australia.

Photo: Georgia Schofield – Starboard