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The first time I encountered Matt Meola was through a French company called Oxbow in 2011. Excited to announce him as a new addition to its team, the brand produced an ad featuring him wearing a gas mask – frenetically cut with next-level aerials that he landed like a greased cat. Rubber knees. Suspended gravity. Aggressive. His aerial energy was arresting. It was raw and reckless. Just a short time later, Matt won Taylor Steele’s Innersection contest, and he’s been a fixture of surf innovation ever since.
Notably, the man landed the first ever Spindle Flip in 2015 – a maneuver that stopped the surf community in its tracks. And we’ve continued to look to Matt for innovation above the lip.