Joackim Guichard is one half of the Guichard twins. Born in Oslo to a French father and Norwegian mother, Joackim and his twin brother Lucas are now fortunate enough to live on the sunny south coast of Portugal. The multi-lingual Joackim has raised more than a few eyebrows in recent years with his explosive displays of surfing, including everything from deep barrel rides right through to progressive aerial maneuvers. The 19-year-old has already scored several important podium positions, including a second place finish behind Tiago Pires in Portugal's national championships back in 2008. While Joackim was disappointed not to take the title, he knows that finishing second to a current Dream Tour surfer was no bad achievement in itself! This season, Joackim will be looking to grow his WQS experience in a bid to get one step closer to achieving his long-term goal of qualifying for the elite World Tour. Outside of surfing, Joackim loves spending time with his family, and also enjoys cooking and playing tennis when poor conditions keep him out of the water.
Q: When did you start surfing and why?
A: When I was 13 years of age..
Q: What has been the biggest highlight of the pas 12 months for you?
A: Hanging out with my loved ones, family and girlfriend! Cruising around and doing what we love, surfing!!
Q: What's the best thing about surfing for a living?
A: I guess freedom, there is no boundaries comparing to civilization, only one, is to respect the ocean! And clears your mind!
Q: What's your most embarrassing moment?
A: Being a human being! Hahahahaha
Q: Who do you enjoy surfing with the most, and why?
A: My brother, cause we started at the same time! And that's what's brings us together, so we push each other in a positive and balanced way, and it brings happiness to our lives!!
Q: Which surfer inspire you the most?
A: Dane Reynolds, Mick Fanning
Q: Other than home, where is your favorite place to surf, and why?
A: Nias (Indo) cause its a wave machine, every single wave will barrel if its above 6ft!!
Q: What are your main goals and plans for the next 12 months?
A: Do a few contests, travel for coverage, and most of all have fun with it! No matter what! And bake a carrot cake!! Love it!!!
Q: How do you see your sport evolving in the next few years?
A: Back flips and banana splits!
Q: What do you do for fun when you are not surfing?
A: Tennis, eat fine cuisine with a smooth wine to take it down with habibah! Family time along with friends, concerts, traveling's and much more ...
Q: What achievement are you most proud of so far in your career?
A: To do what I love the most!
Q: If you didn't surf for a living, what would you have liked to be doing now for an occupation?
A: Dancer, tennis player or a chef!!
Q: What trick you enjoy the most?
Q: What type of wave is your favorite?
A: 5ft barrel followed by turns..
Q: What's your favorite surf destination?
A: Nias, Indonesia
Q: What music you listen to?
A: Various artists, from old rock zappa, to blues, jazz, funk, electronic, chill out ...
Q: Has surfing ever injured you and what's the worst injury?
A: Lower back, 5 stitches on my noose and did the splits once! Boy that hurt quite bit!
It was our first time to Mexico.When we arrived to Colima we didn't have any Mexican currency and the airportwas so small that nobody would change euros, no black market. So we werestuck at the central bus station, how stupid! Luckily 1 hour later a niceold fellow just gave us the money to get to Pascuales, by bus (no questionsasked)it was about 30 pesos, around 2 euros worth.
Finallywe meet Adi, in Pascuales. Right there on the beach we stayed at the Tsunamihotel. That day the waves were 3 feet but very windy, all a mess, so we just rested from the journey. Nextday, waves the conditions were better 5 feet no wind, 7AM Adi and my bro(Joackim) were the first surfers in the water, for myself (Luca) was fellingpretty sick I had contracted 2 weeks before in Bali a parasitecalled BALIBELLY (who could be called around here the revenge of panchovilla) who kept me from surfing for the first 5 days, so I took advantageand focused on filming my bro. We stayed 5 days in Pascuales and theconditions improved every day until 7 feet no wind, barrels everywhere, butthis place would get good from 7AM to noon, after that the wind would start toblow and turn the waves choppie and messy.
Nextlocation we went was secret spot revealed by a Mexican friend named Edgar,we rented the open truck from the owner (Edgar) of the hotel and went there the10 of us.
Some friends we meet there (Frenchyes; Australian and Suice Italian) the secretspot was close to a beach called LA TICLA, took us 2 hours to get there, soonas we arrived the waves were 9 feet hollow barrels no wind, it was perfect! Nobodyout! We rushed in it! Best waves so far in Mexico. We decided to stay, andcamp there. We made a fire, but still during the night we almost frozeto death! The following day we woke up at sunrise, conditions were similar. Ibroke my board in 2, on my first wave. So did my bro 2 days later, luckily wehad some extra boards so we surfed all day long.
Backto Pascuales was time to go home. We had an awesome time surfing in this partof the world! Food was great and people were friendly. On the way back to theairport we had to take a taxi, but the board bags didn't fit in, we had toput them on the roof of the car but there were no ropes, so everybody (Joackim,Luca) had to hold the boards while we were driving including the taxi driver, itwas quite funny situation because the driver only had one hand available todrive, so my brother was his co-pilot and had to switch the gears..
Advicewho need to be taken, 90% of blokes wear a mustache, so grow one before you gothere!