In between surfing the Caribbean and doing her driver’s license, we caught up with the latest Volcom surf team addition Maud Le Car
Interview by Anna Langer
Hey Maude, what are you up to at the moment?
I am in St Martin for a week, having time to relax, surf at my home spot, shooting some photos, painting and trying to pass my driver license.
What else do you have planned over Summer?
I have a lot of contests this summer so my plan is to train a lot, improve my surfing and do well at the Pro Juniors and WQS events.
You gave a hand-painted surfboard to a charity for Orangutans earlier this year, have you always been an animal lover?
I love the wild life and I think the S.O.S foundation is working for a great cause so I wanted to support them.
How did you get involved with them?
My sponsor Volcom is collaborating with the S.O.S foundation and they introduce me to the cause. Right away I knew I wanted to join the auction.
Is the environment a big issue for you in general?
Of course, yes. I enjoy surfing in the ocean every day, enjoying the waves, the landscapes so it makes sense for me to respect our environment and keep it as wonderful as it is.
You also have a soft spot for art… how long have you been creating yourself and how did you get into in the first place?
I started painting and drawing super young, in my family my mom, grandmother and also grandgrandmother are painters so I naturally started playing around in my mom’s workshop.
There seems to be a lot of connection between surfing and art, our current cover girl, longboarder Margaux Arramon-Tucoo is a big artist too. Why do you think that is?
I think surfing brings out creativity in people, we travel a lot, discover a lot of different cultures and landscapes and spend all day enjoying the most beautiful part of the earth, the water. The ocean inspires me.
What was first then – surfing or creating art?
Creating art came first for me, I started surfing late at the age of 12 when other girls normally begin at the age of 7 or 8.
And, we know this is mean, but if you had to choose between the two, what would it be?
It would be surfing for sure! I love the two but surfing is my bigger passion.
You were runner up to the European ASP Title last year, how do you judge your chances this year?
It’s my last year in the juniors and I really want the ASP European Title! I am actually ranking 4th but it’s really close and the season just started, so I think I have my chances this year. I am working hard for it.
Which of the left over stops are you looking forward to most?
The spot I am looking forward to the most is Lacanau because it’s a 2 star event, the last one of the season and decisive for the ranking. And also I won it last year so I want to keep that title.
And which is your favourite break in Europe in general?
Hossegor overall because I feel at home.
Thanks a lot and if there’s anything else you’d like to get off your chest, here’s your chance!
Thanks to my sponsors Volcom, Seventy One percent and all the people supporting me – and thanks Cooler!
Follow her art, travel and surfing adventures on followthemaud.com
And here’s a lil clip of her surfing: