• Billabong signs Diego and Nomme Mignot

December 3, 2012 (Hossegor France,)

Billabong is pleased to announce the signing of Diego and Nomme Mignot to new three-year contracts - The two French-Mexican cousins have salt water in their veins, both being virtually raised at sea, sailing and surfing the world with their families since they were micro groms.

The goofyfooters also have legitimate claims to be true citizens of the world. Diego, aged 16, was born in Paris and Nomme, 15, in Panama and when not traversing the world’s oceans they cut their teeth surfing the powerful beachbreaks of Mexico. Through their French heritage though they have surfed as amateurs for the French national team and have competed on the ASP European Junior Series for the last three years.

They are now based in Hossegor for six months of each year, pushing their careers by being closer to Europe’s best surfers, Billabong’s coaches and the surf industry as a whole.
“Both Diego and Nomme are fantastic surfers with incredible potential,” said Nathan Hele, the Billabong Europe Surf marketing coordinator. "Their surfing and attitude already show real maturity and they make a great addition to both the team and the Billabong Bloodlines program, our successful international junior development scheme."

With smooth, progressive styles and explosive power both surfers have racked up impressive competitive results. Diego placed 6th in the ISA World Junior Championships in Panama 2012, finished 3rd at the European Junior Championship and just missed out on a top ten place in the ASP European Junior Rankings.

Nomme has mirrored his cousin’s success in 2012, securing a 5th place in ISA World Junior Championships, winning the under 16 European Junior Championship  and also making his mark on the ASP European Junior Series.

The two have pushed each other, their friendship and intense as their rivalry. With Billabong’s backing supporting their tremendous and talent and unique background, the two cousins are set to light up 2013 with their electric double act.