Louis Duplan-Fribourg Returns to Water, Sets Sights on US Masters Comeback

Injury Update: Louis Duplan-Fribourg Returns to Water, Sets Sights on US Masters Comeback

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Injury update: Louis Duplan-Fribourg returns to water, sets sights on US Masters comeback

Louis Duplan-Fribourg Returns to Water, Sets Sights on US Masters Comeback

Duplan-Fribourg spent the winter undergoing intensive rehabilitation, aiming to return to the water in 2024 (image: @louisduplanfribourg)

By Jack Burden


Louis Duplan-Fribourg, the reigning world overall champion, made his return to the water this weekend for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in November last year. With his sights set on the US Masters in late May, the 23-year-old Frenchman is diligently working towards regaining full strength.

During his first set back on his trick ski, Duplan-Fribourg took a cautious approach due to his still recovering shoulder. However, he expressed his excitement at being back on the water, stating, “It’s fun to be on the water,” and adding, “the feeling is unreal!”

Duplan-Fribourg underwent shoulder surgery on November 15th to address persistent issues that had plagued him over the past couple of seasons. Opting for surgery during the post-World Championships period, he seized the opportunity to resolve the issue once and for all.

The French national record holder in tricks and jump recently completed a one-month stint of intensive rehabilitation at the European Sports Rehabilitation Center (CERS) in Capbreton, France to facilitate his return to the water. Reflecting on his rehabilitation journey, he expressed gratitude, stating, “It has been a difficult and intense month of work.” He also expressed appreciation for the support received from the team at CERS, saying, “I gave my best every day, and every time you gave it back.”

Duplan-Fribourg is determined to build on his successful 2023 season. For 2024, he has set ambitious goals, aiming “to win the US Masters in tricks and the WWS Overall Tour.” Now the third highest scoring trick skier of all time, the Frenchman’s anticipated rivalries with athletes like Patricio Font in tricks and Joel Poland in overall are expected to be among the most captivating storylines of the upcoming season.

His immediate focus will be on regaining his form in the trick event ahead of the Masters Qualifying Series in mid-May, with the aim of securing his spot at Robin Lake. In 2023, Duplan-Fribourg finished third in the Master’s trick event behind Font and Poland, two athletes who have tricked over 12,000 points more times than any other active skiers.

As the eldest of three remarkably talented siblings, Louis’ younger brother Pol recently clinched his first professional jump title during the night jump at the Moomba Masters earlier this month, edging out Ryan Dodd. Meanwhile, his youngest brother, Tristan, is poised to compete in both the Junior Masters and Under-17 World Championships later this year, where he is considered a favorite in jump and a strong contender in overall.

As Louis embarks on his road to recovery, we can expect to see much more of him, as well as the entire Duplan-Fribourg family, on top of podiums in the coming year.

Louis Duplan Fribourg World Water Ski Champion

Injury Update: Duplan-Fribourg Recovering from Shoulder Surgery

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Injury update: Duplan-Fribourg recovering from shoulder surgery

Louis Duplan Fribourg World Water Ski Champion

Image: @louisduplanfribourg

By Jack Burden


In a recent Instagram post, Louis Duplan-Fribourg revealed that he underwent shoulder surgery a month ago on November 15th, following the World Championships. Despite the challenging setback, the reigning world overall champion expressed optimism about his recovery and his anticipation to return for the upcoming 2024 season.

Sharing insights into his journey, Duplan-Fribourg acknowledged the undisclosed struggles he faced with a painful shoulder over the past couple of years. In collaboration with his team, he decided that the post-World Championships period presented an opportune moment to address the issue through surgery. Currently immersed in the rehabilitation process, Duplan-Fribourg assured his followers that he is fully committed to preparing for the next season.

The French athlete had an exceptional breakout season, culminating in his crowning as the world overall champion in Florida earlier this year. Throughout the season, he achieved remarkable milestones by breaking both the French national trick and jump records. His consistency on the professional circuit was evident as he secured runner-up positions to Joel Poland at every stop on the WWS Overall Tour.

Duplan Fribourg’s podium finishes included a third place in tricks at the U.S. Masters and a debut jump podium at the MasterCraft Pro. Undoubtedly, he concluded his season on a high note with an outstanding performance at the World Championships. During the preliminary round, he set the highest-ever trick score in the event’s history, only to be surpassed by Patricio Font three skiers later.

Despite an intense challenge from Joel Poland, Duplan-Fribourg secured his first world title in the overall event. His skill was further highlighted with a runner-up finish in men’s trick, coming within an equipment malfunction of the gold medal. We look forward to seeing Duplan-Fribourg back on the water in the upcoming season.