Michel started surfing in Polynesia when he was 13 years old. He was nicknamed “The Spartan” for his imposing physique and love of extreme surfing conditions. Crowned ASP European Champion in 2006, he embarked on the ASP World Qualifying Series to eventually win its most prestigious leg (Hawaii) in 2008. This was the winning ticket that allowed him to qualify for the ASP World Tour. Since then, he has gone from one remarkable performance to another and is now one of the best surfers on the planet.