ARITZ ARANBURU, Team Quiksilver's Basque surfer, this weekend officially qualified for the world's elite professional surfing competition, next year. It's a considerable achievement, as Aritz is the first ever Basque (and Spanish) surfer to win a place among the cream of world surfing, which Europeans have struggled to break into until now.

Born in Zarautz (Basque Country, Spain), the 30th of august 1985

Sponsors: Quiksilver, DC Shoes, Pukas, Fiat

Previous achievements :

European Champion 2007

Winner of the 3* WQS event in Zarautz 2007

Currently 5th in the WQS rankings

Qualified for the ASP World Tour 2008