Participant (photo: Ingerid Jordal)
Audience (photo: Ingerid Jordal)
Volunteer (photo: Ingerid Jordal)
Partner (photo: Ingerid Jordal)

Janick and SimonSimon Polo (1977) and Janick Volle (1974) from France competed together in VAKE for the first time in 2014. VAKE 2017 will be Simons fifth and Janicks second. The goal is to do better than last time and hopefully cross the finishing line with tears in their eyes and smiles on their faces. See you there, Team Janick and Simon! 

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Simon started snowkiting 16 years ago and never gave up on it. It is just the most fun sport ever and it crosses so many different domains. Simon spends all his windy winter weekends on the snow enjoying kiting and have also competed in some local championships and international kite competitions like VAKE. This year he will focus only on VAKE.

Simon loves to spend time outdoors and loves to camp out in every kind of weather. The last four winters, he has been out tenting most weekends. Simon used to be an outdoor guide for hunters and fishermen in northern Canada. Since he moved to Norway, his outdoor experience have increased every year. “Usually I spend most of my time in southern Norway, but I love to travel north – it’s just better in every regard”, he says.

Janick has been snowkiting for the last 15 years. He’s started kiting in the French Army and have participated in all competitions in France he’s been able to since he started. Living in the Alps allows him a lot of sessions of snowkiting every year.

Janick’s been a mountain trooper for 20 years, is an alpine expert and has spent lots of nights out in the cold to endure/train/eat/sleep in hard weather conditions.

“I participated in VAKE two years ago and that was an incredible experience i really want to renew!” he says.

Special skills

“Both of us we are trained to endure bad situations in every sense of the word, physically and mentally. We love challenges and we love to team up. We become one body!”


“We are motivated to do better than we did last time! Passing the finish line with tears in the eyes and smiles on the faces! It will mean a lot for us. It’s good or the rank if we go fast, but that cannot be predicted! “