| Earth Day...

Happy Earth Day!!! Apparently i am a giant squid... so say Google. Here is a nice post by Manny and the AE team :) BTW i'll be in Los Angeles from April 30 to May 04 for a charity-art show with the Art Explorers at the Gnomon Gallery, can't wait to see my buddies from Austin, TX.

| Random news...

Pas grand chose de nouveau recemment, ca travaille fort au bureau ou on s'approche rapidement de la fin du jeu et ca devrait etre une belle surprise (sortie cet ete). La semaine derniere j'ai vu Yao et j'ai reussi a l'emmener dans un resto vegetarien, oui oui tout est possible! Ca fait tellement du bien de revoir ses vieux potes, d'ailleurs on passe un gros bonjour a toute la marmaille de France et d'ailleurs.
en costume chez Vego...
Saturday was a rainy and cold day so i decided to join Igor at Habitat 67, he's a great local surfer and SUP instructor from KSF. It was my 1st time riding this famous standing wave and i was both excited and terribly scared, with almost no line-up yet, nor any spectators there were no excuses to choke! 
Igor surfing his Badfish 6'11"...
I went 3 times and that's it, enough to be completely toasted and frozen (especially my hands as i forgot to take some gloves, idiot), it's TOUGH, just to hit the wave (backward) at the right spot without being flushed out is a challenge... and then you have to swim, paddle back to shore against the rapids, climb up a steep/muddy hill with your board between the trees and loose rocks, return to the starting point, wait for your turn in the eddy and close the loop, it's a full workout. Igor helped me a lot, he showed me the entrance/exit points and made everything look easy, unfortunately i didn't manage to surf that day -too much of a noob- but at least i know the place and i'll be back soon.
view of this amazing spot in summer...
Yesterday we went to Chinatown for some yummy Dim Sum and my partner bought a cool bike (2nd hand), apparently this is the end of our folding-bike period. Bises.
Vintage style...

| Alone in Valleyfield...

I thought there would be more people but today i found an empty park on the Saint-Charles River, enough to hesitate but it's a long ride to come here and i couldn't miss a chance to paddle. The water is really cold, the flow was high and it's SNOWING again, perfect time right???
I knew i wouldn't stay too long so i chose to try the G-Rocker over the Stream to get a good idea of its performance on fast moving waters. Surfing will wait a little.
WoOow, it is so small it's scary, it's super nimble and quite unstable under my weight, but you gotta get used to it, can't wait to go on a standing wave now! The board is light with only 5" in thickness and the short tri-fins don't really help tracking running down river, although it turns and responds super fast to any strokes which is a good feeling. I love it!
Evidently i bailed a few times and tasted the icy stream but who cares when you are having so much fun :) 

| Joyeuses Paques...

Happy Easter 2015 to y'all! What a beautiful day to start the SUP season and to test my new Astro Stream, i didn't even need gloves it was that nice! The board inflates at 18 psi and it's always a good warm up, the last part is tough :)
The air temp was about -2°C and the water is just above 0°C, the ice is melting really fast and it was fun paddling around the edges of the remaining ice blocks. My drysuit is still working perfectly and the boots kept me warm the whole time.
Bon WE a tout le monde, amusez-vous bien et profitez du soleil!!! Bises