We had a chance to catch up with our very own Maud Le Car this week to ask her about her strong quarter final finish at Copa El Salvador Impresionante. Here's what she had to say...
Was this your first trip to El Salvador? Have you surfed or heard of this wave before?
This was my first trip to El Salvador and all I heard about this wave of Punta Roca, the wave of the contest, was that it's an amazing long right, a world class wave in super warm water.
What to you like about surfing this wave?
I like surfing this wave because it's just so rippable. I love long rights and Punta Roca is a point break so it's always breaking in the same place with a long wall all the way down until the end of the wave. You can make so many turns in the pocket, it's just paradise.
What are/were your favorite things about this trip?
My favorite things about this trip were first the wave of Punta Roca and the fact that I made a result but more so that I had the opportunity to show my surf. I learned a lot during this contest about myself and the way I abord contest.
What made the difference, why did you do so well at this event?
I think what made the difference in this contest was the way I changed my vision of competing. I started this year in 5th and 9th place and expected others good results to qualify in the world tour 2016. I put so much pressure on myself, I couldn't even just do my surf during a heat…
I had been losing on the first round on the last 3 events and that was really frustrating. It was hard to see my dream for the qualification this year go a little bit farther away every first round I didn't make.
I realized that whatever the results, what I love the most is just surfing and the amazing feeling surfing gives me. The simple fact that to surf makes me feel so alive and happy is the most important thing for me.
So I went to El Salvador just to HAVE FUN and without expecting or waiting for a result. I think I did well because I was enjoying my heats and was just thinking about destroying the waves and not about the result.
Tell us what you were thinking about while in your heat(s)? And where are you off to now?
It's weird but during my heats I was thinking about nothing! I was just breathing, waiting for the waves and once the wave was there I just focused on surfing my best - limitless-
Now I am off to France, my "second home", and I am happy to be back training and I am super motivated for upcoming events in France and the last 6000 in Pantin. I am going to stay on the same good vibes and do my best to have fun.
Do you plan on traveling to El Salvador again? Why?
For sure I will be back in El Salvador if the contest is ON next year! Or maybe for a surf trip to do a surf video… Such fun waves in Salvador and there are many good spots for great footage and practicing on a really great rights.