Skater and surfer, Simon is our skate referent. He started out surfing and even started competing, but quickly switched to skateboarding. In 2002/2004, with a friend of his, they started skateboarding intensively, riding non-stop! Then came the idea to start small local competitions, and travel all over France to tackle the big skateparks of the most famous cities. Through his quality content, he will take you on a journey to all the famous surf and skate spots. @simonleaute
Where do you come from ?
I am originally from the Vendée and more precisely from Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile. It's a small town just below Nantes.
What was the trigger for you? What made you progress?
I really had a revelation when I spent a year in Australia on the East coast. I discovered the bowl, I skated with real professionals, notably with Steve Cabalero and Bucky Lasek. We went all over town, looking for the best spots to do our best sessions. It really made me progress and when I came back to France I participated in the French championships. I got the title of vice champion of France in 2012/2014/2015.
What does surfing & skateboarding mean to you?
Surfing is now part of my lifestyle. As soon as I can, I'm in the water. I'm always looking to progress and discover new spots. Surfing is a sport that I like to practice alone, although at the beginning it is easier when you are surrounded. Today it's a real breath of fresh air when I go in the water and can concentrate better on my surf while alone.
Skateboarding was a niche, a bunch of friends and above all a great understanding. It's a sport that is very individual but at the same time, if you need advice, everyone is very open to answer your questions.
What is your best advice for getting started with skateboarding?
The key in skateboarding is frequency and guidance. When you start it's better to share as much as possible, to take the good automatisms to be able to fall.
What are your top destinations?
In Europe, I would say Barcelona because the city has several spots very suitable for skateboarding. Since then, it's been a virtuous circle, thanks to the infrastructures, a real community of skateboarders has been created. In France, Bordeaux is now the first skate friendly city, the road surface is perfectly adapted. Thanks to Darwin's presence, there are even skateboarders who are ready to relocate to take advantage of it! Internationally, it would be Los Angeles. It's the Biarritz/Hossegor of over there, all the sponsors and cameramen are there. For all skateboarders who want to break through, it's a crucial step.