Marc Lacomare is a 20-year-old goofyfoot from Les Landes in SW France who nailed the European Title this year are some solid showings on the not-the-QS. SE.com's Hawaiian correspondent caught up with his ass at the Quik house at Ehukai for a natter in fluent anglais about ruling Europe, cruising in Hawaii, surf trips and his plans for future global domination.
SE: Tell us about 2010, it's been a canny good one for Marc Lacomare, n'est-ce pas?
ML: Yeah it's been pretty cool, a good year. I started out not doing too many comps, kind of pacing myself. I came here and did the Pipe contest, and just cruised here for a bit, freesurfing with Charly Martin. Then I spent a month and a half in Tahiti, surfing over there and had a blast. Then I came home to Europe and just did a lot of surf trips around, freesurfing and travelling. I went to Barcelona, Sardinia, Morocco, scored some real fun waves around and checked out some new places off the comp circuit.
Then you had a pretty good result up in Scotland that kicked off the Euro title campaign?
Yeah I did OK up there, made the quarters in the 6-Star at Thurso. Then I did a couple of comps in Europe before going on the G-Land trip with Quiksilver. That was an insane, amazing trip. All the Quik team there and those sick big cameras that do all the rad slo-mo and stuff, G-Land was incredible. It was the first time I'd done a trip with all the Quik team. Then straight after that I did a boat trip with the Frenchies; Miky, Sancho, Fredo, Alain and Jeremy, came home and did a few Euro comps.
How meaningful is the ASP Europe title? Is it an important one to win?
Oh for sure, yeah. I didn't expect it, I wasn't really thinking about winning that before, but then when it was close I felt some pressure to win it and I was super stoked when I did. I think it's a good accomplishment. Last year I won the ASP Europe Junior title and so the Men's is a good step up. I reckon not doing too many comps early in the year helped me out a lot, I paced myself and didn't burn out.
Tell us about Hawaii, you've been coming here for a while now.
Yeah I've been coming since I was 14 every year. I love it, it's a real special place for a surfer to come. I like surfing at OTW when there's not too much crowd down there, if possible try and get a wave at Pipe, Rockies too for moves. This year I've been unlucky, I arrived when it was flat, there's not been much surf so far so I think I'll change my ticket and stay longer, try to score a couple of swells. It's a good place to surf with friends, push each other into good waves. Come here, order some sick boards from the Hawaiian shapers, it's the only place really where you get to surf bigger boards and I love that.
Who do you like to see surf out here?
Well Andy of course, RIP. Then Pancho at Sunset and Haleiwa, and Sunny too. Michel is pretty crazy at OTW, Backdoor. Then obviously Jamie O'Brien, all the Hawaiians really, they all rip these waves.
You're ranked 69th coming into Sunset. What about goals for 2011 under the new format?
My goal is to just do all the Primes and do my best. Do some surf trips, have fun and surf good waves, not just the contest spots. I think there's like ten Primes so just do all of them and have a go, and then the local European events as well. As or the new format I guess they'll probably have to change it somehow. For sure it's way harder to qualify. At least I hope they change it, soon.