The Surfersvillage Interview
Justine Dupont charges big waves, the WSL QS and is within reach of a world longboard title
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 August, 2016 - Justine Dupont from Lacanau is one of Europe’s most versatile and talented all-around surfers. Like Maui's Kai Lenny she's carving out new territory as a pro who does more than just one discipline well.
She regularly ranks high on the Women's QS Tour, the Women's Longboard Tour and frequently drops into hell-sessions at big-wave spots like Belharra and Mullaghmore. She's had a great season so far and is ranked high on the women's QS smack in the middle of the European leg of the qualification race. Where will this year take her?
How would you describe what you do for work to a very small, inattentive child?
I am a lucky girl working hard to make my dreams come true.
What is it that you do professionally that you are most proud of?
Being able to question and push myself all the time is really hard, but super important. I am proud to be able to do it a lot.
What are you currently working on that you're really excited about?
I am working on new strategies to use during the contests - the necessary routines during heats and the mental part of being a pro surfer. It’s super exciting because the strategies are at least as important as the technical part for a surfer during a contest. The mental part is also going to help me a lot for my big waves season preparation.
Tell us what has been your biggest mistake and what did you learn from that mistake?
I got injured a couple times doing stuff I didn’t really want to do. I have learned to listen to my body and to be able to say STOP when I have a funny intuitive feeling.
Share with us your biggest Rocky Balboa moment (you know, punching meat in a freezer then running up the steps of City Hall with your own special theme music blaring.)
I really don’t have these kind of moments. I am more into meditations.
If you weren't a professional surfer, what would you be doing? Selling shoes?
I would have a little restaurant with fresh organic local home-made food.
OK, you get to drop into four moments in history, surf or otherwise. Please name them and why.
1848 : Abolition of slavery in France. I wish it could be abolished all around the world nowadays.
1944 : The right to vote for the women in France. I am not sure voting is a solution now but it was a huge step for the equality between men and women
2016 : The WSL announces the first Women's Big Wave World Tour event at Jaws and Todos Santos. I really hope to be a part of it.
2020 : Surfing will be part of the Olympics in Japan. I hope I will be able to represent the French team there.