ABOUT CYRIL

To seek, take and overcome challenges is deeply part of my personality. Whether it be on my professional or personal life, the challenges that I overcame have crafted through time a can-do attitude, problem solving skills, and a huge ambition. I am passionate with everything I undertake. I love my family, I love my friends, I love water sports and outdoor adventures, I love languages, I love world music, I love meeting new people, I love to travel. I LOVE LIFE.

HERE IS A SHORT TIMELINE OF WHAT I DID:

  • 1976: Born in Lille, France
  • 1994: Graduated from Baccalaureate in France
  • 1994-95: Exchange student, living a year in the USA, I am 18 years old
  • 1996: 2 years of university in Lille, France
  • 1998: 1st year of Master’s degree in Oxford, England
  • 1999: 2nd year of Master’s degree in Madrid, Spain
  • 2000: 3rd year of Master’s degree in Paris, France
  • 2001: Moves to Milan, Italy, for 19 months
  • 2002: Round-the-world trip – 26 countries, 12 months, 7,000 US$ budget
  • 2003: Moves to Bahia, Brasil, for 6 months, then back to Lille, France
  • 2004: Moves to Mendoza, Argentina, for 1.5 year
  • 2007: Moves to Santa Rosa, California, to be GM for the subsidiary of a french company. Has been living in California since then.

RECENT ATHLETIC CHALLENGES:

  • 2010/2011/2012/2015: Catalina Outrigger Challenge, 32-mile race, 5 hours
  • 2010/2011/2014/2015: Moloka’I Hoe Outrigger World Championship, 43-mile race, 6 hours
  • 2012: Yukon River Quest, Canada, 440-mile canoe race, 45 hours
  • 2014: Cal100, 100-mile canoe race in California, 12 hours
  • 2016: Great Pacific Race: Ocean Rowing boat race from Monterey, California to Honolulu, Hawaii. Achieved in 39 days, 9 hours, 56 minutes. Guinness World Record for the fastest crossing on that course.

 

1976: BORN IN LILLE, FRANCE - MASTER OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ESCP EUROPE - SPEAKS 5 LANGUAGES FLUENTLY.
1976: BORN IN LILLE, FRANCE – MASTER OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ESCP EUROPE – SPEAKS 5 LANGUAGES FLUENTLY.
PROUD FATHER OF TWO BOYS, OLIVER AND SIMON
FATHER OF TWO BOYS, OLIVER AND SIMON
1994-95: 18 YEARS OLD, TURNS HIS DREAM OF LIVING IN THE USA A REALITY
1994-95: 18 YEARS OLD, TURNS HIS DREAM OF LIVING IN THE USA A REALITY, LIVES IN ARKANSAS FOR A FULL SCHOOL YEAR AS A 12TH GRADER
1998: CYRIL MOVES TO OXFORD, ENGLAND WHERE HE WILL LIVE AND STUDY FOR 1 YEAR
1998: CYRIL MOVES TO OXFORD, ENGLAND WHERE HE WILL LIVE AND STUDY FOR 1 YEAR
1999: CYRIL MOVES TO MADRID, SPAIN WHERE HE WILL STUDY FOR A YEAR. HE NOW IS FLUENT IN 3 LANGUAGES
1999: CYRIL MOVES TO MADRID, SPAIN WHERE HE WILL STUDY FOR A YEAR. HE NOW IS FLUENT IN 3 LANGUAGES
2000: CYRIL MOVES TO PARIS, FRANCE WHERE HE WILL LIVE FOR 1 YEAR AS PART OF HIS MASTER DEGREE IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS.
2000: CYRIL MOVES TO PARIS, FRANCE WHERE HE WILL LIVE FOR 1 YEAR AS PART OF HIS MASTER DEGREE IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS.
2001: CYRIL MOVES TO MILAN, ITALY WHERE HE WILL LIVE FOR 1.5 YEAR. HE NOW SPEAKS 4 LANGUAGES FLUENTLY
2001: CYRIL MOVES TO MILAN, ITALY WHERE HE WILL LIVE FOR 1.5 YEAR. HE NOW SPEAKS 4 LANGUAGES FLUENTLY
2002: 25 YEARS OLD, TRIP AROUND THE WORLD BACKPACKING, 12 MONTHS
2002: 25 YEARS OLD, TRIP AROUND THE WORLD BACKPACKING, 12 MONTHS, 4 CONTINENTS, 26 COUNTRIES
2002: CYRIL MOVES TO BARREIRAS, BAHIA, BRASIL WHERE HE WILL LIVE FOR 6 MONTHS. HE NOW SPEAKS 5 LANGUAGES FLUENTLY.
2002: CYRIL MOVES TO BARREIRAS, BAHIA, BRASIL WHERE HE WILL LIVE FOR 6 MONTHS. HE NOW SPEAKS 5 LANGUAGES FLUENTLY.
2004: CYRIL MOVES TO MENDOZA, ARGENTINA WHERE HE WILL LIVE FOR 1.5 YEAR
2004: AFTER 1.5 YEARS IN FRANCE, CYRIL AND HIS FAMILY MOVE TO MENDOZA, ARGENTINA WHERE HE WILL LIVE FOR 1.5 YEAR, WORKING IN THE WINE BUSINESS. ONCE THE PROJECT IN ARGENTINA ENDED, THEY RETURN TO LILLE, FRANCE, WHERE CYRIL WAS BORN.
2007: AFTER ONE YEAR IN FRANCE, CYRIL AND HIS FAMILY MOVE TO SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, WHERE HE WORKS IN THE WINE INDUSTRY
2007: AFTER ONE YEAR IN FRANCE, CYRIL AND HIS FAMILY MOVE TO SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, WHERE HE WORKS IN THE WINE INDUSTRY
2010/11/14/15: MOLOKA'I HOE, WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OUTRIGGER CANOE, 6 HOURS
2008, CYRIL STARTS OUTRIGGER CANOEING. IN 2010/11/14/15, HE PARTICIPATES IN THE MOLOKA’I HOE, THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF OUTRIGGER CANOE, RACING FROM MOLOKA’I TO OAHU ON A 43-MILE, 6-HOUR RACE
2014: CALIFORNIA 100, CANOE RACE OF 100 MILES DOWN THE SACRAMENTO RIVER, 12 HOURS
2014: CALIFORNIA 100, CANOE RACE OF 100 MILES DOWN THE SACRAMENTO RIVER, 12 HOURS
2014: YUKON RIVER QUEST - 440 MILE CANOE RACE IN CANADA - 45 HOURS
2014: YUKON RIVER QUEST – 440-MILE CANOE RACE IN CANADA, DOWN THE YUKON RIVER – 45 HOURS UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN
JUNE 2016, GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR THE FASTEST CROSSING OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN FROM CALIFORNIA TO HAWAII IN AN OCEAN ROWING BOAT; 39 DAYS, 9 HOURS, 56 MINUTES
JUNE 2016, GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR THE FASTEST CROSSING OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN FROM CALIFORNIA TO HAWAII IN AN OCEAN ROWING BOAT; 39 DAYS, 9 HOURS, 56 MINUTES