- The Wind Man
- 26 yrs. old
A bright sunny Qatari day in Fuwairit made our first encounter with Thomas. His eyes fixed on the waves could tell the clarity in his head. It felt like we were meeting “The Wind Man” in his comfort zone of wind and waves.
Tell us about yourself: I moved out of France in 2011, looking for a sunny and warm weather, I ended up in Dubai for about a year before moving to Qatar 3 years ago.
What made you venture into this kind of sport? In the beginning, I was just looking for a thrilling experience, until I got hooked up the very moment I laid my hands on that kite! The energy and thrust that you can get from it is just amazing. Now being able to maneuver with it, fly it up or simply hit the water surface gives me this incredible feeling of peace and freedom that I hardly manage to find anywhere else.
What is your favorite food? Chicken! For lunch, dinner and everyday! Eat the chicken, but don’t be a chicken!
In which element of life do you belong to? Wind! Give me wind and I’m happy.
What is the best trick you ever nailed? It’s actually my most recent Sbend pass; it’s an unhooked horizontal front rotation followed by a front 180 Airpass. I was really happy to have landed it! Now I’m mostly working on adding 180 degrees to most of my tricks and advanced rotations to challenge myself.
What do you do when you’re not riding? I’m currently coaching kitesurfing at the Qatar Sailing and Sports Federation. We train the local and resident community of Qatar from zero to hero.
How do you wish to see Qatar developing this kind of outdoor sports? It would be really nice to have a platform that brings all the kitesurfing community in Qatar together. On the other hand, this land is blessed with great weather conditions and amazing isolated spots.
What is your advice for teh X generation of Kitesurfers? Warm up before hitting the waters if you want to avoid injuries. Train hard, stay motivated and enjoy every minute spent.
“The ultimate goal is simply happiness.” -Thomas