Who is Guillaume from the TAIGA club?
I’m a physical education teacher and have been working in the field of arts and sports for over 30 years. Being active and creative is who I am. Since my childhood, I have always been fascinated by learning new activities and am stimulated by new projects or challenges. I’m what you could call and adrenaline junkie. Today, sharing my passion with beginners is my new source of energy. Because of the quality and performance of their boards, I decided to approach TAIGA. Their standards and values meet my own. It’s a pleasure to collaborate with this company in whom I trust.
When you don’t have both feet in the water, what do you do?
I am still on the water, but to practice my other passions: kitesurfing, foiling, kayak freestyle, free diving, fishing and sailing. I just love being on and in the water! Otherwise, I travel with our van and I l spend time in nature hiking and mountain biking. I’m definitely an outdoor guy!
What is your favorite spot (on the water, obviously) and why?
I love the vibe of the ocean. The waves, the swell and water as far as the eye really does it for me. Although far from the sea, the Richelieu River and the Lachine Rapids have allowed me to push my knowledge and skills to better maneuver on the waves, no matter where.
Your go-to TAIGA board(s) and why?
The El Cabron is my board of choice when Ineed to burn off some built-up energy. It gives me an adrenaline rush in the rapids.
The Kanoa is where I find my balance. Its stability allows me to tease the fish while remaining Zen.
If you could choose one 'dream destination' for paddleboarding, where would it be and why?
In French Polynesia. A house on stilts overlooking the turquoise waters with tropical fish everywhere. No need for a car.
If you had one piece of advice to give to a rookie who doesn't know the wonderful world of water sports yet, what would it be?
Be prepared to get wet. Falling is part of learning a balance sport. Relax, paddle, and most importantly, have fun!