Laura St-Cyr Labbé

Who is Lou from the TAIGA TRIBE?

I'm a big fan of last-minute trips, thirsting of new experiences, encounters and knowledge. As I quickly get bored of a routine daily life, I am more often than not looking for a short weekend getaway that will allow me to disconnect, or a trip where I can immerse myself in an environment that is unknown to me. 

The TAIGA TRIBE for me is a very unique team and a vibe of its own. It's a community of passionate people who we can never get tired of.

When you don’t have both feet in the water, what do you do?

Having one foot in nature and the other in the city, I'm quite a fickle! If I'm not on the water, I'm probably enjoying the weather with my buddies, camping off grid somewhere in Quebec or reading a book on my terrace with a good coffee! :) 

What is your favorite spot (on the water, obviously) and why?

My favorite spot on the water so far is in the warm water of Central America, Nicaragua. I surfed my very first long wave on a longboard there. I remember that moment as the one where I really understood and felt what it was like to be in symbiosis with the elements of nature, and I will never forget it!   

Your go-to TAIGA board(s) and why?

My favorite TAIGA board is the hard Kazuzu! Not only do I think it's soooo so beautiful (especially in khaki), but it also offers a great riding experience! 

If you had to choose one ‘’dream spot’’ to go and enjoy your board, where would it be and why?

Having surfed in the icy waters of Tofino in the middle of winter as well as in the warm waters of Central America, I am definitely a fan of tropical temperatures!

For the eternal chilly person that I am, it's quite challenging to put on a wetsuit, boots and gloves when they're still wet from the previous day's session... it's very doable, but oh! So much more difficult than putting on a bikini! :) 

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?

Don't take yourself too seriously, be patient with yourself while you learn, persevere and most of, all have fun!