Alban 1997-2007

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Born in Neuilly, near Paris, September 1989

 

 

Alban was born in a suburb of Paris not far from where his mother and father, Pierre Brun, lived in Paris's 17th Arrondissement.

Here he is on the slopes in Tahoe in April 2007. It was warm, the snow was melting almost visibly throughout the day, and he was having a good time, even with the parents!

 

From day one, he was a born athlete. Today he is the most skilled on our trampoline (see below), and for a while raced mountain bikes.

Arriving for the first time in the USA in June 1997, Alban took to Santa Cruz like a duck to water. He took to water the same way! He didn't speak a word of English at first, but made friends in no time at Happy Valley School.  

And he quickly became a star at soccer.  He had of course played in playgrounds in France before moving over here, but never in the trained and organized manner of youth soccer in Santa Cruz

Although he and Woody, his first coach, could not at first understand each other's language, Alban put all his heart and effort into his game and won over coach and teammates alike. Here he is on the right, running after the ball, as ever, and wearing number 3.

The only problem is that he gave soccer a rest beginning in early 2004, and had not picked it up again in 2007.  Fall 2003 may have been his last season of youth soccer. That hurts. 

 

On the left his High School portrait, from Harbor in the fall of 2006. On this page are photos which we like and those which he likes.  Needless to say, this clean-cut smile is one of ours! As is the one below, taken in the office at home in 2005.

 

 

Below left, with Charlie and Alex (hiding behind the chimney!) on a misty Christmas Day 2005, trying out the remote control cars that the little guys received for Christmas. This was taken on the deck at home. Alban still spends a lot of time with the little guys. And if you look carefully you'll notice that his pants have that baggy barely hanging on at the hips look look that his peers find so appealing. Perhaps not the parents!

 

 

 

Girls, don't panic! It's his sister! 

It was Daphné's high school graduation, and Alban cheered his sister on, but without removing his hood, a few months before his 16th birthday. They look pretty good together, don't they?

    

Combing his hair in the door handle, in March 2001.

Gel is KEY!!

 

Here he is in a photo that his maman is fond of, one of the first photos she took with her new digital camera in June 2002.

 

This was Alban's eighth birthday present, which was a success!  Ian was a bit of a flop at keeping it up and running, but it sure was fun while it lasted.


Here he is in September 2000 at the Natural Bridges Skate Park in Santa Cruz, looking pretty cool on his board (which was already so important to him that he spent his own savings buying it). In 2007, he still used his own money to buy skateboards.

 

Here he is doing a flip, front or back we don't know, at a swimming lake near La Grée during the summer of 2004. He has a natural knack for diving.

 

 

Charlie took this one with a throwaway camera in May of 2004. Alban has a video that he took of himself trying to do some sort of double somersault on the trampoline. He filmed several attempts, and then finally spiked it.

 

 

Not to forget his inimitable room.  If you look carefully, you can see a desk!!  Check it out!

 

Again with younger children, this time with Maeve, Faby and Jean's daughter, and Alex, at Nick's house down by the wharf, summer 2005.

 

 

And you don't need to be told again that Alban is on a surf- and skateboard kick. He got his first real surfboard for his 11th birthday (and at that price it had better last him through the next decade!). Christmas 2007 brought him yet another skateboard (for those of you who have not been introduced to this dangerous pastime, the boards break more frequently than their riders' bones). Check out the kids' surfing stuff at surfing USA, and a local Santa Cruz surf spot, Steamer Lane, here.

He spends a lot of time fooling around.  And he particularly enjoys vacations, whether at La Grée, in Florida, or at Disneyland, and special days. Of course, now he'd prefer Disneyland with his friends, for which he needs to start earning money . . . ! (As you might have guessed, the parents hold the pen here!) But he does manage to visit Santa Cruz's very own Boardwalk from time to time.

 

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