Next up in the New Generation series Boardseeker catches up with Lanzarote’s future star, Thomas Paenhuys.
Name: Thomas Paenhuys.
Date of birth: 31/01/1995.
Currently living in: Lanzarote.
Years windsurfing: Five years.
Years competing: Zero.
Favourite discipline: Wave and freestyle.
Latest move you learnt: Forward loop.
What you are learning now: Push loop.
How did you get into windsurfing?
I live close to the sea and I used to watch the guys doing amazing stuff windsurfing everyday, which inspired me to learn to Also, my Dad is a good windsurfer and encouraged me into the sport.
Have you made it to any competitions? If you have what was your first competition, and how did it go? If you haven’t do you think you will compete in the future?
Until now I haven’t competed, but I would like to in the future. On our Lanzarote they do a freestyle competition, but I think I still have a but to learn until I am at the level of the pros; I am progressing though!
What are your long term aims in windsurfing?
Principally to have fun with my friends and get better everyday, plus of course to compete, travel, meet new people, etc.
Where is your favourite place to windsurf?
So far I have only windsurfed in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura; I prefer Lanzarote as it is my spot for windsurf training, there’s loads of wind and some good waves in the reef.
If you could go windsurfing anywhere, where would it be?
I dont have any specific places, I would like to try lots of them! Then I can choose, but for now I just want to discover new places.
Who do you look up to in windsurfing? Who has inspired you?
Everyone knows Antxon Otaegui (E-169) he is a resident of the island; he inspires myself and many others. Plus when the competition comes here it is great to see and speak to some of the best windsurfers from all over the world.Our previous rider in the ‘New Generation’ series was Noah Voecker Roche, we now hear from Juice Boardsports team rider Mark Dowson who has seen both Noah and Thomas’ quick progression and produced the video clips featured in both posts.
Thomas Paenhuys (Goya) and Noah Voecker Roche (North, Fanatic) are two local ‘Lanzarote’ young guns who I have had the pleasure of watching develop over the years. I have seen their passion and love for windsurfing grow as they improve, have fun and push themselves beyond their limits striving towards their own personal goals.
Las Cucharas, in Costa Teguise on the beautiful island of Lanzarote has been a frequent holiday retreat for my family and I. We have made some good friends there over the years and the place continues to draw us back.
I remember being their age and taking my first fateful steps on a board, I was in fact a year older than Thomas, before we jumped on a huge Bic (no lessons) in a sunny lake in France. Thomas and Noah have surpassed my level of skill already, but that is to be expected as each generation pushes the limits and individual raw talent shines though. Both come from windsurfing families, Thomas’s brother Axel is also an avid windsurfer and both of their fathers have windsurfed in their time.
The two videos are the result of 10 minutes on the point in the bay of Las Chuchras. I was amazed just how much the two lads could fit in that short time. I then edited them to the same length and piece of music and gave them a copy. Immediately I could see that determined look in their eyes as they scanned the screen and started to think how they could improve.
I shall enjoy watching them push the limits in the years to come. I wonder how long it will be till I film their first doubles?
Who was it who said?
“Wisdom begins in wonder.”