L'Île de Ré Kite

Ile de Ré is my top kite-surfing playground.

Hugo Guias is a professional kite-boarder. His family has roots on the Ile de Ré, and he moved there when he was still very young. Today, he has formed a special attachment to the place he calls home, a place of land and sea. Here, he tells us about it in his own words.

The Ile de Ré has always been my playground. Even though I was born in Paris, my family is from here and I’ve known the island all my life. When I was 14, I told my parents that I wanted to leave Paris and live on the island. In the end they agreed, seeing that I wasn’t fulfilling my potential there.

I was already into sailing and windsurfing, but when I was in high school I discovered kite-surfing and set my mind on becoming one of the best in the world. I travelled to Brazil for work, and even though it was hard to achieve my goal I did so, and found myself among France’s best in the sport.

There’s always somewhere to go

I moved back to the Ile de Ré because I’m incredibly attached to the place. And there’s more than just kite-surfing! I do skateboard, surfing, windsurfing... The best thing about the island is that there is always somewhere to go, whichever direction the wind is blowing. If you like surfing, there are good spots for beginners and seasoned surfers alike.

I don’t spend all year on the Ile de Ré: I’m lucky enough to live in a region with bags of potential for water sports! I also love La Palmyre, for example.

But I always come back to the Ile de Ré, where once my day’s kite-surfing is done, I can do a bit of skateboarding before enjoying the sunset with my friends from the terrace of a bar. It’s hard to find better...

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