For our May surf trip in North Korea, we have teamed up with FANATIC, the surf, SUP and windsurf brand we all love. Their star rider Sarah Hébert will be joining our Surf North Korea trip in May to showcase some of Fanatic’s very latest board designs.
UPDATE: If you want to get involved, there are still places available for our trip in May! BOOK HERE
Surf North Korea was fortunate enough to sit down for a quick chat with Sarah and ask her a couple questions about life, the universe, everything in-between and (most importantly) surf!
Sarah is truly at home in the water. After speaking with her, it wouldn’t surprise the staff at Surf North Korea if we discovered she was part-mermaid. Describing her as a professional waterwoman, honestly doesn’t do her exploits justice.
Her past adventures include navigating the entire Amazon river on a SUP and attempting to traverse the Atlantic ocean armed with nothing but a windsurfing board and sheer determination. Sarah’s no stranger to adversity, having overcome heart-health issues – she now requires a defibrillator – to win the European Windsurfing title just 2 months after her operation.
She reflects movingly on these trials and tribulations in her autobiography “Avec du coeur tout est possible” (French for: With heart anything is possible) – available in French here. This phrase also elegantly summarises her entire life philosophy and ethos.
Some more of Sarah’s surf wisdom:
SNK: What was the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Sarah: Be yourself and enjoy the present moment.
SNK: What tips would you give to an absolute surfing beginner?
Sarah: To enjoy what you are doing, find the happiness in this learning stage, even if it can be hard. Be connected to the nature surrounding you.
SNK: What are you most looking forward to about the trip?
Sarah: To visit an undiscovered country, teach the locals how to surf and enjoy the simple moments with a totally different culture.
SNK: Where is your favourite surf spot?
Sarah: St Vincent pass next to Tenia Island in New Caledonia, my homeland. But, also spots in Brittany where I am living now.
We are hoping she can include some of North Korea’s spots when she answers that question next time! Sarah will be joining the 20-26 May trip – you can book this trip here.