Bio

Q & A

  1. When did you turn pro?

    Still working on it…

  2. If there’s one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?

    My hair

  3. Word Association:

    Super Grom= Uhhh… Vision= Seeing Friend= People I surf with Foe= Sharks Sick= Throw up Pipe= Barrel

  4. When did you first start riding?

    When I was six I caught my first wave on my own. In Puerto Escondido, Mexico. In the shore break after my dad pushed me into a few, then I started catching them on my own.

  5. What drives you to be sicker than everyone else?

    The eye of the tube.

  6. If you weren’t ripping on a surfboard, what kind of menial task would you want to do?

    I don’t really know yet.

  7. If you had to share a bathroom with one Oakley rider, who would it NOT be and why?

    Kanoa because he’s Kanoa, lol

  8. Tell me a funny story about an Oakley rider...(We’ll never tell)

    Colt Ward has an epic laugh, listen to it some time.

  9. The break I love the most…

    First Peak lefts

  10. The wave I fear the most is…

    Log Cabins

  11. he gnarliest “I got owned” story that you’ve encountered.

    Yes, it can be about someone else. Leo taking two second reef bombs on the head at Pipe.

  12. Talent…other than doing no handed pushups:

    No handed pull ups.

  13. Your Favorite…(Start with your favorite music artist or something):

    My favorite thing is a Tim Tam Slam

  14. Oakleys are…

    sick!!!

  15. Best song to ride to:

    Anything by the Naked and Famous

  16. First thing you do when you get back from a trip is…

    eat a cold bowl of cereal.

  17. What is something that you wouldn't normally tell someone about yourself?

    I don’t comb my hair, ever.

  18. Fist pumping? Head Banging? C-Walking? Macarena? Or Funky Chicken? Which one? Or all of the above?

    Macarena

  19. Dream vacation spot:

    Tavarua

  20. Would you rather get punched in the gut by Mr. T. or super roundhouse kicked in the face by Chuck Norris?

    Gut punched

  21. People would be super surprised if they knew that you…

    I have traveled to eight different countries in past two years.

  22. What tricks are you working on?

    Backside blowtail reverse

  23. You’ve been mistaken for…

    a girl

  24. Favorite Food…

    sushi

  25. Taylor Swift or Myley Cyrus?

    Taylor Swift

  26. Last words…

    bye

John Mel

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Go big or go home; go small don’t fall.

Date of Birth:
October 18, 1999
Hometown:
Santa Cruz, Calif. – "I keep Santa Cruz weird."
Sponsors:
Quiksilver, Oakley, Channel Islands Surfboards, Ocean & Earth, HDX, Future Fins, Freeline Surf Shop, DFS
Hobbies:
Skateboarding

Career Highlights

    • 2011: 1st, U-12 USA Championships
    • 2010: 1st, Mini Grom NSSA National Championships