30 Nov LOCAL HERO | MAXIME ROUX
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How did you get started Wakeboarding?
I started wakeboard when I was five, behind a boat with my daddy, who has been riding wakeboard for a long time! Then, we started together cable wakeboard at Rouffiac wakepark (France), and I continue to evolve in both disciplines today.
Do you do any other board sports?
I also do other board sports, for having fun only, and not at a high level: surfboard and snowboard.
In fact, my second favorite sport is basketball. No link with wakeboard, it’s really different but it allows me to change my mind during the winter season. I like this sport, and I try to do my best.
What do you like the most about wakeboarding?
I like the diversity that this sport can offer! Boat riding, kickers, sliders and air tricks. Thanks to the diversity, I am never bored. I take pleasure every time I take the handle.
What do you dislike?
I dislike injuring myself! But it has never happened fortunately and I try to avoid it by a “smart” way of riding.
I am always self-confident when I try new tricks. Even if today I am able to do huge tricks, I would never take too many risks.
Which do you prefer, rails or kickers?
Depends on the wakepark. At Plastic Playground, I prefer rails! Honestly I like a lot kickers and I spend time to play on them. Probably because I am also a boat rider!
If you could have a session with anyone, who would it be?
I already had the opportunity to ride with Daniel Grant in Geneva, Switzerland.
I would really enjoy a session with Massi Piffa! I’ve met him several times at the European Championships, but never for a session. Maybe it will be possible in the near future, Italia and France are not so far.
Tell us a bit about your home spot:
My two home spots are cable and boat. I take lot of pleasure in both places, thanks to the staff and my friends.
TNG Wakepark is a nice six tower cable. Obstacles are cool, two big kickers, rails and sliders. Wonderful spot for airtricks too. Riding is a pleasure, and after riding too, thanks to nice place. My boat home spot is in a river. It always has nice flat water. I ride behind a heavy Air Nautique 210, with the maximum load that the engine can support. I like the wake even if it’s smaller than boats used in competition.
Do you always ride alone?
I often ride alone in boat. My daddy coaches me, and drives the boat. And sometime I train with the French team and it’s a real pleasure to meet my friends!
At the wakepark in France, I know a lot of riders. Usually, I meet a friend and we spend the session together in order to find motivation to attempt new tricks!
What Wakeboard or Snowboard LEGEND do you admire?
Legend? Do you mean an old rider?
I am a fan of Danny Harf. He won the X-games several times and he is still a good rider today!
What are your goals for 2017?
The Boat World Championships! I’m still under 14, and I train hard to perform well at this event.
I was 6th in 2015 with a poor run compared to what I am capable of doing today. So I hope my result will be better, even if I am aware that other young riders have seriously improved their level as well.
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– Photos by Didier Roux.
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