Wednesday 29th April
Words: Kate Chandler | Pictures: Ydwer van der Heide & Svetlana Romantsova
We’re here to bust the Covid19 blues with another episode of Meet the Team, and this week we’re beginning to introduce our judges, starting with head judge Mallory de la Villemarque.
Plus: if you’re a fan of Rita Arnaus, read on to find out how you can ask her your questions in our live interview coming up tonight…
What does it take to judge the performance of the best kiteboarding athletes in the world?
Born in Guadeloupe you could say that Mallory was destined to be a watersports enthusiast of some sort, however it wasn’t until he moved to Tarifa, the kite capital of Europe, at the age of 15 that he got into kitesurfing. In fact he got so hooked on the sport, that he was competing freestyle in the World Championships within a few years, which is every young kitesurfer’s dream. However, his competition days were plagued with injury upon injury, and instead of competing, Mallory decided to focus his attention on studying:he chose Hawaii as the place to study for a degree in Management.
It was in Hawaii that the Kite-Surf discipline caught his attention, as a keen surfer it seemed like the natural progression for a kite-loving, wave fanatic and very quickly he was hooked, Kite-Surf became Mallory’s passion and riding waves still is his obsession to this day. After finishing his degree Mallory decided to return to Tarifa, and it was here he took his first job in the kite industry, as a distributor for F-One.