Val Garat

French Pro kiteboarder  💦 🇫🇷 🏄🏽

Who am I ?

I discovered Kiteboarding at the age of 10, with my father. He gave me his passion for Kiteboarding, and since this day, I got totally addicted to this sport that provides me a sensation of freedom and happiness, something I’ve never felt before. 

I already wanted to become a pro kiteboarder, and I was dreaming about competing in the highest level one day. 

I started competing few years later, and became 2x Vice European and French Junior Champ in 2012. I also joined the french team and got recognized as a  ‘Sportif de Haut Niveau’ athlete by the french ministry of sports. 

In 2014, I started competing on the world tour, but in the middle of the season, I broke the ACL of my knee. That’s was a huge deception, but has soon as I had my surgery, I was 100% focused on getting back on the water, and this injury taught me to never give up, and to always believe in my dreams. In 2016, I became French Champion, and in 2017 I get 8th in the World Tour.