Gautier is from Bayonne in the Basque region of France and from the age of 12 has grown up surfing the regions world famous breaks. Local waves like Hossegor and Belharra have fueled Gautier's passion for big wave surfing, which reached a high in 2014 when he won the Billabong XXL Award for the biggest wave surfed that year. He caught a 19m (62ft) wave at Belharra, SW France which secured him a place in the record books and place among the worlds big wave surfing elite.
Gautier loves the ocean and free surfing big waves is where he feels most at home. He is keen on training and physical preparation in and out of the water so he's fully prepared for his next session. Training includes pool swimming, foil surfing and free diving in the sea where he can hold his breath for more than 5 minutes and can dive to 100ft deep just with fins!
"Surfing is sharing a moment, a wave, a passion."
"Surfing is my life and my life is organized around surfing. I'm in love with the ocean, so each moment in the sea is a gift for me. I really enjoy big surf because you feel the power of nature. You have to be respectful, motivated and focused. There's nothing better than paddling into a beast of a wave or towing in on crazy huge waves like Belharra or Nazare! "
Gautier was born in Bayonne in the Basque Country, in the south west of France. Region known worldwide for the quality and diversity of its waves, he learned to surf there at the age of 12. It is therefore natural that he came on XXL surfing by practicing on the spots of Guéthary, Hossegor then Belharra. In 2014, Gautier also won the Billabong XXL biggest Wave Award on this legendary spot with a wave estimated at more than 19m, placing him in the prestigious circle of "XXL chargers"!
Gautier is an ocean lover and passionate about big surfing. It is by training in and out of the water that he prepares 100% for the winter heavy surfing season. His training consists of swimming, physical and mental work, surf foil and apnea! He can also hold his breath for more than 5 minutes and descend more than 30m at the mere force of the fins...
"Surfing is sharing a moment, a wave, a passion..."
Surfing is my whole life and my life is organized around surfing. The ocean is my source of inspiration, I take each moment I am there as a gift. Wholesale surfing makes you feel the power of the elements, of nature. This is what makes you humble and respectful. There is nothing better than rowing or towing on a monster from Nazaré or Belharra!