@giordyboy_ had to shorten his trip to Tibet due to altitude sickness. It’s sad to see him leave. As well as being the steeziest paddler of our crew, he is an amazing human being. It’s been super inspiring to see his energy (despite not feeling good) and his ability to connect with people. Looking forward to spend more time on the river with this kid. Safe travels. #theimportantpeople
Not too sure whether I’m on holiday or not. But we are going kayaking in Tibet and taking a very much needed break from social media and the Internet siphon. See you later✌🏼Much love ❤️ . 📷 @adrianmatternkayak . #detox #theimportantthings #theimportantplaces #theimportantpeople
Few photos from being proper tourists today in Katmandu ✌🏼
Good first couple days in Nepal warming up on Bhote Koshi and Balephi. Fun pretty continuous whitewater so far 😍
Stoked to be heading out from Katmandu and go kayaking !
Just like whitewater life is in perpetual motion and not always predictable. Things didn’t go as planned this spring but I’m thankful for a great paddling season in Europe. Discovered new rivers as well as enjoying my home run. Caught up with old friends, made new ones too. Realized how much I love jumping in my slalom boat and paddling with the club kids once in a while... Thank you Europe 🙌🏻 | 📷 @visione_narancio #thisishome #theimportantplaces #theimportantpeople
When you try to keep up with @berenicekolenc but you’ve retired too long ago 😂 #somanydagpoints #slalomishard #somuchfunthough
Followed my Argentinian friend Fernanda down the Pau whitewater course. It was her first time in a slalom boat and she crushed it 🔥#proud #myfriendsaremyherores #theimportantpeople 🙌🏻 It was also her first time on a conveyer belt 😂
Massive congrats to @xnscq300 and @danejacksonkayak for becoming 2019 world champions with outstanding rides🏆 It was nice to catch up and watch the Freestyle World Championships in Sort. More time would have been nice but I’m already beyond stoked for seeing so many friendly faces in such a limited amount of time. Thankful for the friendships created through kayaking 🙌🏻 much love ❤️ . #theimportantpeople #theimportantplaces #theimportantthings #lululove
Fun times paddling with the Pau kayak club. So happy to see so many happy kids on the water. Norguera Pallaresa is delivering the goods 😍
Sometimes I find it hard to find people who want to paddle as much as I do. I was lucky to meet @paulo.garikano in Italy a few weeks ago and to get to to paddle some more with him in Norway. On top of being an incredible kayaker he genuinely loves kayaking. Thanks for the good vibes , for extra motivation to keep paddling when we were cold and tired, and for skipping the parties to get some more kayaking 🙌🏻 | 📷 @ciaranheurteau #theimportantpeople #theimportantplaces #theimportantthings .
Timber Hole. After getting an honest beat down and a swim on my first day in Voss, I was happy to get redemption during the downriver race on my last day in Norway. #swimteam #somanydagpoints | 📷 Johann Geir Hjartarson
We are a touch messy. “Unstable” at times. But who cares ? We are having so much fun. I have so much love for this sport and the amazing people that I get to call my friends. Thanks for the good times Norway 🇳🇴 😂 #teamshitshow #myfriendsaremyheroes #somanydagpoints #theimportantpeople #theimportantplaces . 📷 @ill_find_a_username_later
A little bit disappointed with my racing at @ekstremsportveko. I tried to push too hard during finals and started fighting the water rather than using it. Still lucky to sneak in 2nd despite bad sensations and cumulated mistakes. Congrats to 2019 European champion @boaterbeth🥇 and @lucie_sediva 🥉and some impressive paddling from Nico Caussanel el #stillsomework
Lake to Lake was cute. Our new little friends at the takeout were cuter ❤️ We had to stop for cuddles 😂
Lake to lake was cute, Tysselva was something else 😍
Another good day of paddling in Voss. The Raundalselvi is definitely one of my very favorite rivers. It offers an incredible variety of whitewater. And I haven’t even been on all the sections ! 🙌🏻 | 📷 @halvorheggem
Very bad idea but very good people ❤️
Film project underway. The last two days have been pretty exhausting but we are surely getting there | 📷 Screenshot from @ciaranheurteau who is absolutely crushing it behind the camera 🙌🏻🔥
Back at it 😊and this is just the warm up. Thanks @ill_find_a_username_later for the photo but also for the rescue, paddle, scenic drive and picnics
Happy to no longer be stuck on a garage parking lot. Big thanks to everyone who helped us out. I guess this is also part of our journey and the path we are choosing. It’s not always good times and fluffy fun whitewater but I guess it’s always some sort of adventure 😂 #parkinglotliving #somanydagpoints
1st boof in Norway was awesome but shortly after this our car broke down and we’ve been stuck in a administrative siphon, battling with the insurance call center for the last 24hours. Trying to be patient and stay as positive as we can #novisa #nonfc #broke with a #brokencar 🙈Luckily we have amazing friends and awesome people in the paddling community that we might end up calling if we need to be rescued. . Much love ❤️ to @ill_find_a_username_later @julianstocker4real @tessalaughalot @paulo.garikano @dominicglur ❤️ thanks for being our sunshines and holding the throw bags 🌞 . 📷 @ciaranheurteau
We got our shuttle sorted => to the closest campsite 👎🏻 After to no visa, no car. Can’t wait to see what future holds 🙈 #notgood #daglife
Good luck to everyone racing on Jakes today 🍀 Gutted not to be able to race, catch up with friends and step up my sock game with Rob. 📷 @benstookesberry #theimportantpeole #theimportantplaces #itiswhatitis
Maybe everything happens for a reason. I would lie if I said say I wasn’t bummed not to race NFC but I’m stoked to go on a road trip with one of my very best friend 😊🙌🏻 it’s been a while since we went on a proper adventure together🚐 #theimportantpeople #backtotheroots
For the first time the @northforkchampionship will have a proper women’s category. I would have loved to race but I wasn’t able to get a US visa. Turns out I don’t have a proper job, so no proper incomes. No place of my own, no boyfriend, or any sort of visible attachment in France. Yes I’m 27, I still live with my parents and I love it ! Previous long stays in the US which can look like I want to immigrate there when really all I want is too kayak there in the spring and early summer. I love the US, I love many things there, my friends, the whitewater, freedom, goodwill, the national parks, chips, the ldub...But I don’t think I could live there. I am French and there will always be a little bit of a cultural gap. I like cheese and bread too much, I can’t say « awesome » all the time, I like to complain, be sarcastic, rude at times, driving big trucks scares me, I have never touch a gun in my life and I refuse too, I preach free healthcare, free education and the sport club organization because I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. The immigration officer was right and only had valid points. I don’t quite fit the visa application form. He told me « come back when you’re more stable ». But I don’t want to be stable I want to be happy. Kayaking makes me happy. And we all know that there is no such things as « stable » in rapids like Jakes. Good luck to everyone racing at NFC, safe lines ❤️ Hopefully I can come next year 🤞🏻#itiswhatitis #validpoints #tooclumsyforgun #terribleatparallelparking #stinkycheese 😂 . 📷 @mikeleedsphotography
« INTIMIDATOR » sometimes rapid names just make sense. This rapid definitely scares me. I find it hard to keep the control as you get fully blinded and land in tricky hydraulics. | 📷 @hannavartia
Not too convinced about that crown thing since the last French queen got decapitated🙈 but happy to have pull out a pretty fast time at the @kingofthealps final. It was a though race : that rapid is scary, I said hi to the fish 🐟 and I got super tired trying to catch up @boaterbeth 🚀 during the qualifiers 👊🏻King of the Alps I will be back 😍 | Special thought for @aarondmann 😉 #ifyouknowyouknow
This makes me so happy 🙌🏻 For the first time women raced on the final section of @kingofthealps. Not only this rapid is serious but water levels were higher than usual and we all had decent lines. Big thanks to these amazing girls for stepping it up. And also to the organizers for being flexible and change plans to let us race on the hard whitewater 🙏🏼 #proudAF #thisisbig #girlscan #theimportantplaces #theimportantpeople #shityphotosgoodmemories #shittyphotosgoodmemories
Seeing things and kayaking differently through @tomzfpv’s googles 😍 | 📷 @domdaher . #followme #drone #fpv #newperspectives
If you know you know...and this is just the start (of the slide) 🔥 . Screenshot from @alekseyparadox . #shittyphotosgoodmemories #theimportantplaces #theimportantpeople #alwayswinningnevernot #devilsslide
Spent the last couple days working on a little film project. I am happy with the footage and I look forward to share it with you but most importantly I am super stoked with my paddling. Running devils slide 5 times was quite something. It’s definitely a nerve wrecking rapid and at the start of this project I wasn’t sure if I had it in me. . It’s not often that I feel proud of myself and it feels pretty damn good. I am proud for being able to wrap my head around that whole project : for lapping a rapid that scares me, for dealing with a little bit more pressure than usual, for 4 perfect lines and one good save, for reaching my flow state, for keeping it together although I hate waiting at the top of a big rapid... . Massive THANKS to everyone who made this possible 🙌🏻 my amazing Russian safety crew 🇷🇺, @redbullfrance, the @supersizefilms crew 📹 Dino, Thibaut & 🚁 Tomz the genius, 📷 @domdaher, 📻 Maureen, 💦 local beta from @mguidi86 @kajackgilardone, best neighbors and morning coffees 😍☕️ @kriminal_billy & @_totaphotography, 🛶 best team manager @emilyjacksonkayak 🚗 my dad for stealing his car and emptying his fridge 😂 . #stoked #headspace #flowstate #stout #devilsslide #theimportantplaces #theimportantpeople #alwayswinningnevernot
Cheers to new friends. Big big Thanks to the Russian boys for the fun times and for setting safety 🙏🏼 #theimportantpeople #theimportantplaces
Water levels are low right now but there is still some quality whitewater to be found in Italy 🇮🇹 Super thankful to be teaming up with some Russian paddlers. They’ve been helping me so much in the last 3 days and it’s always a pleasure to make new friends. THANKS BOYS 🙏🏼 @noskov.anatoliy . #alwayswinningnevernot #theimportantplaces #theimportantpeople
Another best day paddling with two of my very best friends yesterday some duo action in the morning followed by a little bit of creeking. Merci @alisson.blancb & @ciaranheurteau
Fun times paddling with the kids yesterday & Guilhem’s first full Aime’s rapids 😉 So happy to see these kids crushing it and having so much fun on the home river. Props to the kayak club coach Banane 🍌👊🏻 . [Guilhem about to portage the biggest rapid] - let’s go have a look, we scout and you decide after, ok ? (5 minutes later) - I think I am gonna walk it - you’re sure ? Worst case you swim - ok Next thing I know he is running back to his boat. I wasn’t sure whether he was gonna paddle or portage. He put on and crushed it ! 😍😂
successful scouting mission of the canyon between Val d’Isère and Tignes. I was able to scramble down and see the whole gorge at river levels. Turns out the rapids are pretty nasty or not runnable. And I’m still hoping that the last big sequence goes with more water. Now the big question is whether I can get the good flows. Picked up a few trash along the way so at least I didn’t go there for nothing.
Today wasn’t bad. More backyard adventures with Ali ❤️ Merci @alisson.blancb 🙏🏼 #theimportantpeople #theimportantplaces
Backyard adventures continue | Despite horrible weather @alisson.blancb & @ciaranheurtea both agreed to go kayaking ❤️ So happy to finally take one of my very best friend in the duo . #theimportantpeople #theimportantplaces #sharethestroke #alwayswinningnevernot
Backyard adventures | Came back home to bad weather and low water levels but still trying to make the most of it. Headed back to one of my favorite childhood place (blaming @lulufar for that) : la piste perdue. And did a little bit of scouting. Getting the legs ready for the @wflworldrun tomorrow.
Showing the kids some kayaking action from @benstookesberry after their first time on the river. Next year ?! 😂🌶🔥#BenBruceLee #theimportantpeople #theimportantplaces #alwayswinningnevernot #teampicnic
Put 5 girls who don’t really know each other in a small car, make them tired with long working days, add some lack of sleep, a little bit of hunger at times, top it up with a some lost in translation situations, a few awkward moments, & throw a few stressful challenges in the mix (*) 🤯 It can go one way or quite the opposite... So happy it went so well 😅 . I went to Iran with pretty much nothing (not even my bag which got lost in Moscow for a few days) and I’m coming back with a great experience, good memories and new friends 🙌🏻 . Grateful for the opportunity to both work and get to know these amazing ladies 👊🏼 . (*) 5 set of gear for 30+ kids, forgetting all the lifejacket, doing a kayak classes on a parking lot...
The kids went back home with a certificate. I hope they got much more then a piece of paper out of their camp and that we managed to transmit them our passion for kayaking. I really hope they will keep paddling. My sincere apologies to the parents for the stinky wet gear and epoxy repairs in their living room. #welcome #kayaklife
Day 9 | Tired coaches but happy kids 🙌🏻 Teaching these kids who are just getting into the sport is so rewarding. They make noticeable progress from one session to another, they are super grateful for the opportunity to go kayaking, and most importantly they have fun. Seeing them happy makes me happy. At times I feel a sense of accomplishment but most of the time I’m either watching or playing games 😍 THANK YOU SO MUCH KIDDOS ❤️ Thank you for reminding me why I love kayaking so much.