"For a thirteen year old Maui grom, he's the best kid I have seen at that age – for sure." That was what 3-time world champ Andy Irons said about Ian Gentil almost 2 years ago. Billabong is proud to announce that Ian Picano Gentil has now joined the Billabong family as a team rider.
"We are beyond stoked on having Ian join the Billabong family," said Enich Harris, Billabong USA Marketing Director. "He is one of the most talented 14-yr-olds on the planet and we are excited to support him in reaching new performance levels and achieving all his future goals in surfing."
Born in Palm Beach, Florida on Feb. 12, 1996, Ian is a true water baby, meaning he was literally born underwater in a bathtub at home. Ian Gentil's love for the water started early and never stopped.
Shortly after his birth, the Gentil family moved to the island of Maui and grew up surfing Hawaiian juice from day one.
By the time Ian was 11 years old he competed in his first NSSA National's where he finished runner-up in the mini grom division. At 12 he competed in his second NSSA Nationals coming in 3rd in the Explorer Menehune Division. On his third year entry into the 2009 NSSA Nationals (at the ripe old age of 13) Ian won two National titles. He put on an outstanding performance in the Open Boys division final, posting two perfect 10's, a performance only achieved two other times in the 31 years of the NSSA Nationals.
"I'm so happy to be with Billabong," says the soon to be 15-year-old. "It really feels like the right fit."
Besides his NSSA competition successes, Ian has pursued traveling internationally to free surf on photo/video trips. The prodigious regular-footer has logged more time on the road than almost any other kid his age. Australia, Brazil, Indo, Nicaragua, he’s crossed them all off of his list — and that was just last year. His list of favorite places traveled includes the Mentawais and Tahiti.
Centered on surfing, his family, friends, and his dog, Ian's other passions include a bit of skateboarding, video games, and drawing and painting (especially on his boards.) Ian's focus is now to take the next step into the top levels of surfing performance. Check out these video links and see if you don't agree.