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Peter Mel

Santa Cruz, California
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Professional big-wave surfer Peter Mel was born in 1969, in Santa Cruz, California. He began surfing Maverick’s before it was a well-known wave, and became part of the Santa Cruz big-wave pioneers. Although Mel admittedly struggled with drug addiction during the early 2000s, he overcame these battles and rose to the top of the rankings. With his large ‘Condor’ wingspan, he became the 2011/2012 Big Wave World Tour Champion and followed it up with his first Victory at the Mavericks Invitational 2012/2013. Mel frequently commentates events and helps run his family’s business Freeline Surf Shop.

SPONSORS: Quiksilver, Sanuk Footwear, Freeline Surf Shop, Future Fins, HDX

Lay Day big-wave session in Portugal
GoPro relives 2013 Mavericks Invitational
Big Wave Tour, WSL, Quiksilver Ceremonial, Punta de Lobos, Chile
26 April, 2015 - BIG WAVE: The WSL Big Wave Tour is placing the Quiksilver Ceremonial in Punta de Lobos, Chile on Yellow Alert with a projected 20-foot-plus...
10 April, 2014 - BLOG: Peaking, the original series by RedBull, takes a peek inside the mind of 2013 Mavericks Invitational Champion, ASP World Tour webcast...
10 April, 2013 : - VIDEO: Pete Mel discusses two of the boards that he’ll be taking to Chile for the Quiksilver Ceremonial. Held at Punta de Lobos, a...
21 January, 2013 : - BIG-WAVE: For the first time since 2010, the Mavericks Invitational surf contest went down. It was Peter Mel taking the win in...
3 May, 2012 : - Peter Mel was officially awarded the Big Wave World Tour Title in Newport Beach, CA on Sunday, April 29th 2012. The ceremony was held aboard...
12 August, 2011 : - Yesterday, the world's best big wave surfers battled 45 foot waves at the second competition in the 2011 Big Wave World Tour in Peru....


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