Who is Pépé from the TAIGA club?
I have been a true SUP passionate since 2012. I am an experienced paddler in both calm and agitated waters, I like to surf the waves in Montreal, Nicaragua and the US East Coast. Over the years, I have participated in several races and have won the Triple Crown three times at MTL SUP Fest. Now a certified advanced trainer in calm waters, and an instructor in agitated waters with Paddle Canada, I continue to spread my passion and knowledge to the avid lovers of paddle surfing in Quebec.
When you don’t have both feet in the water, what do you do?
It is hard to find something to say! I am pretty much always on the water!
When I am not on the water, I am working on my music with my group, Les Filles du Roy!, for which I am a singer and percussionist. If not, I really enjoy living my Montreal through music and sports. I really like biking and longboarding. Or else, I really enjoy painting and visual arts, to which I dedicate a lot of my time.
What is your favorite spot (on the water, obviously) and why?
The Lachine rapids. For me, it is the most energizing place in Montreal. Unappreciated by many, it has a rich ecosystem, wild and full of energy. A true natural treasure and one-of-a-kind, it is the Holy Grail of agitated waters for me.
Your go-to TAIGA board(s) and why?
El Pepito 8’0 : This board was designed to be the most versatile in all types of SUP surf environments. Whether it’s the waves at Guy, the rapids in Lachine or the waves of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, this board offers the optimal mix of stability and manoeuvrability.
Racer 14’0 : Why do I use this board? It’s not complicated: its speed. Being on the water all the time, speed becomes a key element. The Racer 14’0 allows me to prepare for the summer races.
If you could choose one ‘dream destination’ for paddleboarding, where would it be and why?
San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua. There are several great SUP spots there (Remanso, Hermosa, Escameca, Yankee, etc.). This town is truly perfect, as it offers an exceptional variety of beaches with world-class surfing conditions.