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Ian Gentil

Surfer

Hometown:

Paia, Maui, Hawaii

Birthday:

12/02/1996

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Biography

Growing up on the beautiful island of Maui with Brazilian parents, Ian’s relationship with the ocean is evident with his surfing – ebbing and flowing with every move he makes. Ian has accelerated expectations by making the cut to be in the top 22 (currently ranked in the top 20) surfers of the 2023 WSL Championship Tour, all while releasing jaw-dropping video parts and riding iconic breaks all over the world.

His passion for exploration and culture is what drives him. A humble human who believes in the power of play and that surfing belongs to the people.

Ian is a timeless classic, a person built on soul and spirit, with the level of grit we all aspire to have.

Ian’s success isn’t just in the water. Completing his Associate’s degree and creating an impressive 650k+ following on TikTok by showing the local beauty, fun, and his raw talent for annihilating waves, Ian’s pursuit for the next big thing is limitless.

Experiencing the chaos of his unbelievable surf talent, Ian’s break from surfing provided him with the clarity for his passion and now he is doing it for all the right reasons. For current and future generations, Ian is the voice of reason.

We took some time to chat with Ian in-between tour stops.

Let’s get your name straight. How do you pronounce your last name?

Gen-teel haha

Now the fun stuff, what’s you dream trip with the ultimate crew? Where you headed and what are you bringing?

A boat trip somewhere uncrowded, maybe South Pacific with some good friends from home! Like Ridge & Kai Lenny, Cody Young, Imai Devault, and others. I’d bring surfboards of course, including twin fins and other fun stuff. A guitar, cards, filmmakers, a helicopter to look for waves and jet skis. I’d have a massive budget to make a surf film the way it should be done.

I hear you love chocolate – what country/stop is providing the best food and treats?

Australia so far. I love meat pies and their food is just super high quality. All kinds of healthy places to eat as well, and not the overly healthy kinds that are inedible. You know how some places are just so healthy and alternative that you’re pretty much eating bird food? Like 100 different seeds and nuts on your avo toast that’s actually not even bread, is labeled triple vegan, leaves you hungry, and cost 8000 thousand dollars. Yeah well not like that—-not like LA. Anyways, it’s just tasty healthy food where I’ve been to in Aus without all the fuss. The food is amazing in Brazil as well, but I haven’t found good chocolate unfortunately. Which is strange because they are a huge exporter of cacao. Generally, Brazilian food is extra salty and extra sweet. I like the extra salty, but not the extra sweet. They definitely need a chocolate revolution.

You rock the Hawaiian and Brazilian flag on your jersey. If you could put implement a Brazilian traditional into American culture, what would it be?

The thing I miss the most about Brazilian culture when I’m home (in Hawaii) is the food and coconut water. Their steak houses are insane, they’ll come around with several different types of meats until you’re full. It’s the best thing ever. Also, pretty much everywhere you go offers rice and black beans. The US doesn’t do that. Hawaii has good coconuts, but it’s not the same. And coconut water is super expensive in Hawaii. But I get to experience the best of both worlds so I can’t complain.

It’s evident you love the ocean. When you aren’t on your surfboard doing aerials, what other passions do you have?

I love playing guitar. I started when I was a teenager and never stopped. At one point I was so addicted that I would rather play my guitar than go surf. Luckily that phase passed because I’m much better at surfing haha. I went through a grunge phase, then moved to more mellow acoustic stuff because it’s easier to play.

That is amazing, we can’t wait for your album to drop. Travelling to different parts of the world is a dream. What’s something you want explore in the next few years? Any other elemental based activities capturing your attention?

I’d like to go to Japan and just eat good food. I’ve only been there a couple times to compete. I did terrible both times in the event, but I remember that every restaurant we went to was like a crazy food experience. Often times we had no idea what we were ordering, but it was amazing.

It would be cool to time it with a snowboard trip but it’d mostly be about food. I’d also like to go to Poland to do the Whim Hoff challenges in the snow/freezing water. I think that’s where they do it. A little bit of discomfort is good for the mind and body, at least for me. Also, doing the same activities over and over again can get boring, so I look try to step out of my comfort zone every once in awhile.

Career Highlights

  • 2023

    WSL Championship Tour

    Surf City El Salvador Pro

    3rd Place

  • 2023

    WSL Championship Tour

    Billabong Pro Pipeline

    9th Place

  • 2023

    WSL Championship Tour

    MEO Rip Curl Portugal Pro

    9th Place

  • 2022

    WSL Challenger Series

    Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro

    9th Place

  • 2022

    WSL Challenger Series

    Vans US Open of Surfing

    9th Place

  • 2022

    WSL Challenger Series

    EDP Vissla Pro Ericeria

    3rd Place

  • 2022

    WSL Challenger Series

    Corona Saquarema Pro

    5th Place

  • 2021

    WSL Challenger Series

    Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Haleiwa Challenger

    9th Place

  • 2018

    WSL Qualifying Series

    Sunset Open

    2nd Place

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