About Michel Bourez

Michel Bourez is the second Tahitian to ever qualify for the Championship Tour, and one of the few chosen to represent France at the Olympic Games. Bourez was raised by a French father and Polynesian mother on the tiny island of Rurutu in the Tuamotus, and he remains an island kid at heart. However, his journey to the pro ranks started in Europe, where he was crowned European Champion in 2006 before setting out on the Qualifying Series.

He joined the Championship Tour in 2009 after securing his first of many wins on Oahu’s North Shore in November of 2008 at the Reef Hawaiian Pro. Bourez feels right at home in powerful Pacific reef waves, and he drills that point home every winter in Hawaii. He won the Hawaiian Pro again in 2013 and finished runner-up twice at Sunset Beach (2011, 2013) before finally winning the Vans World Cup there in 2014. The Sunset win was a huge bonus considering he’d won two Championship Tour events that year (Margaret River and Rio) and finished the year ranked No. 5 on the Jeep Leaderboard.

Bourez is famous for his violent turns and chiseled physique, both of which feed into his moniker: “The Spartan.” His warrior-like training regimen includes a healthy dose of jiu jitsu, so he’s not one to mess with, but behind his steely game-face gaze lives a gentle soul, and his eyes light up with his huge smile.

In 2016, Bourez became just the fourth surfer in history to win at three Hawaiian stops by taking the win at the Pipe Masters. Mark Richards, Gary Elkerton, and the late Andy Irons are the only other members of that club. Bourez married his longtime partner Vaimati Laurens in 2018 and the couple had two sons who now live the Tahitian island life he led as a kid. In 2019, in his 14th year on the CT, Bourez finished as the World No. 13 and secured his selection for France at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Instagram: @bourezmichel

Read more about Michel Bourez
  • Men's CT 2021
  • Rookie year

Event results

NamePlacePointsDefeated By
Outerknown Tahiti Pro (REP) 17th1,330Ethan Ewing



Career stats

YearRankPointsEventsHeatsMax heat scoreBest result

Michel Bourez


Michel Bourez

  • Stance
  • First season
    2007 Men's CT
  • Age
    37 Dec 30, 1985
  • Height
    5 ft, 9 in 175 cm
  • Weight
    176 lbs 80 kg
  • Hometown
    Rurutu, French Polynesia
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