Asier Muniain, known as Axi, was born on January 2, 1982 in Zarautz, Gipuzkoa. He started surfing at twelve and a year later he was competing. This radical and innovative surfer has taken half a lifetime working the various aspects of surfing. Devoting himself at a very young age to the conventional competition, what he has become really passionate about is hunting the biggest waves. “I always liked the world of big waves, so I started making bigger boards and giving it a go. I started surfing big waves in Karramarro. The curious thing is that I promised myself I would never surf Roca Puta, as it was a foolishness thing to do and I did not want to risk my life. And now, today, it has become a small wave for me.”
Axi is also the first professional surfer statewide free-surfer. What motivates Axi to stay in the big-wave surf game? “It’s a special kind of challenge, you learn to control your body and mind. Out there you are surrounded by a quietness that you only find on the big days. The kicks of adrenaline that I get when a series of big waves advances are the most satisfying ones I ever got in surfing. But I like surfing all type of waves...” Axi is nominated for the “Biggest Wave” award at the 2012 Billabong Global Big Wave Awards for his epic runs in Agiti, Spain last June.
Bio courtesy of: AxiMuniain.com