Seb Garat is 2006 and 2007 KPWT World Champion, 2011 Euro Champion and French Champion 2007-2011. He is the older brother of Val Garat and currently ranked 7th in the world on the GKA Freestyle Tour.
With ten years of age between the two brothers, the story- and journey to success, were driven by family and a shared passion for wind-sports. It all started back in the day on family holidays to Greece with nothing more than a camper van full of toys and a desire to get involved. Unfortunately for Val Garat, he spent most of his time on the beach due to being too small. Watching his older brother Seb and Father session the windy shores first on windsurfers and then kiteboarding, became too much for young Seb to handle. Not taking no for an answer, he created a bar out of bamboo, and the rest is history.
While Seb Garats professional kiteboarding career taking off – his brother Val Garat waited at home in Montpellier for his brother to return from the KPWT world circuit, so he could show him the tricks he had learned. With numerous titles under his belt, Seb hung up his boots and took over the position of French Team Coach. Now, with the tables turned, it is Seb who waits at home for his brother to return so they can share and enjoy together with their passion, kiteboarding.
“I would have loved to have had the opportunity to compete with my brother, but the 10 year age gap meant that his career ended just as mine was getting started. Seb is now the French Kiteboarding Team Coach, but first of he is my brother. Of course, this can get difficult, I think more so for him as he is more implicated in the process. I know he finds it hard to keep his emotions separate. It’s also difficult for me to listen to him sometimes, no one likes being told what to do by their older brother, but I know that he usually has a point. At the end of the day, any disagreements we might have are always put to one side. Seb is not a big talker, but his main advice to me has always been “go for it and don’t be afraid.” When I watch him, he’s exactly like that. What we have is excellent. We hope you enjoy the movie.
We sometimes talk about kiteboarding has evolved since back in his day. How many tours we’ve had since then. The kites I used when I was learning, laughing about how I couldn’t handle the power, and how Seb broke around 1 board a week.