Carine Camboulives & Manu Bouvet have been part of the BIC Sport Team for many years. Their passion for windsurfing took them to Maui, the mecca of board riding sports. The Valley Isle has been their home for nearly 20 years now even though they travel the world half of the year. The windsurfing/ kiteboarding/surfing/ SUP couple has become a stand out in the water sports world. Their travel stories & documentaries get published world wide.Below these portraits, 3 amazing videos relating their latest trip to French Polynesia.
Manu : I grew up in France and learnt to windsurf in Brittany when I was 13. When I was 21, I finished my business degree and travelled to Maui. All I had in mind at that time was to be able to work in a place close to the ocean where I could windsurf.Carine & I started a travel agency specialized in windsurf packages that gave us the opportunity to windsurf every afternoon or so. After a few years, I saw the opportunity to become a pro windsurfer and got enrolled with Bic in 1998. I already had the travel bug in me.Together with Carine we started travelling with our windsurf stuff before coming to Maui. We used to drive from Brittany to Portugal, Tarifa or Morocco and spend the summer windsurfing our brains out! Once we both turned pro it felt just natural to keep doing the same thing, just going a little further, to more remote places. After a few years, our search for perfect waves became a life style that took us from Zanzibar to Sri Lanka, from Mozambique to Timor or from the Chagos Islands to Sultanate of Oman bringing back travel stories that got publish all over the world.
Today, after many years on the road, my appetite for uncrowded and perfect windsurf conditions is as strong as ever. It matches my desire to experience new culture, reach remote territories and connect with people. Along the road I became the dad of 2 girls; Lou (soon to be 7) and Shadé (9 month old) who are great travel partners. Our path became a great opportunity to bring up a more conscious worldview that grew thru the years. As an ocean athlete it is hard not to see the tremendous challenges that the environment is facing today and I hope that thru our reports and video production we can, if not be of some help, at least bring awareness to the situation.
Carine : I was born and raised in Paris, a truly beautiful city. I began windsurfing on the Atlantic coast of France at the age of 14. While attending school my holidays were spent at Europe's best windsurfing spots improving my skills.
After graduating from "ESCE", a four years business school in Paris specialized in International Trade, I came to Maui, Hawaii. After working for a year or 2 at the travel agency we started with Manu, I got busy modeling. At the same time, around 1997 I started riding for Bicsport, first as a windsurfer, then I got into kiteboarding at the beginning of the sport and then came SUP. I got hooked right away. I always though I would do them all,not picking one sport in particular. I like the diversity of water sports as there is always one that fits the conditions. SUP kept me on the water while I was pregnant and kept me in shape, it is the best sport
I also try to dedicate part of my time to learn new healing medicines and techniques (Reiki and as well as Intuitive Medicine). I am a Master Reiki and have been practicing to help heal friends and family.