MAXIME CHABLOZ, 21 SWITZERLAND
Maxime Chabloz is one of the riders who wants to do just this. This man has been at the top of the kitesurfing freestyle scene for the last few years, and we are sure he will be claiming his first GKA Freestyle Kite world title anytime soon.
Nevertheless, Maxime not only limits himself to watersports competition. He was born and raised in the Swiss Alps and has recently become the Ski Freeride World Tour Champion 2022.
“At the first event of the freeride ski world tour, I got 5th which I was thrilled with and then at the following three competitions I managed to win them all, which was pretty unexpected as I had only just qualified the year before. One of the main reasons I believe I won was that I went into these events with no expectations, not really wanting a world title but just being realistic with myself about my level. I knew I had the level to win the events, but I never thought to myself I had to win events.
“I started wingfoiling because I wanted something to do when the conditions were not so great for freestyle. I don’t take wingfoiling as seriously as kitesurfing and skiing, but I still love to compete and show the world what I can do in different sports.
“It’s also quite exciting with wingfoiling because the sport is so new, and we don’t know its direction. For example, in skiing and freestyle, we have already established the best and most prestigious events a rider can win. For instance, in freestyle kitesurfing, I really enjoy the GKA Freestyle World Cup SuperKite Brazil because it’s been the final event of the season recently and it has fantastic conditions. In freeride skiing, you have the Verbier Xtreme Championships.
But in wingfoiling, we are still in the development stage where we don’t know which event will hold the most prestige. This excites me and keeps me motivated to discover and go to each event.”