Franck Rigal - SXM Surf Explorer
No age limit for learning how to surf

No age limit for learning how to surf

February 2014 : Bob and Carole fulfill their wish of surfing : This month, the Sint Marteen’s itinerant surf school SXM Surf Explorer is welcoming Bob et Carole with open arms for an epic first surfing lesson. I had the visit of a couple stoping over the island on a cruise ship trip. Bob has decided to give Carole a surprise for the wedding celebrating 40 years of married life. Appointment is scheduled for saturday 1st of Fébruary : 65 years old for both of them, i take care of the two surfer in Philipsburg right after their disembarking. Wearing my t shirt SXM Surf Explorer, upon receipt of the couple at 11:00am at the meeting point well defined by mail : the Green House restaurant located at the entrance of the Philipsburg boardwalk.After 25 minutes of outward trip in the surf taxi, we are landing in Orient bay witch is the ideal spot for a first surfing lesson. Little waves are perfect there for first take off with 9’0 foam boards perfect to learn the basics securely in a shallow caribbean classic cristal clear water. Bob dream’s come true, is wife Carole realize the challenge that face them. After a safety briefing and a body surfing seance in order to familiarize with the waves, i explain the pop up technics on the beach analysing every gesture to give the best advice. Bob and Carole start tripping before the action.Afterwards, i would never forget this unforgettable great time, it’s going to be forever memorized on the SXM Surf Explorer portfolio. Ripples of laughter, huggings and kissings, hears hears : both surfer had a blast....
Happy new year 2014 with SXM Surf Explorer

Happy new year 2014 with SXM Surf Explorer

This is a photo report of the clients and riders that came riding along with SXM Surf Explorer in 2013. Beginners, advanced level, passionate and determined to explore the Sint Marteen’s wave from Galion beach to Plum bay and cruising around some “secret spot”. Many thanks to all of you guy’s : i’ll see you in the waves in 2014 with a big smile and lots of fun. I am looking forward to share my love of surfing with you. Keep on surfing...
The Official Launch of SXM Surf Explorer

The Official Launch of SXM Surf Explorer

Hello! Whether you are a surfer, a bodyboarder, a windsurfer, kitesurfer, bodysurfer, or even if you’re not a surfer at all, welcome to the SXM Surf Explorer blog! When I landed in St. Martin in 1990, I drove around the island all the time with my parents, seeking the best waves, chasing the swell. 20 years later, nothing has changed. Except, now I’m the one doing the driving, bringing others to surf spots so they can learn and perfect their skills. “Why start a surf school in St. Martin?” many have asked me, perplexed. The answer is simple… I love this island, my home. Its festive nature, its laid-back local surfers and its cultural mix (French/Dutch/Caribbean) all adds up to a unique character that can’t be matched. Surf-wise, the small size of the island lets you move around and reach the best spots quickly. (That is the reason for the “explorer” emphasis on my traveling surf school.) Other great aspects to St. Martin surfing? The spots aren’t over-crowded and the vibe is friendly since locals aren’t aggressive. They don’t mind sharing. Growing up with a surfboard under my arm, this island has taught ME to share, it has taught me respect for other surfers in and out of the water and it has taught me to be courageous and to also be humble, to know when to stay “no, today it’s too big for me.” These values and lessons have been invaluable. I hope to impart these to you, too. To share the beauty of this sport, this spot, this way of life and this unbridled passion… that is...
Waiting For September Storm Swells

Waiting For September Storm Swells

Hello friends! Summer is nearing the end, and September is here. While some surfers are starting school now, others are taking St. Martin vacations and enjoying these empty surf spots. SXM Surf Explorer can take you to these spots, too, the ones just right for your level, and in the right weather conditions. If you’re searching for the right spot, or need some advice on location or hardware, don’t hesitate to get in touch: 0690626828. Now, we are waiting for those beautiful swells generated by the storms that tend to pass through this part of the Caribbean in September and October. Each year around this time, we check WindGuru over and over, waiting for tropical depressions and hurricanes that could throw a little swell our way. The anticipation builds through these months. September holds nice surprises for some serious carving. Check the forecasts and be ready to make yourslef available at a moment’s notice. Because, when it comes it can be like Menatawaii! Here in St. Martin, we’ve all had memorable sessions at our famous big breaks like “The Bowl,” Wilderness, Big Mama and other secret spots. Now, we have to cross our fingers and be patient. The Surf Taxi is here and waiting. We’re ready! Vive le...