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How these two kite-surf siblings train and travel together

By February 26, 2021August 5th, 2021Kite surfing

How these two kite-surf siblings train and travel together

by Sensi Graves Feb 26 03:00 PST

Camille and Capucine Delannoy © Svetlana Romantsova

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2020 was the year of the installation, the hooking up and for these two dynamos of French kitesurfing, to train more than ever. In our new series, we’ll explore how GKA athletes train for competition. As the level of kitesurfing continues to explode, competitors dive deep into diet, training and mental strategy.

We sat down with siblings Camille and Capucine Delannoy for a glimpse into their unique relationship and how they push each other on and out of the water.

Even though he is still only 22 years old, Camille Delannoy is already a veteran of the tour. He was born and raised in France before moving to Prea, Brazil with his family and it was there that he perfected his overpowered riding style. He always seems more comfortable when the conditions are really good and his level of strapless freestyle is high. Its front rollers are some of the smoothest, finest and sleekest on the market and it engages hard when it’s on the water. We asked Camille a few questions about his training style and how he pushes his sister in his riding.

Capucine is Camille’s younger sister, but make no mistake, her drive is powerful and versatile. She’s already one to watch on tour and we’re sure to see some great things from her this year!

Read on for their training schedule, how they like to travel together, and what they have planned for 2021!

Camille Delannoy

How do you help Capucine train?

I don’t know if I can say that I really help her but we spend a lot of time together on the water and being able to ride with her is, I think, motivates her a lot!

Can you explain a typical training day to us?

I can’t give away all of my secrets but it does include a lot of training (in and out of the water), a lot of food and a lot of sleep. I think food is really important and can really make a huge difference in how you feel and how you ride. I am not a vegetarian, but I try to be aware of what I eat and how I feel.

What are your favorite pre-competition foods?

Something light that I can digest quickly. I usually don’t eat that much on a competition day and when I do, only small portions. For example nuts, granola bars, etc.

What is your secret to succeeding in competition?

I think preparation is the key. Again, I can’t give away all my secrets but arriving prepared and confident on a competition day is one of the key factors for success in competition. Of course, even with a lot of preparation it doesn’t assure me that I’m going to do well but it certainly helps.

What are your 2021 goals?

My goals have always been to compete and achieve the best possible results. With the current situation, I don’t know when the next event will take place so my objectives were quite different: I made projects that I always wanted to do but I never had the time (ex: Isole) and I still focus on training but in a different way. I am now more about progression in both freestyle and waves and am finding my own style of riding while trying to bring new things to the sport.

When were you sponsored?

I had my first partnership at 16, it was the start of everything for me!

What’s the best thing about traveling with your sister?

Being able to go to the best places in the world and ride the best waves with her is pretty cool! I’m really happy to be able to share something that is meaningful to both of us.

What’s the worst thing?

When she wants to cook (we usually end up ordering pizza).

How did the move to Brazil go?

I was 13, just started kitesurfing and because we moved to Brazil I was able to kite every day for 6 months a year! So I can’t really complain, it was like heaven to me and I couldn’t ask for anything else.

Favorite saying, quote or mantra?

Have a great time all the time.

How do you keep the board on your feet ?!

Haha this is maybe the question I get asked the most … To put it simply, I use the wind pushing the board against my feet and the rotation helps too. In theory, it’s simple, but on the water it doesn’t always go as planned.

Do you train out of the water?

Sure! I train out of the water almost every day. It’s mostly to prevent injuries and take care of my knee.

How did the confinement go for you?

In fact, I feel bad talking about my confinement … I was in Brazil, windy almost every day so I can’t complain! I worked out a lot (in and out of the water) and did things that I never had time to do, so for me the lockdown was actually pretty good.

What’s your favorite tip?

The triple front roller is definitely one of my favorites!

Capucine Delannoy

How can you help you train with a sibling?

Being always in the water together, training and pushing our limits together helps us a lot!

Can you explain a typical training day to us?

In a typical day, I study in the morning, when the wind picks up, I kite and at the end of the afternoon, I train.

What are your favorite pre-competition foods?

During a competition, I eat small meals, and only things that I can digest quickly, so I can feel comfortable in my heat! Plus, I drink lots of water to stay hydrated.

What is your secret to succeeding in competition?

I think it’s a lot of preparation before the competition physically and mentally and a lot of hours in the water. Also a few minutes before a round I like to enter a “bubble” and not think of the pressure but only of the tricks that I am going to do. My dad helps me with that!

What are your 2021 goals?

My goal this year is to win an event and keep improving my freestyle and my waves.

When were you sponsored?

I had my first sponsor when I was 12 years old.

What’s the best thing about traveling with your brother or sister?

Being able to discover new places, spots and cultures together is incredible!

What’s the worst thing?

When it falls on my waves !!

How did the move to Brazil go?

I was 7 years old, and I was really happy to be able to live on a beach, learn to kite and ride my horse.

Favorite saying, quote or mantra?

Difficult question I asked my family and apparently the quote I say the most is “I’m hungry”

How do you keep the board on your feet ?!

With the wind and a little speed during the rotation.

Do you train out of the water?

Yes, I try to train every day.

How did the confinement go for you?

I spent the confinement at home, in Brazil where I was able to kite and train every day so I can’t complain!

How does it feel to be the youngest kitesurf competitor?

It’s really cool, everyone is really nice to me and gives a lot of advice. Plus I feel really lucky to be able to learn from other talented runners!

What’s your favorite tip?

The double front roller !!

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