Santa Cruz defended its reputation for producing strong surfers today as the best Mavericks specialists took to the water for a classic Big Wave World Tour competition in Half Moon Bay. A long awaited victory can now be added to Peter Mel’s repertoire. On Sunday, January 20th, 2013, La Selva Beach native and Quiksilver athlete claimed victory at the Mavericks Invitational, an event that last ran in 2010. At 43-years-old, Mel hails from Santa Cruz and has spent two decades honing his big wave skills at Mavericks. His success today was most deserving.
Peter Mel from Santa Cruz, California, drops in on a bomb set during Sunday’s Mavericks Invitational contest. Photo: Surf Channel/Hale Metzger
The waves for Sunday’s event were few and far in between, but when they hit the reef they were throwing fast. Mel was consistent and dropping into critical sections of the wave.
In a passionate acceptance speech, Peter Mel announced that his winnings would be split amongst the finalists. The 2013 Mavericks Invitational podium included Alex Martins (Recife, Brazil), Greg Long (San Clemente, CA) clinched 3rd, Zach Wormhoudt (Santa Cruz, CA) placed 4th, Mark Healey (Oahu, Hawai’i) finished in 5th and Santa Cruz’s Shawn Dollar in 6th.
“That feeling of challenging yourself and challenging Mother Nature was something I found out at a very early age. And I’m still chasing that feeling,” Mel said.
View from the channel as local competitor Ryan Seelbach paddles out to face Mavs. Photo: Surf Channel/Shannon Q
All the competitors proved worthy of their spot in the lineup, but it was Peter Mel (red) that most impressed the judges. Photo: Surf Channel/Hale Metzger
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