1- William, tell us about your daily day as a windsurfer and entrepreneur at Lokefoil. Are you busy?
Yes, I'm very busy this year indeed!
I work full time for LOKEFOIL where I'm responsible for the commercial part, the communication, foil lessons and tests, and involved in the development as well.
Besides that, I run all stages of the PWA cup in slalom/foil, the French cup (AFF in slalom/foil) and local competitions when I am available. So I'm pretty busy!
2- Tell us about your best windsurfing moment?
There's a ton.
I have great memories of a big wave riding session in Fuerteventura, of my junior french champion title in slalom (2012), or my victory on the first official windfoil event, defeating big names like Pierre Le Coq or Alex Cousin (FRA 752).
3 - Who is your main inspiration?
I am very inspired by Pierre Mortefon, who is a good friend of mine and who taught me a lot about the gear, the competition, the mindset, travel and sponsor relationships, especially since we have the same sponsors, it helped a lot.
I owe also a lot to Aurélien le Metayer and Germain Touchais from the surf school St Malo, who were my coaches when I was younger.
William and Pierre Mortefon foiling
4 - Tells us about the Lokefoil adventure.
I first started at Loke as a racer in 2016. I knew very well Kevin (Festocq - one of the founders of Lokefoil) who was sailing in St Malo, and I also met his associate Loig (Peigné).
Then they started to lend me some foils to start competing with. I got hooked very quickly as the product was really great, very easy and powerful at the same time.
I won the Brittany Championship, the light wind trophy on the French AFF cup, then achieved a 5th place on foil at the PWA Sylt race.
They offered me a job when the company really started to grow. I accepted without hesitation, even if some tasks didn’t necessarily match my skills at that time.
To me, this is the best way to combine work life and being a windsurf competitor.
5 - Your biggest hassle?
There has been many!
Broken masts and swimming back to the beach in winter time,…
Recently, I was partcipating at the North / Fanatic photoshoot at Almanarre in the South of France. I was foiling while other had slalom boards. The wind picked up and I had to leave my 7.0 m2 to the slalom guys to take pictures.
As we were located upwind in the bay, I had to come back downwind to the beach with winds of 30 knots, my windfoil and a 9.0 m2! It was so hard to control the sail and the direction.
I finally managed to get back foiling full downwind, with both feet at the rear of the board! It’s easy to laugh now, but it was really a struggle!
6 - Your biggest satisfaction?
To be able to live of my passion!
7 - Could you tell us more about your new 2018 windfoil, the LK1 :
The Lokefoil LK1 is a very versatile foil with its 3 wings. It replaces the Envol and Envol performance.
The 1200 cm2 wing is ideal for beginners or advnacedriders who want to fly in very light wind conditions.
The LK1 becomes a race foil with the wings 850 and 600.