Miss Stance : Marie Desandre Navarre
Name : Marie Desandre Navarre
Age : 31
Hometown : I grew up in Aix en Provence but I live in Port Saint-Louis du Rhône for six years now
Sponsors : F-one, Manera, Orao Eyewear, Sosh, MyProtein, Igwis et Hoalen
Years of riding : 7
Hello Marie! Could you introduced yourself in a few words to our readers?
I am a French kitesurfer who lives in Port Saint-Louis in Camargue where I train for half of the year for my competitions. I started competition in 2009 in speed and speed crossing. Since then, I have titles for World Vice Champion and France Vice Champion for speed and France Vice Champion for speed crossing. I am attracted by long distance races like the Défi kite de Gruissan that I won for two years in a row. Today, I can afford to live only kiting because of my sponsors. Outsides the competitions, we (Alex Caizergues and I) have the opportunity to travel a lot and it’s part of the job to produce good images.
How did you start kitesurfing?
I did the French Sports University like many people in kiteboarding, and I was selling kites and with my buddy Matt R, we decided to do lessons, intrigued by this discipline. We immediately got hook … Then I met Alex which has accelerated the thing as a double bite!!!
You tried different disciplines before focusing on speed a few years ago. What’s hooking you to speed?
For me, kiting is also being versatile so I do freestyle, strapless, foil, speed and I adapt my equipment due to the conditions. Today, I specialized in speed but we only have one event a year which is the Mondial du Vent…in the end I do more speed crossing because we have a french championship with four events. So I can stay in shape and practice my foiling skills. Speed is a unique discipline, the adrenaline rush is huge and we fight against ourselves , agaisnt your own chrono…limits remain mental and physical.
Your life partner is Alex Caizergues. How has your relation evolved with kiting?
I had the chance to meet Alex at the start of my kitesurfing life and of course I have progressed a lot because of him, he encouraged me to go out in any conditions so yes, I was traumatized a lot in strong winds but I have learned a lot!! But as we all know, kite and couple life are not always easy, you have to make sense of things and be well organized especially in competition, that’s what we managed to do. After, for coaching and tips, I often turn to his father, Philippe, who is much more a teacher.
You are also a passionate about healthy food and you have created a blog in which you share recipes. Did you follow a special training in health or is this a passion that you are interested in good food?
Yes, I have a cooking blog for a few years already (FB : “En cuisine avec Marie”) I am trying to transform gradually addressing a somewhat wider range than that of the food : wellness, sports, yoga, sport nutrition…I have no specific training currently. Basically, I love to eat in quantity and there are a few years ago, I as a little frustrated a this level, I had trouble finding my balance, what to eat, when to eat in relation to the physical activity exercised. Today, I feel great in my body and I want to share that by offering healthy but delicious recipes.
You have traveled a lot so what is your favorite spot for kiting so far? And where would you like to go?
Yes we travel a lot and so far I’ve had a few favorite spots. Already, my favorite spot is a spot where you can ride in a bikini, so I will say Union Island in the Grenadines, Anakao south of Madagascar and Taiba in Brazil. I would really like to go back in Brazil because 3 days it’s too short ( we had to shorten my first brazilien trip because of a minibus accident!). I would really like to go to Cuba for the kitesurfing scene but also for the rest!!
What are your other interests besides kiting?
I do bodybuilding and fitness as part of my physical preparation for competition but I am starting to like it a lot!! I do yoga since last fall, it allows me to stay grounded and concentrate. I love it!! It may very well be physical or just meditation, but it’s a good way to channel his energy. I love to read, meet people, spend time with my friends and family, it remains the basis and it makes me stronger.
What are your plans for 2015?
To have a beautilful kite season!! To challenge myself at the next Salt & Speed (starting March 14) and get my first approved stopwatch, get better with my new foil F-one and a podium on the highest step possible, in Speed Crossing. Progress on my personal projects that should see the day !! Continue to travel and meet beautiful people.
Who among your kite girlfriends should be our next Miss Stance?
I had the chance to meet Simone Swanepoel, a young rider from Durban that rocks in surf and freestyle and is cute!