peter_mel Yesterday at Mavericks was the best I've seen in a very longtime. From Sunrise to Sunset it was perfection. The early morning was light offshore. Midday the wind kicked in a bit stronger out of the East, perfect time for the Maui boys to get their kicks in. The afternoon gave an hour of light onshore, which actually helped to give you the little boost. Then the evening finished in oil glass. Top it off sharing the experience with my son @johnmel_ Couldn't of asked for a better day with family and friends. Thanks to @powerlinesproductions and @frank_quirarte_photo for calling sets and rescues. Stoked everyone made it home safe. Frame grab @fluid_vision 6h

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peter_mel This winter season has definitely been living up to all the El Niño hype. All over the globe it has been producing great surf. Hope you all have been able to find some time to enjoy yourselves. frame grab @perrygershkow 6d

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peter_mel Had a little buddy join us on our boat at the #todossantoschallenge This was the morning after the event. We surfed all morning and this little guy followed @gerglong and I to our boat. He preceded to follow me up onto the transom and hang out for an hour. We took photos and had a good hang. Then he just jumped off and returned home. Moments like these are great memories. Love this life. 2w

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peter_mel More benefits of surfing at home. Wetsuits, booties and cold water. Love it. Also heard of shark sightings at 3 different surf spots yesterday. Thanks for the photo @guerinmyall 1mon

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peter_mel It is so nice to be home in Santa Cruz. Familiar faces and smiles. Even if it's for a short period, I'll be sure to enjoy every minute of the time. Here's a shot from my good friend @nellysmagicmoments Thank you Nelly for all the positivity you bring to the world. Yea Bah!!! 1mon

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peter_mel Here's the video from the earlier frame grab i posted on insty. I shot this on the new @gopro #hero4session The boys at @gopro know their stuff. Especially @anthony_walsh_ who's motivated me to have fun. Thank you @quiksilver @wsl @freelinesurf @quiksilverwaterman 2mon

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peter_mel 2 jewels of the #triplecrown and a massive day at the #peahichallenge completed. We have the #pipeinvitational and the #pipemasters to finish up. Swell's on the rise and i was able to grab a wave before dark with my @gopro #session Tomorrow is forecast to be bombing. Tune in tomorrow for the @wsl #dawnpatrol 7:30am HST
We could see a start for the #pipeinvitational @quiksilverwaterman @quiksilver
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  •   surfstats Great work on Pe'ahi! 2mon
  •   surfnmybrainsout Congrats on the Peahi event. Hopefully the Eddie runs this year as well. 2mon
  •   joaoamp_02 Nice! 2mon
  •   hargrave Well done Pete. The world finally saw the possibility of the BWT. 2mon
  •   richyporta The boys would have given hugs all round after that wave 2mon
  •   nate_acker Work hard play hard ! 2mon
  •   abrahampaskowitzsurfer @peter_mel I feel your force of purity in the new WSL "can't script this" promo video. Great work in and out of the water!!! 2mon
  •   gopro Congrats on Peahi! Ready for more #GoPro 2mon

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peter_mel It's that time of year when you get to reflect. What's important in life? For me it's true friends and family. I'm so grateful to have both in my life. Family is where life begins and love never ends and friends become family. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. 2mon

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peter_mel Had a close call the other night at Backdoor Pipeline. Luckily no damage. Pheeew!! Sequence courtesy of @kc80 @quiksilver @quiksilverwaterman @freelinesurf @futuresfins 3mon

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peter_mel #tbt 1999 was the year this photo was taken. @patricktrefz has an amazing way of being in the spot at the exact time and you never knew he was there. I love photographers that just allow things to happen and capture them. Patrick is one of those guys. Trefz will premiere a full exhibition tonight at The Goethe Institute in San Francisco that is based on his photography collection Surfers’ Blood, which he will turn into a feature film in 2016. Be sure to check it out. 3mon

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peter_mel The Santa Cruz surfing community has a way of finding unique nicknames for all its local surfers. You have Flea, Barney (Happy Birthday), Rodent, Ratboy, Spot, Ruff and many others. Mine happened to be the Condor. It was given to me by @coachgally for my bird like looks and long wingspan. I didn't really like it, most likely why it stuck. Thought this picture was appropriate, although the bird is a seagull. What are some of your favorite surfer's nicknames? Also want to wish all the Veterans out there a great day and send you some love. Thank you for all you do. 3mon
  •   dollyland Mine is The Spartan ( @bourezmichel ) I didn't really think anything about it until he thundered down the beach past me, the ground shook, he has legs like a race horse and shoulders so big it's ridiculous. His nick name is very fitting. I was all like 😮 and @peter_mel is no condor he will forever be The Bear! No one hugs like he does 3mon
  •   kweder Bad Vibes Bob 3mon
  •   tonyrobertsphoto "New Local" (even after he lived there for decades), "Clown Face" (pretty harsh that one), "The Graduate" (knee boarder who finally took up surfing), "Third Word T" (Barn gave that one), "Big Bird" (identical), the list goes on... 3mon
  •   tonyrobertsphoto "Loop ....", "Mallet ...." We're good ones as well... 3mon
  •   jayjohnsonbwt LAJ 3mon
  •   2farwest Hey thanks for the shout out on Veterans Day @peter_mel not many surfers recognize... Thanks for that 3mon
  •   gordonianj "Back" "Boat" 3mon
  •   rhyan_bassett @bethtimminsphoto these birds are becoming a big problem they are always getting in the way of a good photo. Lol 2d

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peter_mel It sure feels nice to kick the feet up once in a while. Been running full on this year. Back on the Northshore for the final @wsl events of the year. #triplecrownofsurfing starts November 12. #hawaiianpro #vansworldcupofsurfing #pipelinemasters Also the @quiksilver #eddieaikauinvitational Opening Ceremony is on Dec 3rd. Cannot wait to see what this season brings. #elninobegoodtous 3mon
  •   joeseegs #circusisintown alooooha! 3mon
  •   jenwilliamshawaii @peter_mel we will be there tomorrow for the girls bday come down in the afternoon 3mon
  •   wigtones Thanks Pete for hooking my boy up I owe you one 3mon
  •   modaddy1 Hope you get to GO!! That's a good bumper sticker,, 3mon
  •   phaids22 Great to see you in Lisbon earlier this year and then in hossegor! It has been a fantastic season! 3mon
  •   don_montgomery You do such an awesome job, so you deserve some R&R Pete!! Give a hug and kiss to Tara for me Mate! 3mon
  •   thalesmcamilo You got the life mate... enjoy! 3mon
  •   abelhamel2001 Relax 3mon

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peter_mel Here's a shot from the last time the #eddieaikau ran in Dec of 2009. #michaelho (taking the late drop on the left of the photo), #andyirons (in the middle styling out) and myself sharing a wave. This is what this event is all about. Sharing these moments with the best surfers in the world. Michael was the only one to make this wave. Andy and I got completely obliterated. We both were way too deep. Andy and I came up after the beating laughing our butts off. I'm forever grateful to have these memories with them. Thank you to @quiksilver and my peers for allowing me the opportunity. 3mon

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peter_mel @mrpottz celebrated his Birthday today. When I started surfing, Pottz was my hero. I'd never thought I'd get the chance to meet him. Surfing has given me that opportunity. I'm so grateful to call you my friend. Happy Birthday Martin Potter. You are an inspiration and I enjoy hanging and living life with you. 3mon

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peter_mel @johnmel_ turns 16 years old today. The years have flown by so quickly. It's been incredible watching John grown into a man. As a parent of a teenager, some of the greatest compliments come from friends that let you know your child is respectful, kind and considerate. I've been blessed to hear this and grateful for his health and well-being. Happy Birthday John. May today bring a huge smile to your face. Because that's what will bring a smile to mine. Photo: @surfingamerica 4mon

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peter_mel Well, that's a wrap for the @wsl @quiksilver and @roxy Pros. Congratulations to @tylerwright and @gabrielmedina Its always nice to come and visit #France Can't wait to return next year. Want to thank everyone who spread the word about my son @johnmel_ 's missing Hawaii @cisurfboards quiver. They're not back yet, but hopes are high for a return. Here's one for @kook_of_the_day #scarfandwetsuitcombo #QuikPro #RoxyPro 4mon
  •   dreadpiratedoyle Scarfs rule Pete 4mon
  •   green_room_studio I knew you were hiding something @peter_mel P.s. Scarfs are cool 4mon
  •   benny_big Haha, great shot. 4mon
  •   dollyland Thank you Pete and @wsl team you rock! Such a great family feel the wsl have created keeping the team the same. It was rad 🏼 4mon
  •   robdenzel Pete you rocked the scarf and your comments and insight were as always top level😀 can't wait for Portugal 4mon
  •   kook_of_the_day 😎 4mon
  •   nano_messera Aloha brother !!!! Don't know if U remember me , I'm one of the Skullbase safety team at Jaws I pick U up one big day here and we talk on the ski for a little bit , I have full respect about U for ever since U one of my heroes . Just want to say that everybody here on MAUI are talking about the Pe'ahi contest and they bumped about the safety team , we been here every swell for the past 6 years doing safety and we can't believe that we r not doing the event !!! Brother I know and everybody knows that U are the one to make the call !!! Please be respect for Skullbase safety team and try to resolve this safety situation , we train hard all year long , many of our friends are competing the contest and we want to take a good care anyway U da man aloha brother @peter_mel 4mon
  •   christinalafranco the scarf🏾 4mon

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peter_mel Please help find these @cisurfboards 6 of @johnmel_ surfboards were taken today in Oceanside during @isasurfing #worldjuniorchampionships Please help us find them. No questions asked if they're returned. Thank you all for keeping an eye out. They have John's name written on them. Also have the serial numbers. 4mon

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peter_mel @rosyhodge and @joeturpel on the @wsl #postshow Another big day finished up @quiksilver @roxy Pros. The surf and conditions were incredible. Tune into the heat analyzer if you missed anything. 4mon

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peter_mel It really started to clean up tonight here in the Southwest of France. The @quiksilver and @roxy Pro should start tomorrow. The @surfline forecast is calling for light winds. There's plenty of swell in the water. This is one of my favorite @wsl events. Hossegor dishes up such a variety of conditions. It is so fun to watch. Tune in to #dawnpatrol and find out when the fireworks fly! #quikpro #roxypro #itson 4mon

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peter_mel This season is shaping up to be a banner year. As I remember back to #elnino from yesteryear. Some of the most consistent swells helped push big wave riding to epic proportions. In 1997/98 #mavericks had 50+ rideable days that season. On January 28th 1998 I was on the beach for the #quiksilvereddieaikau call. It could not run because it was too big. #blackwednesday Confidence is high we could be seeing these kinds of conditions and consistency for this year. Here's a shot from the last #mavericksinvitational in 2014. @don_montgomery Don is a legend who's documented Mavs since my first session out there in 1991. Love you Don. I'm really hoping to ride some more of these soon!!! 4mon

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