Mel, Peter

Masterful big-wave rider from Santa Cruz, California; winner of the 2011 Big Wave World Tour as well as the 2013 Maverick's contest; widely regarded as the best mainland American big-wave surfer of his generation. "Mel set the standard at Maverick's,"sportswriter Bruce Jenkins said in 2013. "Dating back to the early '90s, nobody else surfed the place with his combination of style, virtuosity and raw courage."

Mel was born (1969) and raised in Santa Cruz, the son of boardmaker and manufacture...