At 23 years of age, French-speaking Tahitian Michel Bourez ended 2008 with a win at the coveted Reef Hawaiian Pro. His impressive performance in pumping Haleiwa pushed him up to number two in the world and led to qualification for the sport’s elite division the following year. Since then, Michel has been a constant presence on the World Championship Tour. His best overall finish was sixth in 2011, the same year that he took the runner-up spot at the Vans World Cup of Surfing, and finished third at the Billabong Pipe Masters. 2013 is shaping up to be equally impressive - he currently lies in tenth place overall thanks to semi-final appearances at the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast, the Oakley Bali Pro and the Hurley Pro at Trestles. Born on 30th December 1985 on Rurutu in the Tuamotus Islands, Michel is only the second Tahitian ever to qualify for the prestigious ASP World Tour more than a decade after Vetea David retired from full-time competition. He first made his mark in competition on the ASP European tour, reaching number four in the Pro Junior rankings at 18 years old. He won the 2-Star Caja de Canarias in 2005, and was crowned 2006 European Champion. Raised on shallow Tahitian reefs, Michel is a tube-riding expert with the most powerful frontside gouge around. Known as ‘The Spartan’ because of his supreme physique and power on the board, he has the ability to beat anyone on the world tour.
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