For Alexis Deniel, 2015 was an immense year. Two weeks after winning the European Stand Up Paddle Surf Championships in Santander, Spain, Alexis was also crowned French Champion 2015 in the same discipline, dominating the final held at Cote des Basques in Biarritz in some solid wave conditions. He even managed to pick up a second place finish at the French Open Longboard Championship, managing to separate the notorious Delpero brothers. A series of excellent performances proving, once again, that he's one of the best SUP Wave riders in the world at present.
He's currently working hard running his SUP and Surf school in Perros Guirec, and is actively involved in the development of our SUP Wave Pro boards.
Here's a flash interview with one of the top SUP Wave specalists in the world
Where do you live ?
Perros-Guirec in north Brittany
Where do you ride most often ?
Right here at the spot at Trestraou in Perros
What do you keep in your quiver ?
A 7’8" BIC SUP Wave Pro and a 7’6" BIC SUP Wave Pro custom. Plus a 12’6 Race fo a good, regular cardio workout
How long have you been part of the BIC SUP team ?
This is my second year on the team.
And how long have you been doing SUP ?
I've been seriously into SUP Surf for 5 years now
Before SUP, what other sports did you do, and at what level ?
I was seriously into longboard, I'd been doing that for a few years, and still do, for fun and in serious competition. I finished second at the 2015 French Longboard Championships at the end of last year.
And what other sports do you do to complement your SUP and keep your fitness levels up ?
I do a lot of shortboard work because the moves are very similar to SUP. And I do a lot of training with my coach.
The majority of your competition honours have been won in waves. What is it about that discipline that attracts you ?
Actually, it's the similarities between shortboard and SUP that interest me. SUP wave boards give the same lively feel of a shortboard, but with more volume, allowing you to pull much more radical moves on an SUP. It's all probably a reaction against my longboarding, where I usually try and ride a more incisive style on the rail.
What's been your most memorable competition eperience ?
No question, my performance in Hawaii in 2015 where I finished 9th, with my wife and all my family there to cheer me on.
Any recent SUP away trips that have made an impression ?
Barbados: fantastic scenery, lovely generous people, and a huge variety of almost deserted spots with incredible potential.
Just remind us of your competition honours ?
I'm a double European Champion 2014-2015, French Champion 2015 and overall winner of the French Cup circuit 2015.