How to become a boardsports journo

Vous l’avez compris, quand je rame, c’est pas contre un chrono, mais pour choper des vagues ! Larmonika c’est du SUP Surfing et rien d’autre.

Je suis tombé dans le SUP il y a bientôt 10 ans, et ça ne s’arrange pas. Breton d’origine, philosophe de formation, photographe de profession, puis journaliste, j’aime les approches décalées, les anti-héros, les destinations erratiques, les plans qui ne se déroulent pas comme prévu… Pigiste pendant de nombreuses années avant de prendre la rédaction en chef de SurfTIME magazine, j’ai raconté des histoires de surf et de surfeurs, et je continue ici à travers ce blog à raconter des histoires de vagues et de SUP.

Comme l’avait très bien dit le légendaire Derek Hynd, le journalisme de surf c’est du « F Grade Journalism », c’est à dire bas de gamme, minable, le fond du panier quoi… Pas très réjouissant à priori, mais malgré tout, il y a toujours quelque chose à raconter pour partager le quotidien de nos vie de bohémien de la vague. Et puis le stand up paddle étant le sport de glisse qui connaît la plus forte mutation à l’heure actuelle, il y a de quoi faire!

Dans la vraie vie je collabore avec des médias et des marques sur différents types de contenu éditorial, et avec GreenroomVoice.com ( dont je suis le co-fondateur) pour développer la communication environnementale dans le secteur de l’outdoor.

Stéphane ROBIN

contact : stephanerobin @ ovh.fr


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As a boardsports journalist, and most likely a surf editor, I always wondered how I was going to make a living telling surf stories. Since my perspective is always been focused on regulars dudes, remotes destinations and low budget travel, I did not get hired to talk about world tour events. But that’s where I ended up at some point. Then I started to get bored.

“The commercial industry has such vested interest that true stories just dont get told. It’s just the nature of the beast. Surf journalism is F Grade journalism. There is no magic about it. There never has been. My apologies to those who think otherwise”. Derek Hynd - 2008

“…the nature of the beast.” He nailed it

The world of pro surfing is even more serious now… that’s why free surfing is more interesting than ever. Stand up paddle is even a more disturbing wave riding approach and it’s getting all my attention.

Currently the author of LARMONIKA SUP, a blog dedicated to stand up surfing with a disruptive approach, I do my best to tell stories of the most exciting emerging watersport to date.


Me & my boy

BIO

Stephane travelled extensively since the mid 90’s to document surfing life off the beaten track. Constantly questioning the fundamental nature of surfing, its reality and its paradox, mixing anti-heros with non-linear storytelling, his personal approach never goes unnoticed.

Dedicated surfer, he went on exploration to pursue every surfer dream, travelling to remotes areas in many places in the world including South Pacific, writing reports about Ecuador, Colombia and Solomon Islands for the Stormrider guides.

Editor in chief of Surftime magazine until 2010, he contributes to many publications worldwide as a freelance journalist.

Over the last years he managed several digital projects for online media platforms. He created a blog dedicated to stand up paddle for Epic TV and provided content translation for Red Bull Media.

Strongly concerned by environmental issues, he co-created Greenroomvoice in 2011, a leading platform promoting awareness and transparency within the boardsports and outdoor industry.

Inquiries welcomes at stephanerobin@ovh.fr


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