Plencia, ES


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21 years old

1.77 m

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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Skeleton Bay : the best left of the world ?

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Natxo Gonzalez · Puerto Escondido // Puerto Escondido (Mexico) 2015. by

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2015 Video Test Series - Nº1 Night Surfing at Wavegarden

WAVEGARDEN® Night Surfing Experiment Wavegarden, pioneers in man-made wave technology, recently conducted a series of tests at their headquarters in Northern Spain in order to check how its technology can improve different aspects of the surfing experience. The first of such tests focused on surfing at nighttime, using a state-of-the-art lighting system and featuring the talents of former European surf champion Vincent Duvignac, big wave surfers Natxo Gonzalez and Axi Muniain and Zarautz local surfer Asier Maqueda. In partnership with a range of leading technical suppliers, Wavegarden is refining their ability to light up facilities at night which, apart from making spectacular imagery, will allow surfers to catch waves before or after work, or school, especially in winter months when daylight is limited. Night surfing in itself is not a new proposition. Surf competitions have been staged in the ocean at night in the past, achieved by flood lighting the ocean similar to a football stadium. However, night surfing has had limited success as it is complicated to set up, impossible to illuminate a large enough area to fully see the waves approaching, and difficult for surfers to clearly see the wave formation and water texture. In Wavegarden’s preliminary research, lights are strategically placed underwater to create an effect never seen before, while providing a truly unique experience for the surfers. “Lighting the waves from underneath the water is a new concept and key to Wavegarden’s client proposition”, confirmed Wavegarden’s CEO, Josema Odriozola. “We used software programs to modify the light coverage, intensity, and color. We even managed to install a light on the moving wavefoil to illuminate the wave for the entire length of the lagoon”. “It was necessary to experiment with the angle and depth of the lights to optimize the reflection inside the wave. Although we understand that external lights will be required at commercial facilities, the focus of this research was below the waters surface”, Odriozola added. “I’ve surfed at night before but this is something completely different”, explained Frenchman Vincent Duvignac, recognized as one of Europe’s most talented and stylish surfers. “When you surf now seems irrelevant: Natxo and I surfed until 2am and could have kept going except we became completely surfed out”. Wavegarden’s night surfing test was documented by celebrated French surf photographer Greg Rabejac, who has been shooting surfers at night for over the past 3 years in France, Spain and Morocco.

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