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Joan Duru

Joan Duru

From: Bayonne

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Birth Place:  Bayonne

Currently Living:  Capbreton

Years Surfing:  17

Sponsors: Volcom Clothing, Vans, Electric, Fcs, Gorilla, Café de paris

Favorite Spot:  Santosha

Favorite country:  France

Goals:  CT

First board: FiFi Chevalier

Warm Ups: Sometimes

What gets you motivated to surf?:  Barrel’s

Side Tracks: BBQ’S

Music/Bands:  Booba

Videos/Movies: Mesrine

Best style: Life.

Random Information:  I Like BBQ’S

Favorite Volcom Jeans: Black Bart Jeans.

Favorite Boardshorts: Mod Tech Pro.

One thing you can't leave home without: Some money to eat, haha.

Special Thanks:  All my sponsors, family and friends.

Fill in the blank: Hello. My name is  Joan Duru, some people call me xtegue. I would best describe my hometown as  incredible. I've traveled quite a bit, but by far the best place I've been is France, because it is my home with my friends and family. But, by far most worse trip ever was to Australia.

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Volcomgratulations To Our Team
The Volcom Family is a wildly diverse group of talented human beings: surfers, skaters, riders, musicians, artists, and committed creative individuals who simply refuse to settle. They are more than just dreamers. They are doers. The diehards. Pushing it further. Sweating every detail, unwilling to relent. They are uniquely driven souls whose actions speak much louder than words. Charging forward in all environments and fueled by an unyielding dedication to craft. This crew—our crew—is the raw embodiment of Volcom’s TRUE TO THIS ideology. Channeling their energy, their potential, and their passion. They are collectively shaping tomorrow, today. Volcomgratulations to our team. photo: Daniel Cabral
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Joan Duru Exclusive Interview On 2017 CT Qualification
Congratulations goes out to Volcom's Joan Duru for qualifying for the prestigious 2017 World Surf League Tour! The 27 year old Frenchman's main goal this past year was to qualify for the World Tour, and he's done it! Ranking in at the #4 spot, just behind Frederico Morais, Ethan Ewing, and Connor O'Leary, Joan has earned his way to the big stage to compete with the world's best. Expect to see Joan dominating at big barreling spots like Fiji, Teahupoo, and Pipeline, while unleashing his explosive backhand at spots such as Snapper Rocks, Bells Beach, and Lower Trestles! Catch up with Joan and his road to qualification with this exclusive interview below.   JOAN DURU 2017 QUALIFICATION INTERVIEW DO YOU HAVE ANY PASSIONS OR HOBBIES BESIDES SURFING? I like to go mountain biking with my friends or my dad. Tasty beef ribs, some wine with my buddies or spending time with my girlfriend. ON THE WQS (WORLD QUALIFYING SERIES) TOUR THIS YEAR, YOU SEEMED CALM AND RELAXED WITH GOOD RESULTS FOLLOWING. DID YOU CHANGE SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU TRAIN? I didn’t make any changes for a long time, and it seems that it just started working. I’m 100% dedicated to my work with Mayhem, a board sponsor I’ve been working with for one year now. I always had magic boards, which allowed me to mainly focus on the rest. photo: Andrew Christie IS THAT WHAT WE USED TO CALL “MATURITY“ OR “GAINING EXPERIENCE“? It’s true that priority establishment totally changed my life on the WQS. Priorities make it easier because you can wait for the best wave without being afraid of someone who will get through to the inside at the last minute. The only thing to focus on is trying not to fall down! TELL US ABOUT YOUR STRONG MOMENTS DURING THE 2016 SEASON. Starting with the second place at the Ballito Pro helped me a lot, as there were only a few prime events that year. And now, I’m glad, and more than happy that I made a semi final at Haleiwa despite the pressure of the qualification, but the good waves made it amazing! Joan blasting through a Haleiwa section on his way to a strong semi final finish. (photo: Jason Shibata) WORKING MORE ON YOUR PHYSICAL AND SURF TRAINING THIS YEAR DEFINITELY SEEMED TO HELP YOU. DO YOU THINK IT'S IMPERATIVE FOR SURFERS TO TRAIN PHYSICALLY AS WELL? I love sports, and I feel really bad if I’m not doing anything, thus training is not a chore, but a real pleasure! Moreover, Maud Le Car (girlfriend and Volcom surf team rider) and a group of young frenchy surfers such as Cloarec, Charly Quivront, and Bastien are lucky to have Charly Ducamp as a personal trainer, who is actually a great coach for me too. On the surf side, I’ve been working with Manu Portet for several years now. He was there to support me at all contests where I made my good results, so the training shows! HOW WILL YOU FEEL WHEN YOU WILL OFFICIALLY BE ON THE ELITE CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR? SATISFIED OR PRESSURED? "I feel really excited, but I’m aware of the very high level, so I will have to train harder physically, and technically, so that I can hope to face and beat the world's best surfers."   WHAT ARE YOUR AMBITIONS ON THE TOUR? To be qualified again for the CT in 2018 would be amazing. WHAT’S YOUR OBJECTIVE GOING INTO THE 2017 SEASON? To make quarters in the first contests. That would be an epic way to kick off the year. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO GET READY FOR THIS NEW LIFE AHEAD? I’ll spend winter in France to train hard, spend time with my girlfriend, my family, and my mates. I have to get ready for the upcoming year, because it’s going to be a long, tough year, with many contests. I’m lucky to have Maud by my side in Australia, and I really hope my family will be able to come over one or two contests to fully enjoy it. photo: Andrew Christie THE OLYMPIC GAMES. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT IT? YOU’RE STILL YOUNG AND WILL OBVIOUSLY BE A CONTENDER TO BE A MEMBER OF THE FRENCH TEAM. DO YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN THAT? Yes, it’s my dream, and I’ll work as hard as I can to make it happen! HOW ARE YOU GOING TO CELEBRATE THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT? I think we’ll have to rent a room to gather all my friends and family to celebrate. ANY LAST WORDS? I want to thank all the people that supported me: my girlfriend, my family, my friends, and all my sponsors: Volcom, Vans, Mayhem, Creatures of Leisures, and Hercules, who never stopped believing in me for all these years. Let’s celebrate now!!!    
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Joan Duru — One Day In Morocco
Couple years ago, Joan Duru scored one unbelievable 10ft wave in Morocco that people are still talking about! Last week  forecasts looked great and Joan and his friend Marc Lacomare set up a quick trip in the North of Africa. Unfortunately the swell was not so big than expected  but the boys managed to score one good day of surfing! Joan showed again why most people call his backhand surfing one of the best in the world. After a great WQS season start, with a semi final at the Volcom Pipe Pro, Joan is now in Australia for the 2 first big WQS events of the season. Good luck!!!
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Psychic Migrations Now Available On ITunes
Over a year and a half in the making and featuring a cast of surfing’s most capable and compelling characters, Psychic Migrations is directed by veteran surf filmmaker Ryan Thomas and shot on location in the West Indies, East Indies, Australia, Polynesia and the Americas. Get it now on iTunes!
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The World Belongs To Those Who Get Up Early With Joan Duru
Joan Duru is often the first in the water and the last to go out! This September 15th, he enjoyed one of the best surf session of the year under the eye of Alex Lesbats. Don’t miss this impressive short clip, the last wave is insane!
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ELI — Joan Duru, Charly Quivront, Justin Becret
Three generations of surfers are reunited in this clip with only one obsession: the green room! Joan Duru, one of the best european surfer, Charly Quivront, one of the top european junior surfers and the super grom Justin Becret are enjoying perfect waves in the south west of France. Trust us, there's nowhere you'd rather be right now.