Coming from an authentic surf family, Ian Fontaine has however managed to develop his own surfing style. His family instilled in him a love for the ocean and a passion for competition from a young age; both have never wavered. His brothers were his first coaches and without them, he would have likely ended up playing football.
As attached to Brittany and Finistere as he is to winter, he loves lonely sessions on his local secret spots. Ian Fontaine is undoubtedly one of the most emblematic surfers of Brittany.
Gwendrez, Finistere, France
Jeffreys Bay, Teahupo'o, Namibia… So many!
The ocean, the pleasure of surfing, the sensation of gliding on water
My brothers, Dane Reynolds, Andy Irons, Julian Wilson, Occy, Tom Curren, Barney, Freddy Mercury, Zidane, Salut C’est Cool… there are a lot!
My Scottish granny’s mince and potatoes
Can you tell us a bit more about your passion for surfing?
I have been surfing since I was 7 years old. The sea is a passion in my family. My grandfather and my great-grandfather were passionate about fishing and sailing, my father and my mother about sailing and windsurfing, and my brothers about surfing too… I think we have that in our blood.
I love surfing because it allows you to get away from it all. No matter what happens in your session, you come out of the water happy to have spent time in that beautiful element. The sensations that surfing gives you are some that I cannot find anywhere else. That's why I've decided to surf as much as I can in my life, and to never let the ocean out of my sight.
You just won the lottery, what would you do first?
I think I'd invest in houses right in front of the most beautiful surf spots in the world and I'd share it with my family and my friends.
What’s the most amazing thing you’ve experienced?
It's hard to say… but I think it's the moments of competition where everything works out in your favor, or maybe the moments of surfing where you surpass your limits. Every day, I try to relive a moment even more incredible than those.
What are you doing during a day without waves?
I go fishing, I draw, I edit videos, I play sports, I live life to the fullest with my family and my friends. But above all, I suppose I want to know when the next waves will be!