The Z-TEAM is an inspiring group of individuals who excel in their field and represent our core values of being engaging, energizing and genuine. Whether surfing huge waves, teaching a Vinyasa Yoga class or finding balance while raising the next generation, they promote a positive, healthy lifestyle and inspire others with all they do.
Hailing from a long lineage of professional Volleyball athletes from Brazil, Melissa Fuchs Powell has a single goal: compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Winning a Utah High School State Championship as MVP and competing at various D1 Colleges has landed her in 3-time Gold Medal Olympian Kerry Walsh Jennings’ professional league p1440. Whether she’s traveling the world representing Team USA on the 2019 World Tour, training hard on a sandy beach, or studying to complete her Master’s in Education, Melissa brings an inspiring blend of passion, fun and focus that leaves no doubt that she’ll achieve her goal. Tokyo, here she comes!
Wondering what the next generation Big Wave surfer will look like? Look no further than 17 year old Luca Padua from Half Moon Bay, CA. At 13, he became the youngest surfer to paddle in to the legendary surf break, Mavericks. Today, Luca is recognized globally as one of the top up-and-coming big wave surfers, and has been officially invited as an alternate to the World Surf League 2018 Mavericks Challenge.
One of the up & coming female faces to hit the DJ scene in the US, Brandi lives in Los Angeles, and rocks crowds at gigs across the US. Her musical style creates a vibe that merges Dancehall, Reggae, Hip Hop, Funk, Soul and R&B to form a music style that is all her own. When she’s not spinning the wheels of steel, she can be found leading her signature R&B / Hip Hop-inspired spin class at Pedal locations across the greater Los Angeles area. No matter the venue, no matter the activity – Brandi lives inspired and inspires everyone she encounters.
Clint is a not just a big wave surfer. He’s a professional triathlete, single figure handicap golfer, motor sports enthusiast, and nutrition expert. Clint is globally recognized as one of the biggest chargers in the world. He lives and trains in Southern California where he prepares for his next race on the pro circuit and the Big Wave World Tour – where he plans to push his fitness to new extremes in the heavy water arena. This year alone, he’s tackled the outer reefs of WA, Jaws, and Mavericks, making his intentions clear. And it’s no surprise from a guy who’s scored more magazine covers than any big wave rider his peer.
We are epic surf & skate events for wheelchair athletes. Founded by world champion quadriplegic surfer Jesse Billauer, Life Rolls On is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury. Believing that adaptive surfing and skating could inspire infinite possibilities beyond paralysis, Life Rolls On began as a splash into the unknown on September 11, 2001; and now touches the lives of hundreds of thousands. Learn more at: www.liferollson.org or @liferollsonfoundation.
The mission of Save The Waves is to protect and preserve the coastal environment with a focus on the surf zone. They envision a world where waves and coastlines are cherished and protected, and surfing provides a proactive vehicle for long-tem coastal conservation. Learn more at: www.savethewaves.org or @savethewavescoalition.
Cowboy Fishing Co is a combination of the COWBOY CODE and passion for the ocean and fishing. The code is a moral compass and way of life that guides daily business. It represents a time when a handshake was enough to seal a deal, and right and wrong were as clear as black and white. The Cowboy Fishing Co. mission is to provide a positive fishing, crabbing, and ocean experience to everyone who visits Half Moon Bay. Cowboy Fishing Co. strives to support, protect and educate the community about the local fishery and sustainability practices. They fish responsibly to minimize their impact on the ocean, and a portion of merchandise sales from their website are donated to support ocean conservation efforts. Learn more at: www.cowboyfishing.com.