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Maud Le Car

Maud Le Car

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DOB: 05/25/1992
Birthplace: St. Martin, French Caribbean
Currently living: Capbreton, France
Sponsors: Volcom, Vans, Electric, Paraketo

What do you love most about being a pro surfer, and what's the toughest part?
The thing I love the most being a surfer pro is the lucky opportunity to live my passion and to travel in the all world and to discover countries, amazing waves and landscapes while spending my days in the water. I always wanted to be a pro surfer and I work so hard for it so I am proud today to be living my dreams. Being a pro surfer means making a lot of sacrifices like living far from my family and friends and focusing all the time on my goals.

How do you mentally prepare yourself for a contest?
I think it is most important to always do always your best, put all the chance on your side to succeed and to not have any regrets. I look at contests as a game; playing on the waves and trying to improve myself and my surfing in any kind of situation because surfing is my passion and something I love to do.

How do you describe your surfing style?
I think my surfing style is radical and engaged - sometimes a little bit aggressive.

What do you like to do during your down time (when you're not surfing)?
My second passion is art - I love to paint, spray and draw. I am painting a lot on surfboards, canvas's or skateboards recently to vary my creativity. I also did my first art show this summer!

How long have you been on the women's tour and how enjoyable is it?
I have been on the women's tour for three years and it sincerely get's better every year. Sometimes the contests make me nervous but i still have fun because surfing is something I love to do.

What's more inspiring to you at this moment, love and happiness or money and fame?
For sure love and happiness.

What charities are you involved in?
I am involved in Keep A Breast (Association against breast cancer). I recently painted a bust that is going to be sold to raise money for the association. In the future I would love to have my own association for the protection of the environment and the ocean.

Is there any place in the world you have not yet surfed but have always wanted to?
Mentawaii!!!

What's the secret to your fit body?
Eat raw and fresh food and always keep my body in action... have fun do sports.

Fancy restaurant or local night club?
Local night club!

What makes Volcom Women's so unique?
We are rocking!!! We are able to be natural and be completely ourself without complex

What do you wan the girls out there reading to never forget?
To believe in your own dream and never give up. You girls are all special and amazing so go big, have fun and be happy !

RECENT NEWS + VIDEO

Womens
Interview with Coco Ho
We had a chance to catch up with our surf rockstar, Coco Ho, and ask her some questions. Here's what our girl had to say... Which waves/ spots currently on tour best showcase a surfers potential? I think different waves/locations on tour show strengths and weaknesses for every individual, but it seems every year the divide gets smaller and smaller, every surfer on tour these days is so well rounded in all types of waves and locations. Is there a wave that better showcases women’s vs mens?  Men definitely shine in waves of consequence like Tahiti and Pipeline and the women have really been stepping it up and showing the world how good they are at waves like Snapper and Bells. I think having events together the women have learned a lot from the men's tour in regards to innovative and progressive surfing in heats. These days it's not uncommon to see women throwing down big combos and airs in heats.  Name the most impressive moment on tour that’s happened so far this year (mens or women’s)? To be honest the most impressive moment would have to be what happened in the final at J-Bay. Impressive to see that another competitor, in this case Julian Wilson, putting their own life in jeopardy to save another competitor. This showcased how deep all the men and women's friendships are on this tour. To be put in a situation like that and what their natural instincts were in that moment - that's true heroism and that to me is the most impressive moment in surf to date, period. What is one note/ word of encouragement or advice you give to every single person you work with?  "POSITIVE reinforcement” I really want to instil in every surfer I work with a very strong self belief in their ability, no matter what the conditions are like or what score they need. That trust needs to come from them being confident in their own decision making. Having good preparation and sticking to a solid routine will see you compete at your best….. Training, do you do it? Ratio of training to actual surfing?  Yes train the body and the mind.  The tour is gruelling and you need to stay on top of your health if you are going to succeed also eating heathy is a must. Actual surfing is the best training you can do, but to get the edge then you need to work hard whether it be full on gym sessions, Swimming, Yoga etc   …….. "hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” Name three toughest waves on tour to wire?  The Box (Margaret River), Chopes ( Tahiti), Pipeline (Hawaii) The three most fierce women’s competitors on the tour right now?  Sally Fitzgibbons, Carissa Moore and Courtney Conlogue
Womens
Interview with Maud Le Car
We had a chance to catch up with our very own Maud Le Car this week to ask her about her strong quarter final finish at Copa El Salvador Impresionante. Here's what she had to say... Was this your first trip to El Salvador? Have you surfed or heard of this wave before? This was my first trip to El Salvador and all I heard about this wave of Punta Roca, the wave of the contest, was that it's an amazing long right, a world class wave in super warm water. What to you like about surfing this wave?  I like surfing this wave because it's just so rippable. I love long rights and Punta Roca is a point break so it's always breaking in the same place with a long wall all the way down until the end of the wave. You can make so many turns in the pocket, it's just paradise. What are/were your favorite things about this trip? My favorite things about this trip were first the wave of Punta Roca and the fact that I made a result but more so that I had the opportunity to show my surf. I learned a lot during this contest about myself and the way I abord contest. What made the difference, why did you do so well at this event?  I think what made the difference in this contest was the way I changed my vision of competing. I started this year in 5th and 9th place and expected others good results to qualify in the world tour 2016. I put so much pressure on myself, I couldn't even just do my surf during a heat… I had been losing on the first round on the last 3 events and that was really frustrating. It was hard to see my dream for the qualification this year go a little bit farther away every first round I didn't make. I realized that whatever the results, what I love the most is just surfing and the amazing feeling surfing gives me. The simple fact that to surf makes me feel so alive and happy is the most important thing for me. So I went to El Salvador just to HAVE FUN and without expecting or waiting for a result. I think I did well because I was enjoying my heats and was just thinking about destroying the waves and not about the result. Tell us what you were thinking about while in your heat(s)? And where are you off to now? It's weird but during my heats I was thinking about nothing! I was just breathing, waiting for the waves and once the wave was there I just focused on surfing my best - limitless- Now I am off to France, my "second home", and I am happy to be back training and I am super motivated for upcoming events in France and the last 6000 in Pantin. I am going to stay on the same good vibes and do my best to have fun. Do you plan on traveling to El Salvador again? Why? For sure I will be back in El Salvador if the contest is ON next year! Or maybe for a surf trip to do a surf video… Such fun waves in Salvador and there are many good spots for great footage and practicing on a really great rights.
Womens
Volcom Women’s Introduces Stone Row
We are excited to announce our newest collection, Stone Row.    This collection is for the rebel, the wild, the unstoppable girl on the road. Designed to pack light and look good. Loose Ties Sweater  These are statement pieces you will keep forever to wear again and again.  See Me Pants   This collection is for the girl who is so stylish yet spends more time living life than getting ready for it.  Don't Cowl Me Tank These pieces are for you. Pieces that are favored and get better with time.   Volcom Stone Row Hat Shop the entire Stone Row Collection
Womens
Lady Grouplove DIY
Our Lady Grouplove Collection has inspired us in so many ways to be creative and artistic. For this DIY, we reached inside ourselves to find our “artistic abilities” and used those creative juices to make these rad LGL inspired pots. Here’s what you need Spray Paint (we used white and black based on the collection) Multiple pots in different sizes Acrylic paint (white and black) Very small and thin paint brush This project is best done outdoors. Make sure you have a smooth surface to work on. Lay down some newspaper or anything lying around so as not to get spray paint on anything. To help get every inch of the pot evenly sprayed, place a brick or plank of wood down and place the pot on top. Spray the pot at least 10 inches away from the pot and lightly coat with color. You want even layers so as not to make drip marks on the pot. Once you’ve completed spray painting the outside of the pot, let it dry for a few minutes. Once dry, place the pot right side up on the table and spray paint the inside.  Set aside and let dry overnight. Start on your next pot. This time using black spray paint and repeat the steps before. Once all of your pots have dried, you can start the painting process! For this part, we went to volcom.com/ladygrouplove and looked at which pieces we wanted to recreate. Not every paint stroke was perfect, but we felt it added charm and once it was all finished it looked great! Our Tip:: Go slowly. Sometimes the paintbrush has a mind of its own, so if you want straight lines, take your time. The finished product! Shop the pieces that inspired this post! Lady Grouplove Jacket Lady Grouplove Pants Lady Grouplove Bralette Lady Grouplove Leggings
Womens
Lady Grouplove Events
Last weekend was full of excitement as we held two major events with Tilly's for our Lady Grouplove Collection! The first event was held at the Towne Center in Long Beach, CA on Saturday. Fans were standing in line since 2AM anxiously waiting to meet Grouplove and get their albums and t-shirts signed! The band members wore pieces from the Lady Grouplove Collection in support of the line & singer Hannah Hooper!  Kaitlin Meeder, a truly dedicated fan, was chosen to perform with the band and was moved to tears as she was living her dream!   At our second event, die hard fans fled to Irvine Spectrum in support of Volcom Womens & Grouplove to see the band perform as well as receive pieces from the line & signed albums! Once again, the band members wore pieces from the Lady Grouplove Collection and looked amazing doing so! Kaitlin made it back on the stage for the second event with more confidence than ever! The crowd went wild in support of their fellow fan. Photos by Chris Martinez. Featured items… Lady Grouplove Tee Lady Grouplove Denim Jacket Lady Grouplove Pants
Womens
Carrie Underwood wearing VOLCOM in US Weekly!
We are thrilled to find Carrie Underwood in the current issue of US Weekly wearing our Stone Wild Shorts from the new Stone Row Collection! She looked amazing at the CMA Festival strutting her stuff on stage and in our shimmering shorts! The girl can pull off anything with those legs! See a clip from Carrie Underwood's Instagram! Shop our Stone Wild Shorts.