From the moment Natxo González first planted his feet on fibreglass at the age of 11, he's always been a surfer.
From Mundaka to Punta Galea, the Basque surfer grew up 30km from an abundance of world-class waves and he's at his best when he's among the XXL swells for which the area is known.
With our Why We Go series dropping very soon, we figured the time is right to re-introduce you to a few of the stars of the show, with fast facts and random trivia on everyone from Lucas Chianca to Ian Walsh.
This time it's the turn of our favourite hard-charging Spaniard, so keep scrolling to enjoy immense footage and much more from González.
From the Basque Country to the world
Nazaré like you’ve never seen it before
Witness one of the most dramatic paddle sessions ever at Praia do Norte, from land, sea and drone.
In 2012, aged just 17, González introduced himself to the big wave surfing fraternity with a famous victory at the Punta Galea Challenge. The win would lead to him being granted a wildcard into the WSL's Big Wave World Tour event in Chile, and later to him competing at the jewel in the BWWT crown: Jaws.
Since then he's competed in events all over the world, but his freesurfing performances at Nazaré have been headline moments from his blossoming career to date.
González’s roots run deep
Bizkaia: The making of Mundaka
Natxo González explores the traditional sports that helped build the passion of Basque athletes.
In 2020 our legendary Made In series shone a light on González's beloved homeland.
Straddling the border of France and Spain at the base of the Pyrenees, on the Atlantic's Bay of Biscay, the Basque Country takes a little from each nation yet is a proudly unique corner of the world, with its own language and an incredible local cuisine all of its own. While Bilbao is the major city, San Sebastian is a fixture on the backpacker trail, and as of 25 years ago the Basque Country is now on every surfer's bucket list as well.
González's love for his homeland shines bright, and he carries the series which won acclaim in surfing circles around the world.
Life on the road ain’t too bad either...
Iceland's undiscovered waves
The surf scene is nascent in Iceland, but two natives, Heidar Logi and Elli Thor, are working to change that.
While González is known for his performances at home, he's not afraid of packing a coffin full of boards and setting off to the furthest flung corners of the planet. From Iceland to Namibia to Ireland, if a wave breaks anywhere González wants to tame it, and we're more than happy to savour the results.
Namibia goes nuclear
Natxo González, Aritz Aranburu and friends score epic Skeleton Bay.
González is the archetypal modern surf adventurer, grounded by the powerful waves of home yet intrigued by endless opportunities that lie over the horizon, and tapped into a big wave fraternity that enables travel like never before. As the world releases the shackles after a tough two years, we can't wait to see what our favourite 26-year-old Basqueman delivers next.
Need to know more about González? Why We Go – coming very soon – is here to answer all your questions and more. Stay tuned!
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