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PIERRE BERNARD GASCOGNE, Founder of Surf System & Surf Session

Pierre-Bernard Gascogne. PBG (“Pébège”) for friends.The name is as legendary in the boardsports industry as it is familiar to Surf Session magazine readers.

A long-time surfer (the first Frenchman to have surfed Mundaka) PBG has always strived to combine his passion with his studies and his career.

MARITXU DARRIGRAND, Co-Founder of Roxy

You can’t talk about female icons of the surfing industry without mentioning Maritxu Darrigand

Back in the 70’s, a visionary and a pioneer, she helped lay the foundations of the industry before it even was an industry. As a world traveler living between the mountain and the ocean, she was behind the first screenings of surf movies in theaters.

NICHOLAS LARTIZIEN – SURF HARDWARE

On a trip to Australia to learn how to make wetsuits, Nicholas Lartizien discovered the king of sports: surfing. From then on, it would become a lifelong passion. A passion that would take him to Hossegor, where he helped kick off two of the leading and legendary boardsport brands and eventually lead him to take over as head of the European branch for the global leader in surfing accessories. A life led surfing both waves and opportunities.

MARTIAL CAMBLONG – GENETRIX

His passion for kitesurfing was born when he saw a surfer being pulled by a kite in Hawaii. That moment was true revelation for Martial Camblong, who is dedicated to developing the sport and who works towards making it accessible to as many people as possible. In 2005, his dream took flight when he created the kitesurf brand GENETRIX with a friend. It was a daring bet, but one that paid off since their innovations were taken up by the biggest players in the industry.

STEPHEN BELL – EUROGLASS

When Stephen Bell, aka “Belly” arrived in Hossegor at 20 years old, he had no way of knowing what an incredible adventure the surfing industry had in store for him. Originally from Torquay in south-western Australia, he came to France because Harry Hodge asked him to come shape surfboards for Quiksilver. It was the beginning of an amazing experience alongside Kelly Slater that would take him to the most incredible surf spots around the world, a life which he is still pursuing today, coaching Leonardo Fioravanti.

PHILIPPE BARRE – DARWIN

An entrepreneur, a visionary and counter-current thinker, Philippe Barre invested his entire fortune in the Darwin ecosystem project in Bordeaux. It is a unique location with 20 000m2 dedicated to eco-creative activities with a business incubator, co-working space, an organic restaurant, an urban farm, a nautical club and much more.