Michel Bourez

Michel Bourez Fitness Tips

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The tahitian surfer was given his nickname, “The Spartan,” by fellow pros impressed by his heroic physique. His fitness philosophy is simple: use the water, the beach and local delicacies.



  • Discipline: Surfer  
  • Age: 30  
  • Height: 5’7”
  • Weight: 165 lbs
  • Roll of honor: ASP Champions Tour since 2009, highest overall rank, fifth, 2014; Two event wins, at Margaret River (Australia) and Rio (Brazil); ASP European Champion, 2006

5: The number of times he eats each day (three full meals and two self-made fruit smoothies)

“In Tahiti we eat a lot of veggies, rice and fruit, so that’s automatically healthy,” says Bourez. His nutrition plan has one rule: listen. “To get better, you have to listen to your body. My body tells me what it wants, and I give it exactly that.” This usually means eating a “super-light” breakfast, a big lunch and a light evening meal, with smoothies in between, so that “the goodness goes into my system quicker.”


20: The Height in feet of the tallest wave he’s conquered

Bourez encountered this giant wall of saltwater—“easily a 20-footer,” he recalls—in Mexico. The most dangerous wave, however, is the one he faces the most: Teahupo’o, off Tahiti, where he lives. “An 8-footer there could have the same strength as a 15-footer elsewhere,” says Bourez, “so surfing it requires a different mindset.” The 30-year-old copes with challenges by viewing them as hurdles to overcome.

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8: The number of Turns he manages on the longest competition wave

“Competition surfing is not about standing on a board for the most time,” Bourez says, “it’s about how many turns you can do on a wave.” At the Rip Curl Pro in Australia, he performs up to eight turns on the long, low wave, while three are typical elsewhere. To increase agility, Bourez sprints on the sand and does focused stretching workouts: “A lot of pushing and turning the whole body, so it can move quickly and in balance.” 

42: The number of Hours of jujitsu he does before Surfing season begins

There’s no such thing as time off for Bourez, who says he surfs “at least two hours, every day. If the waves are really good, I can spend a whole day in the water.” Every February, before the ASP Championship Tour starts up, he undergoes three hard weeks of training, including a two-hour jujitsu session every evening.

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09 2016 The Red Bulletin

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