Between the islands
Actions carried out
Carrying out Maewan’s first workshops with the Youth of NGO SOS Villages d’Enfants. Education 30 youths aged 14-21
Installing and traversing the first 5 highlines on the Marquise Islands
Summary of the stopover
As we arrive In Polinesia, Marion and myself were expecting to spend time on white beaches and sipping coconut milk adorned with exotic garments. This is how Polinesia is sold to us in all travel magazines. Actually, it is completely different. The mountains, the reliefs, the lakes, the rivers, the intense forests, the rocky peaks. And again, the educational projects for the children of SOS Village d’Enfants, a highline connecting two peaks, a nautical workshop on the Marquise Islands.
Polinesia is as vast as Europe and quite isolated in the middle of the Pacific despite the seemingly easy access ensured by air travel. All this geological diversity, the strong culture, and our need to find some stability all seduced us to extend our stay.
My adventure with Maewan has been extremely enriching. It started with meeting the children from SOS village d’enfants, to work with them to conceive of concrete projects, show them how to slackline and prove that everything is possible. Afterward, the expedition: five weeks of navigation, of seasickness and special encounters. At the end of the day, I returned with an infection and unforgettable memories. I would love to come back to Maewan and perhaps navigate in a wild place.
- Personal recordHighline of 1600m at the Cirque de Navacelles. Highline between two paragliders.
- NationalityFrench, English
- Date of birth28/11/1989
- Asset at seamoderately good at cleaning the hold. Learning about navigation during his first expedition
- Asset on landmotivated, down for anything
- Distinguishing featureProne to sea sickness
- Sport achievement with Maewanputting-up the first high lines at the Marquise Islands
- SponsorsAltitude Eyewear, Monvic, SoSolid, Les Passagers du vent
I am happy to have crossed paths with Maewan and have a small part of the adventure. With Antony Newton, we have been lucky to spend 40 days onboard between Tahiti and the Marquises Islands, my first time on a boat. It was incredible to access such remote islands and install our highlines there. The movie “Vertiges aux Marquises” shot by Bertrand Delapierre tells the story.
With Antony, we were the first athletes to participate in Maewan’s social project. We supported the youth of SOS Vilage d’Enfants in Tahiti. For a week, we worked with them on how to manage and complete a project. It was difficult to leave after so many moments of laughter and sharing…
- Personal record: several world records in slackline and high line. In particular, the first kilometre on a highline, then a 1662m traverse between two 350m skyscrapers in Moscow. Two other emblematic projects: a traverse for the Telethon on a highline on the Eifel Tower in 2017 and a traverse on the Defence towers in 2019.
- Date of birth10 juin 1994
- Asset at seaafter some difficult days of acclimatisation, he can steer, do some maneuvers following the captain’s orders. He hopes to do more on his next trip with Maewan.
- Asset on land Find him two mountains, some chatter and he will also smile with a big backpack on
- Distinguishing featureTwo meters of wingspan
- Sport achievement with MaewanFirst highlines on the Marquise Islands
- SponsorsHexaom, Maisons France Confort, Lagoped, Altitude Eyewear, Spider Slackline, Slacklinov
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
Greenland, Kuriles, New Zealand, French Polynesia, to think I was afraid of “Jaws” as a child, but now I’m much better. However I can no longer drink Vodka since “Maewan aux Kuriles” (fortunately Chartreuse is one of the boat’s sponsors). Over the years Maewan has become a bit of a second home to me. My favourite sleeper is the one close to the engine, it reminds me (from a distance…) of my cat’s purr.
I’m proud to have launched the double-cabestantrend, to eradicate the epidemic of drifting(dingy or zodiac) and to be allowed to charge its batteries on board (even though it was after the captain).
- Distinguishing featureA hyper-active soul, Béber is often the one who makes the traces, sees through the round trip ,to get the best shots of the athletes who embark Maewan, and that's something! Curious (too much?), jack-of-all-trades (too much?), in any case impossible to sleep in, and therefore finds it difficult to stay up until 6am during a night out, however he is capable of emptying apacket freeze-dried fruit in a few seconds. Marion and Erwan have found the solution: special lunchboxes for Béber when he is on board.
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.