Maxime is a French pro who I recently had the chance to get to know and film a bit while he was visiting Florida and staying at Jamie Huser's place. He's really good on the cable too, but he definitely has been making a name for himself in the international pro boat scene as of late. Riding with people like La Familia, Jamie Huser and Nic Rapa, it's no wonder he's pulling out some of these amazing and stylish hammers. He's also super chill to hang out with and, with his young age, who can tell what his career will hold. Check out his interview and some of his sick riding in the video below!
MR: 19 years old
WW: Years riding and years riding pro?
MR: 14 years riding and second year riding pro?
WW: Tell us a bit about how this year's experience was different for you. For example, riding with La Familia and then at Jamie's house?
MR: This experience was incredible. I got to ride and hang out with my favorite riders (La Familia) who are now friends. I competed against them and every other pro rider. Just being on tour at this level is something that I always dreamed of when I was young.
Hanging out and riding with Jamie was really great. We have a very good relationship now and I look forward to the future to keep pushing each other. We are pretty much at the same level, so we can really benefit from one to another.
I also got to ride with Nic Rapa. I saw his work ethic and that was insane. I respect that so much and I’d like to work like him and try to be as good as I can be in contests also.
WW: Who's better at soccer, you or Jamie?
MR: I’m way better than Jamie at soccer (haha). This guy can’t even juggle with the ball. I’m not great either, but he is just bad at it.
WW: How's the Euro wake scene compared to here?
MR: The Euro wake scene is much smaller than in America and it’s more toward cable. There’s not many European riders that make it out of Europe in boat, so I hope to be one of the few for sure.
WW: What's the rest of your season looking like?
MR: Rest of my season is a bunch of contests. There’s the PWT, WBWS, Double or Nothing, which I’m looking forward to. This event looks so fun. I can’t wait. In between contests, me and Jamie are going to try to film as much as possible. Just stacking clips and we might drop a part after the winter.
WW: What are some of your goals for the next few seasons?
MR: My goal for the next few seasons is to keep progressing, landing new tricks, getting creative with my tricks and also performing in contests. I want to be all-around. I want to be able to do it all!
WW: What's your training regimen like?
MR: My training routine is way different if there’s a contest coming up or not. If there’s no contest, I’ll try to learn new tricks or grabs and try to make things look good. But if I have a contest on a weekend, I’ll try to do my contest pass every day and that’s it.
WW: How many times do you ride a day and how do you find ice baths helping with recovery?
MR: I’ve been doing ice baths recently and I can really see a benefit, especially when I ride twice or three times a day. It helps me recover way faster to be honest.
WW: How have you been doing on this year's Pro Tour so far?
MR: PWT this season has been great so far. Got fifth at the first stop and seventh at the second stop. I wish I did better at the second one, but I’m still learning and trying to gain experience as much as possible. It’s all part of the process. I’m tied for 5th on the overall right now.
WW: What board do you ride?
MR: Ronix RXT 140
WW: Boots, vest, rope length, boat speed, boat weight?
MR: Ronix RXT boots (size 11), Sooruz Charraud Signature vest, 75-foot, 22.4 MPH, fully loaded
WW: Special thanks to anyone?
MR: Thanks to my family who support me so much and thanks to Sooruz and Ronix for sponsoring me and helping me alongside my journey.