Hi, my name is Natxo González. My discipline is big-wave surfing . My friends call me Natxete. I was born on 20 September 1995 in Plentzia, in the Basque Country. My special talent issurfing, of course. My philosophy of life islive to surf and surf to live. The most important person in my life is my mother and my family in general. My favourite food is baby squid served in its ink. My favourite music is anything – whatever fits the moment.
Natxo González is so good at big wave surfing that he can tame the surf with the power of his mind. Yes, that's right – according to this guy, taming 20ft waves is 80 percent in the head and only 20 percent of it is about the physical demands on the body; impressive stuff indeed.
González's enormous talent and professionalism have earned him deserved recognition among his peers. He spent seven years saving up to buy his first elite surfboard, an endeavour which soon paid dividends when he started winning regional competitions, culminating in a hometown victory at the Punta Galea Challenge in 2012.
Since then the Basque shredder has broadened his horizons – he can take on any type of wave and has travelled the world to prove it. The man known as Natxete has hit up all the popular spots in the likes of Chile, Morocco and Namibia, and his favourite big wave is at Puerto Escondido, in Oaxaca, Mexico. But home is where the heart is for this chameleonic surfer, and he's got a soft spot for the hollow swells of his hometown in Vizcaya.
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