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Interviews: Playing catchup with Benjamin Sanchis

Benjamin Sanchis in Ireland




Sancho travels the world looking for waves that most of us would run from

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 November, 2016 - Over the last eight years and multiple expeditions to the world’s heaviest waves, Benjamin "Sancho" Sanchis has been searching for biggest-ever surf in Europe. His efforts have yielded incredible imagery and historic rides such as his "biggest ever" wave at Nazaré in November 2014.

On the eve of the new Billabong Adventure Division documentary film titled «Vague à l’âme» (Wave of the Soul), produced by Vincent Kardasik, we caught up with Sancho to find out where some of his deeper motivations come from.

Benjamin Sanchis © Alex Laurel/Billabong Adventure Division


How would you describe what you do for work to a very small, inattentive child?
I'm having the most fun ever travelling the world with my bros looking for perfect waves

What is that you do professionally that you are most proud of?
Being able to be a pro surfer while not doing any contests. Having that freedom of doing whatever I want and going wherever I want to.

Please tell us about this new movie “Vague a lame”
It's about the ups and downs of big-wave surfing. The preparations, the stress, the rewards. It's mostly our pursuits through Europe.

Shane Dorian (left) and Benjamin "Sancho" Sanchis © Billabong Europe


In the film you chase several huge, scary breaks throughout Europe. Which one is the most frightening and why?
I think that day at Nazaré was really special.

Share with us your biggest Rocky Balboa moment of triumph! (you know, punching meat in a freezer then running up the steps of City Hall with your own special theme music blaring.)
Jaws this year was insane.

If you weren’t chasing big waves around the planet, what would you be doing for work? Barista? Art Dealer?
I get scared when I think about that. I can t find anything else on earth that would make me as happy.



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