FLORENT DODE INTERVIEW

WHO ARE YOU?
My name is Florent Dode, I am originally from Font-Romeu in the Pyrenees. I moved to Vieux Boucau, in Landes Region 6 years ago. I am a physiotherapist for most of the year but return to the mountains for winter where I am a ski instructor during the school holidays.

WHEN DID YOU START SUP?
It’s funny to think I first tried Stand up Paddling in Vieux Boucau in 2015.  I did it using an 11 ” longboard with a canoe paddle that I adapted using an aluminium tube.

WHAT OTHER SPORTS DO YOU ENJOY?
Growing up in the mountains means I have been skiing since I was 4 for fun and at competition level where I excelled. Now I cross-country ski in winter and do biking and running the rest of the year.

RACE SUP or SUP SURF?
As for the Sup Race, I go between the lake and the ocean when conditions permit me. Having no SUP surfing board for a year, I get 12’6 fun when it’s not too big, otherwise I’m pretty longboard SUP surfing!

WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER HIGHLIGHTS?

– 2nd place in the 11 City Tour Netherlands (2015)

– 4 th place in the French Championship 14″ (2015)

– 2nd (2014) and 3 rd. (2015) Morbihan Paddle Trophy a 23 km race.

– 209 km Canal du Midi within 30h (2014)

– 130 km of the Dordogne, finishing within 11h (2015)

– 2014 Champion of Aquitaine in 2015.

WHY JOIN TEAM 3 BAY?
For me, joining 3 BAY is to support “Roro” (Patrice REMOIVILLE) a good friend who shares my passion for Stand up Paddling, good food and . It is thanks to him that I could participate in my first SUP race on one of his AVP Board. Then he helped me to join BIC Sport as a team rider. A new adventure begins for Roro with BAY 3 and I’m excited to be a part of it!

YOUR GOALS FOR 2016?
In 2016 I will be focused on long distance racing. Starting in January with the “Ze Race” in Guadeloupe, then on May 7th The Dordogne Integral. The Morbihan Paddle Trophy on June 11th, City Tour in Holland in September and of course the French Cup Tour and the French Championships in November. The full calendar is not yet final and there will be other events in the program…

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