Nowadays Kyllian Guerinthe future of French surfing, talks about his stay in Hawaii with his family last December.
360 Surf : You are currently in Hawaii, can you tell us a bit about your trip ?
Kyllian Guerin: I try to come to Hawaii every year, it's a really special place that I love more and more. This year we came early with my family to spend the holidays.
How long do you stay there? What are the spots you ride?
A month and a half this time. I ride more particularly Haleiwa, Sunset, Rocky, Waiméa. This year but especially as soon as possible Backdoor and Pipe.
How did you organize your trip?
A bit last minute as usual. After a stop in California where I train with my coach Yann Martin, I took off for the Pipe Master where I spent some time in my sponsor's house. Then my family arrived.
Why did you choose Hawaii?
It is an important place for me, a step every year that develops my surfing.
Tell us about the atmosphere in the line-up?
To be safe, it's not really the spot. At the line-up it's always tight, you really have to be careful not to make mistakes on the main spots. Then towards Haleiwa, there are cooler breaks.
What is the difference with the French waves at this time of the year?
The waves here are different. A lot of power and a lot of movement. It's really a different kind of surfing that you develop.
What is your best memory / scare?
This year, my first session in Waiméa. It was magical with a big dose of adrenaline. Dusty Payne's fall. I was riding up on the shoulder and I saw him fall and drown. That's when you quickly remember that here on some spots, mistakes are not really allowed.
What are your good plans in Hawaii (spots, to see, to do, where to eat)? In short, what is life like there?
On the North Shore, it is rather quiet. There is a great walk to do on the heights towards the bunkers to enjoy the panorama.
On the restaurant side, there are always the foodtrucks where you eat great tacos or shrimps. Then my favorite Acais bowls next to pipeline: Crispy grinds which is my favorite, then sunset Banzai Bowl and haleiwa bowl which move around pipe.
For a classy meal, head to Turtle Bay with Lei Lei Restaurant or the Beach House.
If you know how to play golf, the one in Turtle Bay is perfect. With your family, you can also try a Helico tour of the island, it's great.
You are a globetrotter, can you tell us what will be your next trips ? And why ?
Panama with the French Federation for a camp, Guadeloupe and Martinique for a competition then Morocco because I love it and it's a great training base with the Pro juniors in Europe.
In one word, how would you sum up your experience ? What advice would you give to a future globetrotter?
Being cool, respecting the locals, analyzing the spots before getting on the water and keeping a smile on your face, that's what opens all the doors when you travel.