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11 June 1976 |
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Weight||65.9 kg (145 lb)|
|Best year||Ranked 1st - 1998, 2004
2nd - 2000
3rd 2001 ASP World Tour Ranking
|Sponsors||Kookboxx.com sectornine.com vans.com matuse.com|
|Major achievements||2 times ASP Longboard World Champion
8 times US open Champion
5 times US Champion
|Quiver||9'4" Classic, DTNR, HPNR & 9'6" Papa Joe|
|Favorite waves||Black's Beach|
His father, Joe, who ignored the shortboard revolution himself and never abandoned his longboard, first put his Joel on a surfboard during a family trip to Puerto Vallarta. He was hooked instantly.
Professional Surf career
He started out in skateboarding and, while in his early teens, gained both recognition and sponsorship for this. He became a professional surfer at 14 and won his first professional ASP competition at age 15, making him the youngest competitor to win an ASP event.
Joel Tudor is also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu Black Belt under Carlson Gracie Black Belt and World Champion, Rodrigo Medeiros / BJJ Revolution Team. He has won numerous Brazilian jiu-jitsu titles such as the Pan Ams and US Nationals. He is also an ADCC veteran.
During 1999 - 2004 Tudor collaborated with photographer Michael Halsband to create Surf Book, a homage to the architects of contemporary surf culture. Tudor's text accompanied Halsband's photographs. The book was designed by Doug Lloyd and edited by Scott Hewlett. Additional text was written by C.R. Stecyk. Joel now has his own surfboard manufacturing company called kookboxx, as well as selling wetsuits in Japan.
Joel Tudor is featured in the art film "Surf Movie: reels 1- 14" shot in 8mm by Michael Halsband, as well as The Seedling, Sprout, and "The Present" surfing films all shot in 16mm film by Thomas Campbell. Tudor also features in a large number of other surf films including Longer, One California Day and Riding Waves.