Do you have any passions or hobbies besides surfing?
I like to go mountain-biking with my friends or my dad.
Tasty beef ribs, some wine with my buddies or spending time with my girlfriend.
On the QS Tour this year, you seems calm and relaxed with good results following, did you change something in the way you train?
I didn’t make any change for a long time, and it seems that it just starts working now.
I’m 100% dedicated to my work with Mayhem, a board sponsor I’m working with for 1 year now. I always had magic boards which allows me to mainly focus on the rest.
Is that what we used to call “maturity“ or “gaining experience“?
It’s true that priority establishment totally changed my life on the WQS. Priorities make it easier, because you can wait for the best wave without being affraid of someone who will get through to the inside at the last minute. Since, the only thing to focus on is trying not to fall down!!!
You hardly work on your physical training and surf training, which obviously helped you this year, but you’ve always been one of the World best surfers, what’s up in Joan Duru’s mind?
I love sport, and I feel really bad if I’m not doing anything, thus training is not a chore, but a real pleasure ! Moreover, Maud (Le Car, his girlfriend and member of the Volcom team) and a group of young frenchy surfers such as the Cloarec, Charly Quivront and Bastien, are lucky to have Charly Ducamp as personal trainer, who is actually a great coach.
On the surf side, I’m working with Manu Portet for several years now. He was there to support me at all contests where I made good results, which helped me a lot!!!
Tell us about your 2016 season strong moments?
Starting with the second position at Balito (first WQS 10000 of the season) helped me a lot, as there were only a few primes that year. And now, I’m glad and more than happy that I made a semi-final at Haleiwa despite the pressure of the qualification, but the good waves made it amazing.
How would you feel when you’ll officially be on the Tour? Satisfied or feeling that something even stronger has just started?
I feel really excited, but I’m aware of the very high level, thus I will have to train harder physically and technically, so that I can hope to face and beat the World Best Surfers.
When seeing some guys such as Julian Wilson who had to come back to qualify for the QS last year, it shows the huge level.
What are your ambitions on the Tour?
Be qualified again for the CT would be amazing.
Without waffle, what’s your objective?
Quarters on the first contests, it would be epic to kick off the year.
What are your plans to get ready for this new life?
I’ll spend winter in France to train hard, spend time with my girlfriend, my family, and my mates. I have to get ready for the upcoming year, cause it’s going to be a long tough year, with many contests. I’m lucky to have Maud by my side in Australia, and I really hope my family will be able to come over one or two contests to fully enjoy it.
You’ve been really well welcomed by the public during the Pro France and Lacanau, can you tell us how the relationship with the french audience is that special?
Cause we’re equal I guess.
Timing issue : The Olympic Games? How do you feel about it? You’re still young and will obviously be a contender to be a member of the French Team. Do you fancy doing it?
Yes, it’s my dream, I’ll work as hard as I can to make it happen.
How are you going to celebrate this event? Any special thanks? A word to spread?
I think we’ll have to rent a room to gather all my friends and family to celebrate.
I want to thank all the people that supported me, my girlfriend Maud, my family, my friends, and all my sponsors (Volcom, Vans, Mahyem, Creatures of Leisures, Hercules) who never stopped to believe in me for all these years, and let’s celebrate now!!!
Posted on 12/07/16