Lucas Guichard is yet another one of our team riders that seems to come from here, there and everywhere. Born in Oslo to a French dad and Norwegian mother, Lucas now lives with his family down in Tavira on the south coast of Portugal. Guichard has never had any problems finding people to surf with thanks to the fact his twin brother Joackim is a passionate surfer that also just so happens to be sponsored by O'Neill. With the loving support of their parents, these two Franco-Norwegian brothers have been tearing it up for some time already wherever they paddle out. Never afraid to execute maneuvers in the most critical parts of the wave, Lucas has been busy putting in some solid competitive performances, and even earned himself a promising runner-up position at last year's European Pro Juniors event in Carcavelos. Other than surfing in his adoptive country of Portugal, the 19-year-old is always pumped to travel further south to Morocco to shred and train alongside his twin brother. Outside of the water, Lucas loves playing tennis and is doing his best these days to learn a few chords on the guitar. Look out for the Guichard twins as they look to make a real impression on the WQS circuit in the coming years.
Q: When did you start surfing and why?
A: I started surfing at my 13th birthday, my mom bought me a surf lesson, loved it. Because of the feeling, surfing was unique. Made me happy, my biggest passion since.
Q: What has been the biggest highlight of the past 12 months for you?
A: Traveling is 1 of best things in life in my experience, so I'd say spending 2 days in New York was really exiting, being part of my little sister Luna growth, surfing new waves, go to live music concerts, share love with my family.
Q: What's the best thing about riding for a living?
A: It's to remain free, and do what you love!
Q: What's your most embarrassing moment?
A: Well this is a tricky 1, maybe when I tried to get in to the movies with out paying, and I get caught! Felt like an idiot.
Q: Who do you enjoy surfing with the most, and why?
A: With my twin brother, cause he's the closest human being I know, and I love sharing waves with him, we push each other on a healthy way. Also when I travel get a chance to surf with some wct surfers, feels good.
Q: Which surfers inspire you the most?
A: Dane Reynolds, Mick fanning, Kelly Slater, Jordy smith
Q: Other than home, where is your favorite place to surf, and why?
A: Morocco, because I feel connected to the people (good vibes) there, and the point breaks can get really good. Nias (Indonesia) because its 1 of the best wave I've surfed, and the tropical climate and the nature makes it especial.
Q: What are your main goals and plans for the next 12 months?
A: Well, try to be fit and healthy, focus on training for European wqs season. Make good results and always try to be at my potential!
Q: How do you see your sport evolving in the next few years?
A: I think its growing, every year there's more people surfing and more media propaganda relating to surfing, even though the economic crises are bad in some parts of Europe, the new generation of surfing is really exiting to watch, the level of surfing as given a big jump in the last couple of years.
Q: What do you do for fun when you are not surfing?
A: Play tennis, spending quality time with family and dog, laugh, go to concerts, cooking food, driving, bicycling, and stretching.
Q: What achievement are you most proud of so far in your career?
A: Wining my 2 1st pro junior (Portuguese) 1st year on tour, wining the red bull junior of the year (Portuguese) 2008 3place in European 3star projunior (carcavelos) and also the 3 covers (in on fire and surf Portugal) made me happy!
Q: If you didn't surf for a living, what would you have liked to be doing now for an occupation?
A: Open a little restaurant with my family, and start learning some cooking with my dad, or something related to surf like training kids, or something related to languages.
Q: What trick do you enjoy the most?
A: Front side air reverse
Q: What type of wave is your favorite?
A: A long 6 feet wave with a hollow barrel section at the start, and some air section at the end. A French beach break!
Q: What's your favorite surf destination and wave?
A: I will say Indonesia cause you will always score some good waves and surf in boards shorts doesn't get much better, and NIas is my favorite wave, its a wave machine.
Q: What music you listen to?
A: I'm really into frank zappa, also some electronic music not too heavy, some African music with some nice groove, electro jazz
Q: Has surfing ever injured you and what's the worst injury?
A: Yes, I twisted my ankle, couldn't walk for 2 months, and got my 1st stitches of my life in the head, I hit the reef in Bali and a couple of back problems, which were pain full.