Soundings: Season 3 Episode 1

Joel Tudor

On winning a world title at 45, Pipeline, his greatest mentors, the importance of style, and turning pro at the age of fourteen.

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For loggers, jiu-jitsu practitioners, and the international surfing community at large, the name Tudor rings loudly. The youngest surfer to ever win an ASP event, Joel Tudor has gone on to win world titles in 1998, 2004, and 2021. His foray into jiu-jitsu began during a hiatus from competitive surfing after the birth of his son, Tosh. He quickly progressed in the sport with a characteristically nimble athleticism and began winning competitions world-wide. A father, surfer, and fighter, the San Diego native sits down with Jamie Brisick to talk about the nature of performance in competitive surfing and jiu-jitsu alike, why he first gravitated toward logs instead of thrusters, making a name for himself in Hawaii, and his new surfboard factory.

Produced by Jonathan Shifflett.
Music by Paz Lenchantin.

Feature image by Grant Ellis.