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Michel Bourez is the second Tahitian to ever qualify for the Championship Tour, and he has now gone one better by provisionally qualifying to represent France at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games after a year of consistent results in 2019. His French father and Polynesian mother raised him on the tiny island of Rurutu in the Tuamotus, and he remains an island kid at heart. But his journey to the pro ranks started in Europe, where he won the regional championship in 2006 before setting out on the Qualifying Series.

He joined the Championship Tour in 2009 after securing his first of many wins in on Oahu’s North Shore in November of 2008 at the Reef Hawaiian Pro. Bourez’s 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 have two sons who now live the Tahitian island life he led as a kid.

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  • Men's CT 2019
    #13
  • Heat wins
    14
  • Avg. heat score
    11.10
  • Rookie year
    2009

Event results

NamePlacePointsDefeated By
Corona Open Gold Coast---

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Career stats

YearRankPointsEventsHeatsMax heat scoreBest result
202013----- 
20191329,315113418.105th 
2018832,395113417.002nd 
20171924,950113318.703rd 
2016638,700114417.671st 
20152119,95092815.675th 
2014546,000114818.701st(x2)
20131233,000103718.502nd 
20121524,250103217.063rd 
2011638,650114319.103rd 
20101131,750103617.343rd 
2009213,612102118.27- 

Michel Bourez

France

Michel Bourez

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