11yr old Johnny “The Jondor ” Mel took top honors in the hotly contested U12 final. Finn McGill opened up with a whopping 9pt ride and put the pressure on early. John stuck to his guns posting a solid 7pt ride then saved his best for last. Needing a high 8pt ride “the Jondor” spread his wings and threw down a series of backhand lip slams, carves and snaps that progressively got more critical as the wave peeled towards shore. As he kicked out on his last hit, the time had completely run out in the heat and we all waited for the score. Unanimous 10′s locked in from each and every judge sent the crowd into a massive frenzy, Johnny was hoisted up onto the shoulders of his mates and carried on the victors chair to the podium…absolutely the most amazing display of calm, collected radical surfing in the clutch by an 11yr old ever witnessed!!!
Massive CONGRATZ to John for his exceptional surfing and win at the USA Champs! Click here for a full recap of the contest, including video of John Mel’s 10 point wave.