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Wadeck Gorak

French Nationality
28 years old
Ubaye, France
I grew up in the Ubaye Valley (South Alps – France), in Praloup. After a classic school career in alpin ski and ski studies, I quickly started to practice an extreme ski. My favourite playground is the mountain in general, with nice faces full of powder and beautiful rocky ledge to jump with unexplored steep slopes. I’m a professional skier since two years.
« I see ski freeride discipline evolving on the adventure side, and exploration of unexplored places. »
 
career highlights
 

-2013-2016 : I’m on the Freeride World Qualifier since three years, and each year I’m coming closer to my dream: the Freeride World Tour.

-2016 : 5th at the european rank, 12th at the world rank on the Freeride World Qualifier

- First ski descent of the north face of Essyilloune (Haute Ubaye, France)

 

- First ski descent of the north face of les Aiguilles du Chambeyron (highest French South Alps summit, Haute Ubaye)

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+ What are your 3 most beautiful achievements in ski ? 

I’m on the Freeride World Qualifier since three years, and each year I’m getting closer to my dream: the Freeride World Tour.

This year, I’m 5th at the European rank, and 12th at the world rank on the Freeride World Qualifier.

Next to that, I realized two nice firsts descent at ski: on the north face of Essyilloune (Haute Ubaye, France), and the other one on north face of les Aiguilles du Chambeyron (highest French South Alps summit, Haute Ubaye).

+ Who do you prefer skiing with ? 

My favourite partners are my firends of the Frouzuisse team (French and Swiss riders of the Freeride World Qualifier) and my good friend, mountain guide, Jeremy Rumébé, whith whom I share my ski firsts descent and other awesome moment in mountains.

+ The best time you had while skiing ? 

Both of the firsts that I realised take part of my favourite moments in mountains, including, of course, the trips that I’ve done! In Japan, with incredible quantities of snow, in New Zealand’s volcanoes, or either the Chili ones, those trips had been magic moments, and are my best memories.

 

+ And the worst ?

The worst I leaved, was in the North West of Brec (Sauze, France), while We were doing a first ski descent with Jeremy Rumébé. After two turns, in the most exposed part, He fell into a trap of a snow crust layer, He started a fall above 60 meters of rocky bar! I was above him, and honestly, I saw him dying! I put my head in my hands just a few seconds, and when I lift up my head, He was just above the rocky bar, looking at me, shocked, just a few centimeters from a tragedy!!

What do you like doing when you’re not skiing?

I’m a sport and adventure enthousiast in general. I never say no for a good wakeboard session, a nice engaged canyon or a good session of mountain fishing!

+ How do you see your discipline evolving in the next few years? 
Concerning the evolution of this discipline, I see it more and more in the adventure and exploration of unexplored places, with achievement and performance. The resources we can dispose allow to go farther in the extreme and I think a lot of exploits will happen. And I have a few projects that could be some!