Don’t go there, you’ll die!
Actions carried out
Kite-surfing in the sea of Bering, entering Russia.
Summary of the stopover
We’re at Nome’s bar, ready to sail-off the next morning. An old man, sipping his beer, looks at me with his big brown eyes. He tells me: “don’t leave, you’re crazy, you’re gonna die”. He goes on “Bering’s sea is dangerous, I cross it for 40 years”. Against all odds, we put our sails up and leave intrigued by all these unknowns. Saint-Lawrence’s island shields us from the first storm. We reach one of the rare sheltered bays in Kamchatka, where we wait-off the second big passing storm. Nature is wild. Brown bears have replaced the white polar bears we grew used to. Hundreds of curious seals swim around our boat. Storms come and go without convincing us to turn back. As soon as the wind is blowing, Fabienne takes out her kite surf to surf in the most extreme places. We are followed by a military helicopter. The Russians know we are coming. Without really understanding what is going on, we trust Alexei’s advice, who is our contact here and waiting for us onshore. The entry point to Petropavlosk’s bay is guarded. Without a permit, it is impossible to enter. After many attempts, we finally receive our laissez-passer to enter Petropavlosk’s militarised bay.
Already during our meeting with Erwan at the Mer et Montagne award, there was a lot of feeling between us. I have been lucky enough to accompany Erwan in the early chapters of his nautical adventure: choosing the boat. Obviously, it is during the most unknown and dangerous part of the expedition that my phone has rung. Together, we have faced and surpassed adversity, and how the unknown can take us away from our usual comfort zone.
- Personal record18 titles, 7 victories, and 43000 miles out at sea. French vice-champion. Long-distance solo racer and record holder of 24 hours distance. 6 transatlantic races of which 3 in solo. 7 titles of which 4 victories in Free Ride and Skimountaneering. Participated in several documentaries production.
- Date of birth1982
- Asset at searough weather and steering the whole night do not scare me, even when I have to cook!
- Asset on land never lacking the energy to explore new horizons
- Distinguishing featuresome say I am a Swiss Knife but produced in Alsace !
- Sport achievement with MaewanWith Erwan we have ventured in the insidious and dangerous sea of the Bering Strait, between Alaska and Russian Kamchatka, to finally end in Japan. We have realised many first ascents by combining extreme navigation with summiting the Kouriles Islands’ volcanoes with our skis. To sum up, twice we have fluidly worked together with determination. Our sharp senses have allowed us to explore the seas and mountains we were dreaming about.
Travel, exploration, and adventure have always been part of me, with a strong passion for the Ocean and sliding sports, in particular surf and kite surf. An adventure like Maewan is a dream for me. See where the wind takes us, exploring, don’t have expectations. Connect, meet, share, vibrate. The day Erwan asked me “Fabie do you fancy the sea of Bering in kite”?
Then, three years later, “Fabie, how do you feel about meeting some communities of the Austral islands, meeting them, and doing some kite?” Obviously, the responses were “yes” without even thinking! Kite-surfing in remote places is precisely the challenge. Simply trying to navigate combining all the factors: the safety of the boat, weather forecast, conditions etc.
I like the challenges and everything that seems impossible…the call of adventure and of sharing it. On Maewan, human values are way stronger than all the rest, so THANK YOU!
- Personal recordWorld Freestyle Champion in 2001 and 2002. 2nd place in Freestyle in 2003 and 2004. Several champion titles in France and Europe in Speed Crossing between 2004 and 2011, although honestly, I don’t remember anymore!
- Date of birth30 mai 1977
- Asset at seaJoker! I keep watch on the desk at night, be not afraid, I’ll let you know of any dangers! You want to take some air and have a chat? Do not worry, I am there! You need to take the compost out, drain some clothes, but you do not want to get out? Don’t worry, give it here and I’ll take care of that!
- Asset on landalways good-humored, always chatty. I’ll go anywhere, I’m a real all-arounder.
- Distinguishing featureFish at sea
- Sport achievement with MaewanMagic! In every adventure, some time on the kite-surf, adapting to the environment
- SponsorsDuotone Kiteboarding, Chamorrita Swimwear, Prolimit
In my life spent between sea and mountain, from the Cape Horn to the Everest, Maewan’s adventure place an important place in my life, in helping Erwan in his first stages with the boat, to the exciting adventures I’ve lived onboard.
In 2015, the famous journey between Iceland and Greenland with the discovery of the Arctic ice and the special moments of friendship between our team and the one on board of the Louise. The next year, the great expedition through the northwest passage, reaching the depth of Siberia and Petropavlovsk (Kamtchatka). Waiting to live other experiences like these…
- Personal recordfour years crewmate with Eric Tabarly on Duick IV, solo skipper, then as a duo with the monohull Gauloises 2 and 3. Winner of the stages of the Whitebread Race (1977-1978) of which one at the Cap-Horn. Participated at several transatlantic expeditions, “Grands Prix” in a multihull. Record-holder of the solo traverse of the Atlantic. World champion for the multihull category in 1986. Was nominated skipper of the year in 1978. After my return from Everest in 2003, I think of myself more as an eco-explorer, dedicated to the protection of the oceans, in particular, involved in the fight against plastic pollution as part of the Swiss foundation Race for Water, of which I am an ambassador.
- Date of birthI do not disclose it as it scares my teammates
- Asset at seaever ready
- Asset on landever ready
- Distinguishing featurebalance
- Sport achievement with Maewanice navigation and northwest passage
Maewan, a boat and its captain, Erwan. Maewan, an acquaintance and a companion. Maewan welcomed me in their adventure in the autumn of 2016, in the Bering Sea. Since then, Maewan has become part of my daily vocabulary. An extraordinary adventure with no boundaries, with fair human values, Maewan is one of the encounters that have marked my life’s evolution. Being on board Maewan is a true honour. An inextensible cocoon where sweat rhymes with warmth. Sharing with mooring.
Kite surfing, highline, climbing, sailing. Alaska, Shishmaref, Nome, Bering Sea, French Polynesia, The Marquesas Islands, Tahiti, Makatea, Rapa, Pitcairn Islands, Easter Island. The list is long and the memories even longer. The only downside of the story is that I still haven’t managed to get my hands on the stash of Chartreuse and Nutella.
- Distinguishing featureSeaman at hand
16 years ago, I met Erwan at the foot of the Champagny-En-Vanoise ice fall. Six months later, we got to know each other better on a chalk cliff in Dover, slightly, where, in the presence of Sam Beaugey, he was testing dry-tooling for a report in the magazine Equipe. At the time, he already had the desire to go to sea… During the Roc Trips he organized for Petzl, including the memorable Chinese edition that earned him the nickname of xiexie (pronounced cheeky) Wawan, I learned to understand his phlegmatic humour that hides an incredible energy and ability to bring people together.
His projects are crazy. He probably is a little crazy. Still, I followed him to Alaska for an unforgettable crossing of the Bering Strait in 2016, then back to the Marquesas two years later. The third time at Makatea in June 2019 for this wonderful project to bring theisland back to life through rock climbing.The Makatea episode sums up “MaErwan”, which has become an extension of his sailboat: adventure at the end of the world, rock, water, solidarity and a great sense of commitment.
- Distinguishing featureCompulsive writer. Never leaves her small spiral notebook and ballpoint pen to ask millions of questions to anyone in her field of vision. Repeats often, not because she's deaf (that's for later), but to make sure she doesn't write nonsense. If there's an easy cliff lying around, she won't say no. If there's a valley that's not too steep for skiing or snowboarding, she always joins in. She can get on any boat, because she never throws up. That's good, because apart from cooking and eating, she doesn't know how to do much else on the water.