Last quarter: Full Action

If you’ve followed my facebook page you’ll know that it’s been a packed few months since the Hydrofoil Pro Tour event in Mauritius. Here is a quick run-through of the various events I had the chance to shoot since September, intercalated by a trip to Nepal which really deserves its own article. Hang tight for that.

The TAG Heuer Kitesurf Comp

I had never sailed, kited or even been at that spot so it was a pleasant novelty. The event included racing and a freestyle contest where I was stoked to get in the water and shoot the guys up close, with the professionals jumping right over my head. I did wear a helmet and I can’t wait to go back to it again.


Rope Access work in Port Louis

My highest job on a building yet with Otelair, 100 meters above the streets and I’d been looking forward to taking photos from a rope. The job consisted in placing large stickers to change the color of the tower at the top of the telecom building. Tricky with the wind and even cold when hidden from the sun, I almost got sick from it one week before going to Nepal…

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The Indian Ocean Triathlon

LUX* Sports events are always full of French, South African, Australian competitors and more, so they’re a breath of fresh air for our small island. Starting and finishing at Le Morne through the famous Chamarel climb and back around the South West coast, it was probably the toughest race I shot this year.


The Southern Tropical Challenge MTB Race (STC)

This stage race is a classic. Compared to last year I was very happy to ride my motorbike around: much easier to catch the riders despite the big drone packpack and camera bag attached to my chest. With circuits even more beautiful, plus shooting four days and sleeping in a tent for three nights made for a rugged photo mission.


En norsk besøkende

On the last day of the STC my friend Mette, who I accompanied to Expedition Amundsen earlier this year, arrived from Norway for a week of outdoors bonanza. We went from hiking to cycling and kayaking, with some extra waterskiing and running for her, climbing for me on the Pieter Both mountain with Avinash, a new climbing partner!


The Mauritius Adventure Raid Trophy

This multi-sport team race is surely the most fun of the year thanks to the variety of action it offers. A new concept in its second edition. Run, bike, zipline, archery, river trek and SUP await you and your team next year!


What’s new, what’s next?

News are in the video field where a couple of projects are slowly taking shape, along with a commercial assignment that will soon be shareable. It is summer on the island, smells of flowers and fruits have infused the atmosphere and the festive season is right around the corner. On a hike today I surprised myself just enjoying the trail, hopping over branches and swinging around trees, not thinking about anything in particular, not making plans or reflecting about the past. Noticing this felt really great, as my mind is generally buzzing with all kinds of things… Hoping to experience more of it before the new year starts, with new goals and energy, I wish you the same for this festive season and a very fulfilling 2017.

Peace,

Xavier

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