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Joan Duru

Joan Duru

Von: Capbreton Age: 27

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04/25/89

Birth Place:  Bayonne

Currently Living:  Capbreton

Years Surfing:  17

Sponsors: Volcom Clothing, Vans, Fcs, Gorilla, Café de paris

Favorite Spot:  Santosha

Favorite country:  France

Goals:  CT

First board: FiFi Chevalier

Warm Ups: Sometimes

What gets you motivated to surf?:  Barrel’s

Side Tracks: BBQ’S

Music/Bands:  Booba

Videos/Movies: Mesrine

Best style: Life.

Random Information:  I Like BBQ’S

Favorite Volcom Jeans: Black Bart Jeans.

Favorite Boardshorts: Mod Tech Pro.

One thing you can't leave home without: Some money to eat, haha.

Special Thanks:  All my sponsors, family and friends.

Fill in the blank: Hello. My name is  Joan Duru, some people call me xtegue. I would best describe my hometown as  incredible. I've traveled quite a bit, but by far the best place I've been is France, because it is my home with my friends and family. But, by far most worse trip ever was to Australia.

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Interview of Joan Duru - Qualification WT 2017
Congratulations goes out to Volcom's Joan Duru for qualifying for the prestigious 2017 World Surf League Tour! The 27 year old Frenchman's main goal this past year was to qualify for the World Tour, and he's done it! Ranking in at the #4 spot, just behind Frederico Morais, Ethan Ewing, and Connor O'Leary, Joan has earned his way to the big stage to compete with the world's best. Expect to see Joan dominating at big barreling spots like Fiji, Teahupoo, and Pipeline, while unleashing his explosive backhand at spots such as Snapper Rocks, Bells Beach, and Lower Trestles! Catch up with Joan and his road to qualification with this exclusive interview below. Joan Duru 2017 Qualification Interview   Do you have any passions or hobbies besides surfing? I like to go mountain biking with my friends or my dad. Tasty beef ribs, some wine with my buddies or spending time with my girlfriend. On the WQS (World Qualifying Series) Tour this year, you seemed calm and relaxed with good results following. Did you change something in the way you train? I didn’t make any changes for a long time, and it seems that it just started working. I’m 100% dedicated to my work with Mayhem, a board sponsor I’ve been working with for one year now. I always had magic boards, which allowed me to mainly focus on the rest. photo: Andrew Christie Is that what we used to call “maturity“ or “gaining experience“? It’s true that priority establishment totally changed my life on the WQS. Priorities make it easier because you can wait for the best wave without being afraid of someone who will get through to the inside at the last minute. The only thing to focus on is trying not to fall down! Tell us about your strong moments during the 2016 season. Starting with the second place at the Ballito Pro helped me a lot, as there were only a few prime events that year. And now, I’m glad, and more than happy that I made a semi final at Haleiwa despite the pressure of the qualification, but the good waves made it amazing! Joan blasting through a Haleiwa section on his way to a strong semi final finish. (photo: Jason Shibata) Working more on your physical and surf training this year definitely seemed to help you. Do you think it's imperative for surfers to train physically as well? I love sports, and I feel really bad if I’m not doing anything, thus training is not a chore, but a real pleasure! Moreover, Maud Le Car (girlfriend and Volcom surf team rider) and a group of young frenchy surfers such as Cloarec, Charly Quivront, and Bastien are lucky to have Charly Ducamp as a personal trainer, who is actually a great coach for me too. On the surf side, I’ve been working with Manu Portet for several years now. He was there to support me at all contests where I made my good results, so the training shows! How will you feel when you will officially be on the elite Championship Tour? Satisfied or pressured? "I feel really excited, but I’m aware of the very high level, so I will have to train harder physically, and technically, so that I can hope to face and beat the world's best surfers."   What are your ambitions on the Tour? To be qualified again for the CT in 2018 would be amazing. What’s your objective going into the 2017 season? To make quarters in the first contests. That would be an epic way to kick off the year. What are your plans to get ready for this new life ahead? I’ll spend winter in France to train hard, spend time with my girlfriend, my family, and my mates. I have to get ready for the upcoming year, because it’s going to be a long, tough year, with many contests. I’m lucky to have Maud by my side in Australia, and I really hope my family will be able to come over one or two contests to fully enjoy it. photo: Andrew Christie The Olympic Games. How do you feel about it? You’re still young and will obviously be a contender to be a member of the French team. Do you have an interest in that? Yes, it’s my dream, and I’ll work as hard as I can to make it happen! How are you going to celebrate this accomplishment? I think we’ll have to rent a room to gather all my friends and family to celebrate. Any last words? I want to thank all the people that supported me: my girlfriend, my family, my friends, and all my sponsors: Volcom, Vans, Mayhem, Creatures of Leisures, and Hercules, who never stopped believing in me for all these years. Let’s celebrate now!!!
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Joan Duru wins the Lacanau Pro 2016
Credit WSL In 2009, the French surfer Joan Duru, 20years old, won the Lacanau Pro against the World Tour veteran, Travis Logie (working now for the WSL). 7 years later, Joan wins again the oldest french surf contest, the 4th WQS winning of his life, and earns 1500 WQS points! Credit WSL Heat after heat, Joan showed incredible surf skills in solid conditions, scoring big numbers. The semi final with his buddy from Hossegor, Marc Lacomare was the high point of Joan’s contest where he showed that his place is well on the World Tour. Credit WSL Joan is still sitting at the 4th place of the WQS ranking, and can take a serious option for the WL 17 qualification in the next couple weeks with the European leg. Congrats Joan, that’s well deserved! Credit WSL More pictures of the event : HERE
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World's Best Left Hander
Who is the world's best left hander? Jimi Hendrix? Phil Mickelson? Babe Ruth? Perhaps. But let's talk about surfing, and waves. The Pipeline left. Or to newbies, "The Banzai Pipeline." Located on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, to what many call the best and most dangerous wave in the world. Notorious for large winter swells breaking in shallow water just above a sharp and cavernous reef, has been home to countless professional surfers and has claimed, unfortunately, many lives. A world-class wave to which professional surfers gather to year-after-year to compete in the prestigious Pipeline Masters and Volcom Pipe Pro, in high hopes of being added to the iconic list of "Pipe Masters." To a casual spectator standing on the beach Pipeline may look like a repetitious, learned-wave, but for every surfer who's been courageous enough to take on that beast, knows each wave is a very different creature. The slightest hesitation, the one-second mistiming, the wrong board, can be the difference between a fatal blow and a wave of your life. Gavin Beschen, perfect timing at Pipeline. With heavy offshore winds, it's even more difficult to get in front of that wave. When you spend time and you're familiar with something, you know how it's going to act and react, and how you're going to act and react, so you're probably going to have a greater chance of playing the odds well. But no one ever feels like they have mastered Pipeline. I don't think anyone will ever feel that way. There's always some little bit more you can push it. -Kelly Slater Kelly Slater, 2016 (photo: Brian Bielmann) There are four famous waves associated with Pipeline. The left, known as Pipeline (a.k.a. First Reef), is the well-known and most photographed of the four. The right, known as Backdoor, is the same wave as Pipeline, but breaks in the other direction. Then there's Second Reef, which breaks farther outside when the swells gets larger, and Third Reef sitting way outside, which doesn't break often, but when the swells are massive, gets its chance to shine. Pipeline from above. First Reef (photo: Andrew Christie) Pipeline First Reef (foreground) throwing some massive tubes. When swells generate larger waves, Second Reef (background) breaks outside and whitewash rolls into First Reef, hitting the shallow waters throwing huge barrels (photo: Andrew Christie) So why is Pipeline the world's best left hander? Aside from the media attention, iconic surfers who've earned their reputation there: Gerry Lopez, Shaun Tomson, Mark Richards, Michael & Derek Ho, Tom Carroll, Kelly Slater, Jamie O'Brien, Andy Irons, John John Florence, etc., status as the world's most dangerous wave, and so on, it's more personal than that. Let's take a look and jot down some memorable points of difference that the Pipeline left offers more than any other single wave in the world. Here are 5 reasons why Pipeline tops all lefts in the world 1. It's hollow and powerful... No one out?! (photo: Brian Bielmann) Notice the boils on the face of the wave. These come from just underneath the water a few feet due to the shallow reef (photo: Brian Bielmann) When there is swell at Pipeline, it's nearly impossible that the left does not barrel These swells travel thousands of miles to the Pipeline shore and explode with more force than you'd like to know. Being taken out by one of these waves may just end your surfing career.   2. One wave can be the wave of your life... Gavin Beschen, local Pipeline standout, has been surfing this left since his teenage years (photo: Andrew Christie) Ecuadorian Carlos Goncalves, far from home, comes to Hawaii every winter to surf this left and is always packing heat (photo: Andrew Christie) European goofy foot shredder Joan Duru finding a clean one at Pipeline at the 2016 Volcom Pipe Pro (photo: Lugo)   3. Surfing careers are made, legends are created... Kelly Slater states Pipeline as one of his all-time favorite waves, and for good reason, too. Kelly has had tons of success in contests here, winning his first of many Pipeline Masters in the early 90s (photo: Jack Morrissey)   4. It's one of the most difficult waves to learn... 1 of 2 - Makai McNamara goes over the falls during the 2016 Volcom Pipe Pro finals - video of this fall below (photo: Brian Bielmann) 2 of 2 - Makai McNamara (photo: Brian Bielmann) Fred Patacchia, one of Hawaii's most likable humans, in a very unlikeable place on a meaty one at Pipeline (photo: Brian Bielmann) Watch some of the worst wipeouts at Pipeline during the 2016 season   5. Front row viewing experience... photo: Andrew Christie Spectators gather on the beach year-after-year to watch the Pipe Masters and Volcom Pipe Pro to get an up-close view of the world's best surfers competing at the world's best left hander (photo: Andrew Christie) Volcom Hawaii houses are stationed directly in front of Pipeline where we house team riders and employees throughout the year (photo: Andrew Christie) photo: Andrew Christie   In honor of National Left Handers Day today, let us know what your favorite left is (or left you wish to surf) in the comments below!
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Joan Duru — One Day in Morocco
Couple years ago, Joan Duru scored one unbelievable 10ft wave in Morocco that people are still talking about! Last week  forecasts looked great and Joan and his friend Marc Lacomare set up a quick trip in the North of Africa. Unfortunately the swell was not so big than expected  but the boys managed to score one good day of surfing! Joan showed again why most people call his backhand surfing one of the best in the world. After a great WQS season start, with a semi final at the Volcom Pipe Pro, Joan is now in Australia for the 2 first big WQS events of the season. Good luck!!! 
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The World belongs to those who get up early with Joan Duru
Joan Duru is often the first in the water and the last to go out! This September 15th, he enjoyed one of the best surf session of the year under the eye of Alex Lesbats. Don’t miss this impressive short clip, the last wave is insane!
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ELI — Joan Duru, Charly Quivront, Justin Becret
Three generations of surfers are reunited in this clip with one only obsession: the green room! Joan Duru, one of the best european surfer, Charly Quivront, one top european junior surfer and the super grom Justin Becret are enjoying perfect waves in the south west of France. Trust us, there's nowhere you'd rather be right now.