HOSSEGOR, France (Monday, August 2, 2010) – Michel Bourez (Tahiti, PYF), 23, current ASP World No. 13 and former ASP European Champion (2006), sat down with Surf Euope senio editor Archi Jaeckin at the Nike 6.0 Roundhouse in Hossegor to talk about his 2010 run so far.
Coming from a surprising elimination in the early rounds of the Billabong Pro J-Bay after a brilliant equal 5th finish in Brazil, Bourez has already secured his first goal, to make the ASP Top 32 cut which will happen after his home event at the infamous location of Teahupoo.
During a stop over in France, we caught up with Tahitian Michel Bourez at the Nike 6.0 Roundhouse to have a chat about his season so far, the new World Tour structure and his immediate plans.
SE: At nearly the half way mark, four events in, are you satisfied with your season?
Michel Bourez: It has been a good start for me, sitting in 13th position and making the top 32 cut off was definitely one of my objectives. Reaching the quarter finals in Brazil will also be a good result to have for the end of year cut off. Having said that, I’m always trying to improve and move forward, so I’d also like to make the top 10. I know it’s going to be super hard with all those super talented surfers but it isn’t impossible. And another goal of mine is definitely to win my first event on tour. That would be amazing.
SE: How do you explain your result in Brazil compared to a relatively poor result at J-Bay where expectations were high following your performance in South Africa last year?
MB: Every contest is different even at a same location. It depends on the swell, on the guys you have in the draw etc. But I screwed up at J-Bay this year, falling on an important wave, not making that last move to win the heat. It was a tight heat and it didn’t go my way. In Brazil, I was super confident after a 9th place finish at Bell’s and I love going left, we’ve got a lot of lefts in Tahiti. The waves were powerful and my Firewires were perfectly tuned for those conditions. I knew I could get a result there.
Michel Bourez: Showing Confidence. Have you been focusing on your beach break skills this year?
No, I’d put that good result in Brazil down to my experience on tour. I’ve started to know the other guys a bit better, know their strengths and weaknesses, what to expect from them and I try to adapt to that during a heat. It gets very technical you know, I knew Parko was going…
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