Hi! My name is Yves.
I am a 59 year-old French globetrotter.
I have always maintained a very active lifestyle. After going through the Alps on foot, ski, bike (with 7 years of competition), or even on a plane (with a pilot’s license at the age of 19 years), I also roamed the seas, from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean seas on 2 different sail boats.At the age of 28, I embarked with 3 of my best friends on a 55 ft yacht towards South America and the Caribbean. 14 years later, I was still cruising by myself, on the 44 ft boat I had built from scratch.
I lived on the island of Guadeloupe (French West Indies) for 12 years, got a black belt in Karate, and became a sports instructor that allowed me to teach Karate in St François (Guadeloupe) along with my master: Béatrice Joffroy, who holds a 7th degree black belt.
In 2004, I went back to France and created a club in the South: in Lodève, a small town near Montpellier. At the same time, I was volunteering with a local association whose main goal was to support primary and high school immigrant students with courses in French.
In April of 2013, I flew to Myanmar to visit three kids I supported through a local organization: World Vision. During this trip, I caught the disease that left me totally paralyzed for the better part of a year. They call it Guillain-Barre’s syndrom.
After a whole year in a re-adaptation center, I started to be able to walk with braces and crutches, so I decided to hit the road again. I was planning to go on a tour around Europe.This time however, I will need a vehicle adapted to my needs.
You can see the chair I am now using on my facebook page !