Rudy at Teahupoo, Tahiti (Pic: Francois Rigaud)
Continentseven: When and where did you start to windsurf?
Rudy Castorina: I started windsurfing on a lake on the countryside of Paris when I was about 14 years-old. My dad was passionate so we were going to the water on the weekends. I was so passionated that at 17 my parents found a solution for me to sail more and sent me live with a new family in Marseille. I was living 100 yard from the sea next to “La pointe rouge” Everything started there, it was a magic moment, that changed me forever. Then I came into surfing during my first trip to Morocco at the age of 18. But I was using a skateboard to ride through the city before all.
Continentseven: Who were your influencers in the beginning?
Rudy Castorina: What influenced me the most at the beginning were the adventures and trips you could find in the “Wind Magazine” of riders like Renaud Simon, Raoul Lequertier or Vincent Lartizien and the photographer Gilles Calvet. They went windsurfing at the most remote perfect waves, met with the local people and ate local food. This was windsurfing for me. Now I get influenced by guys like Thomas Traversa, Camille Juban because of their style in the water and who they are on land. My neighbour also influences me, but he does not windsurf, he surfs, does fishing and gardens and has a beautiful Ohana (family) surrounding him.
Continentseven: You live in Haiku on Maui. How is it to live on Maui?
Rudy Castorina: I really like the fact that as soon as you have free time, Maui is an amazing playground, the ocean, the land, the culture. There is a melting pot of people on the North Shore, watermen, artists, hippies, entrepreneurs, gardeners, passionate people… which gives an interesting flavor.
Continentseven: So you left France forever?
Rudy Castorina: Not really, for now Maui is my base camp and my company RueBelle allows me to go back twice a year to present the new collections in Paris.
Continentseven: You also create music. We just listened to a few tracks by Sandwich Island Bass on Soundcloud.
Rudy Castorina: It’s been a nice adventure with two really good friends for about 5 years, but now I am taking a break as it’s very time consuming to focus on the water more.
Continentseven: You are running Rue Belle together with your wife Bella. A dream or sometimes a hard fight?
Rudy Castorina: Both, but foremost a dream came true. We created RueBelle 12 years ago and now present two collections each year at Paris Fashion week. Bella is an amazing artist and it’s really special to represent Hawaii with her.
Continentseven: How was it possible to live in the US?
Rudy Castorina: After being with my girlfriend for 2 years we got married which allowed me to stay living and working in the US.