A young surfer from Maui who quickly became a phenom in the surf world for winning Taylor Steele's $100,000 Innersection video contest in February 2011. Matt is known for his creative moves that appear so effortless, he looks like he is one with the water.
Nick Names: Splat, Meat Holda, Hippie, the list goes on...
Home Town: Haiku and Kuau Maui
Goofy, Regular or neither: Goofy
Memorable Moment: Just now might be the $100,000 check from taking home the Innersection glory in early March 2011. Or it could still be a few years ago a friend and Matt Meola were surfing a secret sandbar in Maui. A thick crazy 4 foot double up right came in and Meola ate sh$t on the drop. "Within 2 seconds of being under my surf shorts and long sleeve wet suit top were violently ripped of. When I popped up I jumped on my board and paddled butt @ss naked out of the impact zone as fast as I could. I have never seen anybody laugh as hard as my friend did when he saw me, with my shorts caught on my leash. I paddled back to the inside to find my wet suit top floating in the white wash."
Future Goals: Get a sick video part, and to go an a boat trip to Indo with all my friends. We'd say the first goal was not only achieved, but complete home run with the $100,000 Innersection video win. Congrats to you Matt!
Heaviest bodily Trauma: when I was two I broke my leg trying to hang on a pull up bar.
Greatest Professional Achievement: 2007 State champion Jr men, and airshow. Hillbilly huck of the contest 2009 VQS champs. 10 point ride in an ASP event. Tow surfing Jaws.
Influences: Slater, AI, and all my friends.
Favorite Kaenon Style: Trade, Sequence, Burnet