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Charly Chapelet REUNION ISLAND

Postby doclach » Thu May 21, 2009 10:12 am

In speaking with Amaury Laverhne, I asked if there were other Reunion Island riders tearing up.... meet Charly Chapelet.
Personal recommendation from Amaury is no small thing, but Charly easily steps up to the mark. Easy going and 'living the dream', we wish you all the best with FOCUSprod Charly - especially as we will be the ones to benefit with some mega Reunion Island footage to froth on..............



Charly : Hi Doc,
My name is Charly Chapelet, I was born in Bordeaux (France) in July, 20th, 1984 and arrived in Reunion Island 6 years later. I started practicing stand-up surfing during 7 years and began bodyboarding with my best friends when I was 13 years old (1997). One year later, I won Reunion island and France grommet championship (that’s the last time I beat Amaury in a contest..ahahah).
After this, I did a few motorcycling seasons and work to pass my exam in sports studies. I just occasionally go out during these 5 years.
In 2005, I decided to make a little break, follow my bodyboarder’s dream and travel as much as I can. Today...I’m still in this break =) and hope never have to go out of it!
Last year, with my best friends, we created FOCUSprod. The main goal of this association is to promote Reunion island riders by showing videos and photos on a website (work in progress). This project is just at the beginning but I think we are on a good way.



Doc: what mix of Prone and DK are you riding?

Charly : Prone riding most of the time but I like DK riding too.


Doc: What boards are you running in your current quiver and what are your current faves?

Charly : I ride PRIDE bodyboards (my own shape) in different sizes.


Doc: What dimensions and core compositions are you finding hot for your riding at the moment?

Charly : I use to ride a 40 (PP-stringer) at home and 40 (PE-mesh-stringer) in colder water. I’m waiting for some 40.75. I’m pretty sure it will be a good compromise for every wave conditions.


Doc: And how about accessories – leash, fins and wetsuits?

Charly : PRIDE leashes, STEALTH fins and any good wetsuits I can find but not at home =)


Doc : D.O.B height and weight?

Charly : 20th, july, 1984 / 1,75m / 66kg


Doc : Fave breaks – local and overseas?

Charly : A secret reef on the south coast of Reunion Island and all the west coast.
Overseas, many reefbreaks down Sydney.



Doc : What would be the biggest wave you’ve taken on?

Charly : I think It was on a 30 minutes paddle out reef break in NSW.


Doc : And what’s the toughest wave you’ve hit up?

Charly : A beachbreak in France 2 years ago.


Doc : Do you have a crew you hang with in the water?

Charly : I use to go out with riders from west coast. Focusprod riders most of the time.


Doc : What’s the maddest roadtrip you’ve been on?

Charly : I didn’t travel a lot yet but I would say my first trip in Australia, 2 winters ago. 6000kms drove in one month with 2 of my favourite mates (Amaury and Laury Grenier) in a campervan...soooooo cold !


Doc : Best boat trip?

Charly : I’ve never been boat tripping but I really would like to.


Doc : Who are some of your fave photogs?

Charly : At the moment, I just worked with Reunion island photographers (Jo BESSON, Rapha FREDEFON) but I really enjoy it. I enjoy to talk and find new angles with them to make the picture be more interesting.
I really would like to work with overseas photographers. Every photographer have his own artistic touch and that’s also what I like.



Doc : Scariest moment on the boog?

Charly : Probably when I was paddling out to rescue a screaming friend who has been attacked by a shark. It was just before dark so I couldn’t see if his leg was always in place. Fortunately, the shark missed him and just took his fin and offer him 30 stiches.


Doc : What do you love most about the BB culture?

Charly : The pleasure you can have meeting good people, finding good waves and travel with only what you need to.



Doc : What do you reckon BB needs most at the moment?

Charly : Me...for sure =) and may be more mediatisation so a little bit more money.


Doc : Who would you like to give a shout-out to?

Charly : Everyone who don’t care about Environment.


Doc : And finally who are your sponsors?

Charly : PRIDE bodyboards, FOCUSprod.


Doc : Thanks so much for your time and the insights into your life Charly

Charly : Thank you and Riptidemag for this interview.


1. Rider: Charly Chapelet Photographer: Jonathan Besson (Reunion Island)
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2. Rider: Charly Chapelet Photographer: Jonathan Besson (Reunion Island)
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3. Rider: Charly Chapelet Photographer: Jonathan Besson (Reunion Island)
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Re: Charly Chapelet REUNION ISLAND

Postby doclach » Tue May 26, 2009 10:44 am

Fellow Reunion islander Raphael Fredefon from http://www.dodosland.com has kindly sent through these pics of Charly. we'll be hearing more from Rafa soon.
in the meantime, ;et's bring on the eye candy:

1. Rider: Charly Chapelet Photographer: Raphael Fredefon
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2. Rider: Charly Chapelet Photographer: Raphael Fredefon
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3. Rider: Charly Chapelet Photographer: Raphael Fredefon
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Re: Charly Chapelet REUNION ISLAND

Postby bodyboarder » Tue May 26, 2009 9:30 pm

Inverts huge!
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Re: Charly Chapelet REUNION ISLAND

Postby captain6230 » Tue May 26, 2009 9:57 pm

iv seen his name around, heard it mentioned a couple of times but iv never seen a shot of him. looks like the guy tears
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Re: Charly Chapelet REUNION ISLAND

Postby DRLPhoto » Tue May 26, 2009 10:55 pm

The 1st invert is INSANE :shock: - thats gotta be from a tow out judging from where he is compared to where he left the lip and the height he's got on such a small wave:?

These are some of the biggest inverts i've seen in a long time and sweet looking waves too :twisted:
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Re: Charly Chapelet REUNION ISLAND

Postby doclach » Fri May 29, 2009 8:59 am

DRLPhoto wrote:The 1st invert is INSANE :shock: - thats gotta be from a tow out judging from where he is compared to where he left the lip and the height he's got on such a small wave:?

These are some of the biggest inverts i've seen in a long time and sweet looking waves too :twisted:


Hey DRLPhoto,
yeah mega for sure! I dropped Charley a note asking if it was (or any were) a tow-out. Here is his reply:

"hey Doc,

no one is from towing, I've never try but I really would like to !
It's just a good air bowl from our secret reef on the south coast =)

CHARLY"
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Re: Charly Chapelet REUNION ISLAND

Postby southern_rewards » Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:08 am

I met this talented rider down the coast over the weekend after his girlfriend was bitten by a spider in the bush near a reef.

I took them to hospital and ended up spending the next two days chasing waves with him and Amaury Lavernhe.

Realy good riders and great people. Got some good shots and vid to come so keep your eyes peeled.
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Re: Charly Chapelet REUNION ISLAND

Postby guymurphy101 » Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:10 am

wow you went chasing waves with him AND amaury lavernhe?
now thats something 8)
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Re: Charly Chapelet REUNION ISLAND

Postby Dee » Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:18 pm

Charly and his gf laura are wonderful ppl me and tors met them both by chance on the weekend they where a pleasure to hang out with and chase waves with can't wait to see them again... plus charly rips :D
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Re: Charly Chapelet REUNION ISLAND

Postby southern_rewards » Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:42 pm

Hey doc, if you want to steal these and put them in the interview post, go for it. Just delete this post if you want.

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Re: Charly Chapelet REUNION ISLAND

Postby doclach » Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:51 pm

Hey doc, if you want to steal these and put them in the interview post, go for it. Just delete this post if you want.


Cheers Southern, but I'll leave 'em where they are cos it all adds to the story and progression of how you and Dee met them down the coast - it is the whole idea of having the internationals section to let the booger world be more connected. It was pretty sick to meet Charlie and his girl at the island the other day and very bloody good of them to have them stay under your roof mate. So many times from so many people I get stories of how boogers, no matter where they go, end up with a roof over their head, just because they are spongers.

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Re: Charly Chapelet REUNION ISLAND

Postby ddddyyyy » Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:29 pm

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Re: Charly Chapelet REUNION ISLAND

Postby guymurphy101 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:46 pm

i'm interested in buying some wholesale lighting.....cough

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Re: Charly Chapelet REUNION ISLAND

Postby southern_rewards » Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:52 pm

I dont think its spam...
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