Laura St-Cyr Labbé

Who is Lou from the TAIGA TRIBE?

I'm a big fan of last-minute trips, frothing over new experiences, meet-ups and learning. As I tire easily of following a routine, I’m often in search of short weekend getaways that will allow me to disconnect or even go on a trip where I can immerse myself in an environment that is unknown to me. 

To me, TAIGA TRIBE is a unique team, and it has a vibe of its own. It's a community of enthusiasts who never get bored.  

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 fickle! If I'm not on the water, I'm probably enjoying the weather with my buddies, camping off the 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 is in the warm waters of Central America, specifically in Nicaragua. I surfed my very first long wave on a longboard there. That was the first time where I really understood what it was like to be in-sync or one with nature – I'll 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 smooth ride! 

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’m definitely a fan of tropical temperatures!

Being someone who’s constantly cold, 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 doable, but man is it 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!