Is Maud Le Car The Best Female Surfer You Don't Know About?

3 Oct 2017 0

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Maud Le Car is the French Caribbean Volcom surfer making headlines. In 2016 she famously surfed in heels in France and in 2017 she knocked Stephanie Gilmore out of the US Open of Surfing and has spent the week at the all new Wavegarden Cove with her pro surfing boyfriend Joan Duru.

The 25-year-old surfing artist grew up on the island of Saint Martin in the French Caribbean, recently devastated by Hurricane Irma. The island is bizarrely divided into two countries which means there are a multitude of languages dispersed in a small population. Maud herself is fluent in all three; English, French and Creole. “I prefer Creole.” She says, “It’s the language of the locals. It is a really beautiful language and typical in the Caribbean Islands.”

Saint Martin is tied to France in the north and Sint Maarten which is the Netherlands on the south-side. The culture is diverse and the people are not in search of any identity. “I love the fact that there are so many different cultures on the island. We have three currencies in circulation and our people usually speak more than three languages.”

Despite being surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic, the island is just new to surf culture, and Maud admits it’s not a big deal, yet. The northeast hosts frequent swells and it’s a long right-hand point that is the place the island’s few surfers head to as the North Atlantic storms roll in.

But when you’ve got your eye on surfing at a professional level an island as small as Saint Martin can’t fulfill your thirst for good waves, so after kick-starting her surfing as a 12-year-old at the reef of le Galion, this glamour surfer made a life-changing move to Biarritz in the south of France to complete her studies and train amongst some of the best surfers in the world in world class waves. “I was 16 when I left the island to attend Pole Franc (the French Institute of Sport). But I return at least once a year for Christmas with my family and enjoy the winter waves and island vibes.”

Since leaving her island paradise she’s been competing as an athlete on the WSL qualifying series as one of Volcom’s tribe. She surfs competitively but also produces artwork. “I love and need to create, it’s a perfect balance for my surfing and life. I’m working on so many projects and love having the freedom to be so dynamic. Art reflects life and as life is constantly changing my art is changing too. Growing up surrounded by the ocean has inspired my work deeply. The Caribbean and island vibes are a big part of my work.”

Expect to see more from this Carribean beauty with her killer backhand and genuine love of life. 

On a mission at the 2017 US Open of Surfing, Photo by WSL/Rowland

On a mission at the 2017 US Open of Surfing, Photo by WSL/Rowland


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