Welcome to the RRD international kite team Jeremy Chan! Read all about the Mauritian local that got in the spotlights after his great performance at ‘One Eye’ during last years’ GKA Wave World Cup.
– Where did you grow up?
– Tell us more about your background in kitesurfing.
I started windsurfing when I was 7 years old, surfing when I was 10 and kiting about 10 years ago but I was more into surfing before. It has been like a combination of windsurfing and surfing that brought me into kiting in waves. I’ve started riding on a directional board in 2013 and been inspired by all the pro riders. Since then I’m not going back on a twintip!
– You were a professional surfer before, what made you switch?
I was 2x the junior surf champion of Mauritius. I’ve switched because while kiting in the waves you can catch many more waves than in surfing which makes it even more fun. And if there’s no waves you can still have a lot of fun doing strapless freestyle tricks.
– Do you still surf a lot?
Not a lot because in Mauritius there’s more wind than waves and I rather kite than going for a surf. But I still surf in summer when there is no wind and perfect waves.
– What is your best result?
My best result was in the GKA Mauritius Strapless Pro in September 2016 where I’ve knocked out Airton Cozzolino and ended up in the top 5.
– Tell us about that famous heat where you beat Airton at One Eye in 2016.
Before the heat started I remember Airton told me he’s going to get a drink at the hotel and come back haha. I think he was overconfident of winning this heat but for I just took everything easy and went for the heat as if I was going to have fun on a normal session at my homespot. I scored a really nice wave and a perfect barrel that gave me the win! When I came back to the beach all my friends came to me and said that I won.. I was so stoked and still cannot believe it until now 🙂
– What is your favorite gear?
Religion / Maquina V3 5’6 / Maquina Ltd 5’7 / C.o.t.a.n. Ltd v2 5’2 / Thrive harness / Celsius Pro wetsuit.
– What is your favorite spot?
– What are your goals for 2017?
My goal for 2017 is to compete in the strapless world tour and finish in the top 10.
– How do you see kitesurfing evolve in 10 years?
Its evolving a lot year by year whether its on the gears, freestyling or wave. But I think the discipline that’s growing the fastest in the past years is strapless kitesurfing!