Ibon Amatriain has been considered the best big-wave rider in Europe for the last two decades. Ibon’s humility and easy-going character, along with his unimpachable, game-changing style have made him one of the most admired “underground” surfers in the world today and a respected mentor for the newer generation of big wave riders, like Axi Muniain and Aritz Aranburu, both form Ibon’s home town, Zarautz.
Ibon’s pioneering view focuses on all-round, healthy approach to life and has led to his nickname, “Sensei”, Japanese word for “teacher”. Using every technique from Yoga and stretching to boosting arm-power and a surfskate for his training sessions. Ibon is a true inspiration.
With a role-model like this, it’s not surprising that Ibon’s three sons are now moving onto the surf circuit. Iker, Adur and Eki, all ride their dad’s surfskate signature series.