PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR AT THE ROYAL SPANISH CANOEING FEDERATION (RFEP) // LECTURER AND RESEARCHER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY (EHU-UPV) // FORMER INTERNATIONAL KAYAKER (2x World Champion) // BAT BASQUE TEAM COACH //
After trying many different sports as a child, I decided to focus on the sport that my father used to practice: canoeing. The fact that I could slide over the water, that I could be in touch with the natural environment, and that it gave the chance to discover different places, rivers, seas and lakes, were a strong enough reason to make the decision that from there on, I´d be a kayaker.
During my career as an athlete (amateur regarding the economic, professional regarding dedication), I achieved some international success. However, what I´ve appreciate the most from that period is that I learnt to enjoy the process. Because for me, success is not in the summit but on the journey we walk trying to reach it. That said, I´d be lying if I said that I only focused on the process and not the goals, because as Nietzsche said, the end of a melody is not its goal, and yet if a melody has not reached its end, it has not reached its goal.
Currently I´m still engaged in High Performance sport working as a Performance Director at the Real Federación Española de Piragüismo (Royal Spanish Canoeing Federation) and periodically as a lecturer and researcher at the Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU) (University of the Basque Country). Besides, I´m also supported by the BAT Basque Team Foundation as a High Performing Coach.
I try to spend my free time with my family and reading books (Montaigne or Popper during the day, Borges or Whitman at night, and some gossip magazine once a month at the hairdresser´s). I also like writing (by hand on a notebook like Picasso, Darwin or Hemingway), exercising (kayaking, weight-lifting, swimming in the ocean or running in the hills), listening to music whilst relaxing on my sofa (The Clash on vinyl or Edvard Grieg´s compositions, depending on the mood), and thinking and reflecting as a flaneur while I´m sipping a nice cup of coffee (in a porcelain cup) in my local café or anywhere around the world.
As Seneca said, life is like a play: it´s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.