Born on Reunion Island, Alain Riou started surfing at the age of 10. Living pretty far from the beach he could only surf on weekends and holidays. However all that changed when at the age of 14, he and his family moved to the beautiful island of Tahiti, only a ten minute boat ride from the infamous Teahupoo. After finishing high school Alain began focusing on his surfing career, and has been a raising star since he won the European Junior Championships in 2002 and again in 2003. He has been trying to crack the WQS for nearly 8 years and continues to compete, while also traveling the globe chasing swells in search of perfect waves.