Indisputably, the world’s greatest ocean paddler. One of the world’s elite ocean athletes World Champion ocean paddler, big wave rider, international swell chaser, all-round waterman – no one label adequately describes Jamie Mitchell and that’s just how he likes it. Basing himself in the picture perfect surf of Australia’s Gold Coast Jamie has forged a deserved reputation as one of the world’s elite ocean athletes.
At the top of Jamie’s list of achievements proudly sits his ten consecutive Molokai to Oahu Ocean paddling championships. Raced over 32 grueling miles in the postcard perfect waters of Hawaii competitors are pushed to their physical and mental limits and beyond by surging swells, scorching sun, wind and some of the strongest currents on the planet. To simply finish this event is in itself an achievement. To dominate as Jamie has is incredible. Since 2002, Jamie has won virtually every major paddleboard race he has entered.
A fearless Big Wave surfer Jamie has also been honored by invitations to some of the world’s elite big wave riding events including the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, Tow-in World Cup and the Mavericks Paddle-in contest. In 2007 Jamie was nominated in Billabong’s XXL Big Wave Awards, for a huge wave ridden at Todos Santos, Mexico.
Never one to limit his opportunities to experience everything the ocean has to offer Jamie has adapted to almost every form of wave-riding craft from Tow-in to Standup Paddleboards, Foilboards, Canoe surfing, and shortboards. A qualified and experienced lifeguard. Mitchell’s exploits have also earned him membership of the informal, but esteemed 30/20 Club, of elite watermen who have paddled 30 miles or more through open ocean, and ridden 20 foot waves by the traditional paddle-in method.
To nobodies surprise Jamie began stand up paddling a few years ago and quickly rose to the top of the SUP racing scene by winning the 2009 Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle. Since then Jamie is a force to be reckoned with in any race he enters. In addition to racing, Jamie has teamed up with Surftech founder and primary shaper, Randy French to design a high-performance stand up paddleboard designed to tackle just about any wave that the ocean throws at him. Jamie has traveled to remote locations all over the globe including Bali, the Solomon Islands and the Maldives testing his boards and giving Randy feedback.
(from ABCNews Australia: Interview and TV spot on his new feature length film Decade of Dominance.)
A relentless adventurer, Jamie continues to chase big waves and uncover new surf spots around the world, equipped and ready to do what it takes to meet the next epic swell face on. Having dominated ocean paddling races throughout the world for the best part of a decade, Jamie has earned a unique, international standing as an elite ocean athlete. World surfing champions like Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning, Ironmen like Trevor Hendy, and Hawaiian surfing greats like Brian Keaulana are united in their respect and admiration for Mitchell’s skills and achievements.