Jesse Mendes


  • Name: Jesse Mendes
  • Date of Birth: 01/09/93
  • Hometown: Gauruja, Brazil

  • Positivity will take you places. Just ask Jesse Mendes - or you can simply look at his track record. The wiry Brazilian has nabbed some huge results in his career, including a win at the Billabong Pro Cascais Prime event in 2016. He's achieved success through reckless positivity, through a relentless amount of stoke. And he backs it up with fast and fluid surfing that’ll please any eye lucky enough to make contact with it. He's has been tapping on the CT's door for quite a while now. It’s only a matter of time before that door open up, Jesse strolls in and makes himself right at home.

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Radical Times In California, by the numbers that really count.

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Year surfing was first introduced to California by George Freeth.

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Percentage of daily caloric intake that you should consume via burritos

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Miles from Hollywood to the beach. Good luck with traffic, though.

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Hours to Big Bear Mountain from the beach. There are plenty of skateparks on the way, in case you’re going for the trifecta.

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Year skateboarding’s Z-Boys came into existence in Venice Beach.

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Amount of sponsorship stickers you’ll see at Lowers on a good day

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Average nightly price of a hotel.

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Average nightly price of your friend’s couch...

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Down time at home! @coleyamane

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The CT has a very intense, very demanding schedule and time between events should should be spent relaxing — rookie Zeke Lau didn’t get that memo.


Goes fishing once** @lauraenever

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There are only two times in Fiji. Contest time, and leisure time. Here’s Steph Gilmore with a quick look at the latter.


Waiting for the swell with @cody_young_ like.... @carlocoral

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Kanoa Igarashi. Cody Young. Firing Keramas. What more do you need?


Fun surf at the @wavegarden_official the other day! @guillaume_arrieta

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Believe the wave pool hype. Believe in Jeremy Flores’ rail game while you’re at it.



Koa Rothman is not in the upcoming WSL event in Fiji…but here’s a reminder that he probably should be.



See that face? That smile? Get used to it. We don’t want to jinx it, but we’d say there’s about a 300% chance Jesse Mendes will be on the CT next year.


A few before the @vans_za surf pro classic , which starts today /// @vanssurf /// @lee_man

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Can’t teach style — you either have it or you don’t. Luckily, Mikey Feb’s got plenty.


When most folks think of California, they think of crowds. They think of waves like Lowers, Rincon and Malibu being shoulder-to-shoulder with an amount of people so dense that it defies both logic and imagination. They think it’s impossible to escape this, so you might as well just grab a burrito and burn someone.


But, there is a trick to scoring empty waves in California. It’s called: the automobile.

If ever you want to escape the madness of CA’s premier spots, just find four wheels, point that compass north and hard-nose the highway. Central and Northern California are stacked with waves. And they ain’t stacked with crew trying to ride them.

Jesse Mendes, who is currently ranked 1st on the QS, recently proved this to be true. Watch him tear through empty Californian bliss, right here.




Last year, Jesse Mendes almost qualified for the CT. Last week, he almost won a major QS event in Newcastle. Today, he won the Australian Open of Surfing. How's that for upward toil?



"I knew I was going to have to surf my best," Jesse said, with his competition singlet bleeding drops

of water onto the podium. "So that's what I did."




Surfing his best meant laying it on rail. It meant going north of the lip every chance he got. It meant watching CT surfer Julian Wilson start the final with an 8.37 and a 9.33, then responding with two of the highest scores of the event. Victory didn't come to Jesse. Jesse came to victory.


And now, he leads the QS rankings. The Australian leg hasn't been so kind to Jesse in years past, so you better believe it feels good for him to leave with two huge results. You also better believe it's going to be this kid's year. Trust us. "Almost" is over.



Images courtesy of the WSL


It’s amazing when it all comes together. When a storm creates a wave that ripples across an entire ocean, finds its way to a foreign shore and is met by someone who is willing and able to ride it perfectly. The whole process is bizarre. And beautiful. And mostly insane. We couldn’t love it more.


Every wave is unique and, for lack of a better word, they all have personality. In Hawaii, a single one can make or break a career, humble you, hurt you, kill you or create a euphoric experience you’ll never forget. This season, we’re committed to showing you the wildest moments between man and wave meet. Our riders are going to give you raw and honest insight on what made the best (or most brutal) waves they’ve wrangled unique. We’re calling it #ThisWave and we’re inviting you to join us for the ride — follow us on Instagram to do just that.


We will keep this page updated with all the latest #thiswave posts, so keep an eye on it.






The benefits of taking on icy Chilean waters is an uncrowded lineup. Check out a suited and booted Jesse Mendes making the most of it.