Besides being global ambassadors for the brand, our athletes play a vital role at Cabianca Surfboards. It is their constant feedback from the water that allows us to continue to improve and innovate in the shaping room.
Coming from the same surf-rich town of Maresias, Johnny and Gabriel started working together in 2009… and they’ve been making surfboards (and surfing history) together ever since. As Gabriel evolved into the 3 times world champion he is today, Johnny Cabianca is proud to have played a part in that evolution.
Don’t be fooled by the shy, gentle smile: behind it lies the mental toughness of a true competitor. Whether he’s surfing the cold water of his home breaks in Northern Spain, or the perfect freshwater walls of his secret Basque training facility The Wavegarden… this kid is dangerous.
Janire González -Etxebarri
To get the top, you need talent, passion and commitment in equal measures, and this 15 year-old from Zumaia has it all, no doubt. Janire is always first in and last out of the water, and surfs like she was born with a board under her feet. She’s been surfing our boards for many years now, and seeing her beat the older surfers to become the 2019 Spanish (open) Champion made us so proud – it’s great to see all that hard work pay off.
Half Brazilian, half French, raised on Biarriz beachbreaks and Costa Rican point breaks… Tiago is a truly global surfer, and a huge talent. We like to think he gets his passion and competitiveness from his Brazilian mother – Tiago’s what Johnny calls a ‘Finish Horse’, meaning he makes a lot of finals, and in 2019 he finished second on the European Junior Tour, winning two of the events. Surfing with power and elegance, he’s got a huge bag of progressive moves – we’re looking forward to seeing a lot more of Tiago in the future.
2011, MESSANGE AND TAHITI
At only ten years old, Tya has already lived a surfing life that most of us would be happy to retire on. The daughter of two passionate surfers who call Hossegor and Tahiti home, since the age of two this talented young girl has been travelling the world in search of the perfect wave – and it shows. From freesurfing Tahitian barrels to competing in sloppy beach breaks, Tya does it all with joy, determination and versatility. She’s growing into an exceptional surfing talent with an elegant, natural style, and we can’t wait to see where she will be in another ten years.
Bitor’s a young Basque surfer with a super positive attitude and all the dedication you need to make it to the top. Out of the water, he’s the nicest guy: in the water he’s relentless, and as the 2018 Basque champion, winner of the 2019 national (Spanish) Junior Tour and runner up at the Spanish Championships, we think he represents the best of Basque surfing. A pleasure to have you with us, Bitor!