Professional waterman Jamie Mitchell hails from New South Wales, Australia, and now lives in Oahu, Hawaii, with his partner, Cassandra, and their young daughter. He is known as one of the world’s most elite ocean athletes.
He started paddling at age 5 and eventually worked as a lifeguard, competing in lifeguarding paddling races in Australia. He was backpacking around the world and in 2001 stopped in Hawaii to watch the prestigious Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships—one of the most grueling paddles races on the planet. He was intrigued—with the sport and the location—and entered the contest the following year and won. He continued to take first place in that race for 10 years in a row … and also made the move and became a resident of Hawaii.
Several years ago he decided to try big wave surfing and made headlines after tackling some well-known big waves like Nazaré in Portugal, Belharra in France, and Hawaii’s Jaws and Waimea Bay. He has been invited to some of the world’s elite big wave riding events, including the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational and the Titans of Mavericks paddle-in contest, and is currently part of the WSL Big Wave Tour.
Jamie’s list of achievements is long and varied. His sponsors include Quiksilver, Kaenon and KonaRed.