On Nov. Saturday 30th, DJ Eric Kaufmann was live at the Bowling du Rouergue Bastide in Rodez (my home town), some massive and pure sounds with a great atmosphere!! Video realized for the Bowling du Rouergue.
believe I’m writing those lines and turning a long, exciting, intense and full
of stories page voluntary and not as often because of life decides that I’ve to
I always drove my life full gaz on, following what my feeling said, always
having a close look to family, friends and my bank account (yeah you need it
for doing the life you want), or I least I tried.
Gorges du Tarn - summer 1996 - 6 years old
I have this bad feeling, or let’s say this bad taste in your mouth of stopping
something which always makes me happy, make me dreaming, makes be a better
person I guess too, and for sure taught me so many things.
It’s probably the first time I decided to turn a page of my lifeby myself, by
stopping kayaking as my main sport.
Don’t know if it’s a question of those too many hours in the car to paddle a 2 hours
river run, or the smell of wet kayak gears in my garage and in my car which
make me stop.
It’s probably not.
I don’t live along a class V river and the closest one is at 2 hours driving,
yeah I’ve a class 1-2 slalom course at 15min from home but it’s not in the
perception of I want to do in the future or what I want to easily do.
Tapoul canyon - 2006 - at 16Salles la Source - 2008 - 17 years old
Nevados, Chile - 2009 - 19years old Upper Tarn River - 2013 - 22 years old
I’m now working more and more as filmmaker/producer and as river guide (on
summer time), having my own company to make rolling as good as possible, and
less time to kayak and travel. And yeah kayaking doesn't pay my food... Also my vision to make sport has changed these past 2 years.
Kayaking has been so good, I discover how to manage fear and adrenaline, tight
situations and hard rescues, basically I feel “good” in all mentally hard
But now I need to find myself in hard physically and
At work with my camera and on my Stand Up Paddle on summer 2013
From few months now kayaking has been less and less a priority in my everyday
life, even if I was training hard for, and by the way never have been stronger
Last weekend I was filming a really close friend running a 75km trail run
during one of the major French trail running races.
It suddenly clicked for me to see him pushing
himself physically and mentally deep in his capacities and he managed to win
the race, ripping the reference record time for more than a 1h (on 8h racing…).
I had pain to sleep for the next 2 nights, and editing the video was exciting me
and makes me wanted to discover myself
deep inside in something else, in something new.
The 3rd day after the event I had a dinner with my friend to show
him the video, and telling him that I’m stopping kayaking this same day.
Sources of the Tarn - 2007 National Champs - Summer 2009
A year ago I registered in an “adventure race” club, mixing trail running,
MTBiking and kayaking (the easiest part), and by the way the guys of this club
won an adventure race World cup this year…
I didn’t want to compete and also didn’t want to be part of the trainings quite
often. It was easier for me to go at the gym and push hard some weights.
Now I see it like it was to me an open door to stop kayaking. And today I stop.
There’s no idiot choice taken…
So yeah I stop kayaking as my main sport, as sponsored athlete but I stay a
And yeah there’s kayaking on adventure races!!!!!
With David Arnaud - May 2007 Sources of the Tarn river - April 2008
French west coast - Feb 2009 Palguin, Chile - Dec 2009 - 19 years old
I feel more comfortable today with this choice, I can train everywhere, every
time, just have to jump on my bike or run somewhere in the forest, I don’t have
to wait for rains to go kayaking and/or travel a lot for.
But for sure, I’ll keep going on the french events and I’ll
join buddies for few class 5 river runs, and yeah I’ll take photos to show
you how kayaking is good!!
FLUID Kayaks team trip, French Alps - David Arnaud, Paul Villecourt and I - August 2011
I’ll stay faithful to my current sponsors who are now friends since those 7
years as sponsored kayaker and keep working with them for my river guide
Thanks FLUID Kayaks, LevelSix, TyWarp, NIL style, Astral and Land Mountain. You
guys rock!! Also wanna thank my previous partners Adrenagliss, sandiline, Teva and ATpaddles
Rio Turbio, Chile - Dec 2009 Cauterets "les 800", Pyrenees - May 2012
A special mention for the persons who taught me so many things and had a close
look at me on the river, the most important ones:
David Arnaud, Paul Villecourt, Fabrice Poueyto, Eric Deguil, Fred Dumont, Max
Mitaut, Bastien Dantin, guys from PEK, Raph Thiebaut, Stefun Pion, Nouria Newman, Mat Coldebella, Gael
Kernin, Mat Dumoulin, Mariann Saether, the guys at St Pierre de Boeuf, the MJC Rodez Kayak
Club, my parents and my brother, my girlfriend and many more!!
It’s now time for me to discover another myself, and I’m sure the kayaker one
will be not that far.
Upper Tarn river, France - June 2013
See you really soon!!
NB: I’ll keep posting news and photos on this blog, about kayaking during my
adventure races but also simply about kayaking!! ;-)
Two weeks ago, I went to the Festival des Hospitalier in Nant - Aveyron, France - which is one of the most famous trail running race in France.
I was there to film Adrien Seguret and Anne-Lise Rousset for Oxsitis which is a company producing hydratation and alimentary products, and also some awesome backpacks.
Anyway, everything is in the video!!
Thanks to Adrien and Anne-Lise, to Gautier for his help, to Laurent, Stephan, Baptiste and also Yvan!! And many thanks to Oxsitis!!