MATHIEU CHEVALIER INTERVIEW

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF?

My name is Mathieu Chevalier, I have lived in St Jean de LUZ, in the Basque Country for 15 years.

WHEN AND WHERE DID YOU START THE PRONE?

I started on the prone paddle in 2009, I was introduced to the prone in 2009 by Laurent Iturriza (a sports educator).
I really loved the sport, so I invested in a prone and since 2009 I am thoroughly enthralled by the sport!

WHAT OTHER SPORTS DO YOU DO?
I surf, swim, sup and ski…

WHY JOIN TEAM 3 BAY?

For me joining the 3 Bay team is a great chance, I have wanted to work with Patrice for a long time and join his team. I wanted to combine his experience and mine to design a prone paddleboard with him.
Now I have the chance to paddle on a beautiful 3bay, on which I collaborated.

WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL TRIUMPHS?

  • 1st in the Capbreton-San Sebastien race, 63km in 2010.
  • 5 times I participated in the Catalina Classic (California 52km) best result 5th in 6H07 on a 12 ‘and 10th in 5H38 on an 18’.
  • 2 times I did the Dordogne integral on a 12 ‘one time I finished in 11H07 and the other in 11H27
  •  I hold the World record in 24h on a 12 ‘ Prone with over a distance of 130 km
  • 1st place at several competitions in Brittany and the Basque Country starting in 2010.

HOW WAS YOUR 2018 SEASON?

My 2018 season was good overall, it started out with a new collaboration with 3Bay and I could start my season in April on a new magnificent 3 Bay Prone Paddleboard!!

I was able to test it at the Dordogne Integral… In the wake of the DI, I won the Kostaldea (San sebastien-St jean de Luz) 30km.

After that in July I had the chance to be invited to participate and try to establish a world record with the Family 3BAY!! What a beautiful experience…

After this record I had a month left before leaving for Catalina to participate in the race, I continued to train well, it was focused on this goal.

Unfortunately I could not take my own prone board, at the last minute the airline company did not want to take my board. This is life… I still participated and finished 6th… I trained hard but I especially felt strong on this board and to go to Catalina with a French board that was really close to my heart…
I will come back stronger and with a 3BAY in 2020!!

HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR PREPARATION AND TRAINING?

I organize myself like this:
From September to May I swim three times a week, the rest of the time I surf, with a Prone 10’6.
From the month of March I go out 3 times a week on a prone 12 ‘and 10’6, plus my swimming sessions and a session of bodybuilding.
From April to late August I do 5 sessions of Prone 12 ‘ a week, plus swimming, two sessions of body building.
And two or three other things as well but I keep it to myself ?…

WHAT ARE YOUR PROJECTS FOR 2019?

For 2019 my projects will be to stay fit, surf, and travel… To return very strong in 2020 with new sports projects and a new 3BAY board!