Khadija El Abid
Khadija El Abid
Morocco World News
Kenitra, February 19, 2013
After placing first in the Grand Qualified Series of 2012, Brahim Iddouch landed in Hawaii to participate in the first Grand Slam event of this new year. His 2012 ranking allowed him to bypass the qualifying “TRIALS.” The Moroccan was thus able to start his competition in round 5.
You can follow Brahim’s performance against the greatest body-boarders in the world at the main event, which will start on February 19 in Hawaii.
Morocco will also be represented by Reda Benhima and Adnane Benslimane, who will ride one of the most impressive and challenging waves in the world. We wish our national representatives the best of luck during this Hawaiian phase. Like every year, you can follow our elite athletes during the competition by tuning into the broadcast on the official website of the International Body-boarding Association. (www.ibaworldtour.com/live/)
Interview with Brahim Iddouch:
Brahim the competition will begin tomorrow, are you ready?
Yes, I’m always ready hamdoulilah! I had the chance to come two weeks ago in order to train and get used to the waves of Pipeline.
Can you tell us about your opponents?
All competitors in the TOP 24 have an incredible talent. I do not fear anyone particularly. However I have to maintain a maximum level of concentration during each series that I compete in.
Pipeline’s waves are known to be some of the most dangerous, is that a hindrance to your performance or is it exciting?
Pipeline is, for me, the perfect wave for practicing body-board. It is really exciting to me, especially because now I have started to get used to surfing this kind of wave.
How is the atmosphere in Hawaii? Are there any other Moroccans with you?
The atmosphere and the Hawaiian lifestyle are perfect. I’m with good friends from Morocco, so we are really motivated: we go surfing but we also train inside and outside the water. We do exercises such as stretching, Yoga, Cardio, fixed-bar, and pumps. These are all essential.
What is your goal for the 2013 season?
Being part of the top 24.Since this is my first season in the Grand Slam circuit, my goals are simple; I would especially like to have more international experience. This is a must. Otherwise, I’ll do my best to get myself in shape for the next season.
A word to all Moroccans?
Everywhere I go, organizers, speakers and competitors tell me that Moroccan fans are increasingly present and active on social networks like Facebook. I would like to say to Moroccan everywhere: I love you all. Thank you for consistently following and encouraging me.
Edited by Anna Jacobs
Photo by: Soufiane Laamime
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