Born June 11th, 1976 San Diego
His father, Joe, who ignored the shortboard revolution himself and never abandoned his longboard, first put his Joel on a surfboard during a family trip to Puerto Vallarta. He was hooked instantly.
Professional Surf career
He started out in skateboarding and, while in his early teens, gained both recognition and sponsorship for this. He became a professional surfer at 14 and won his first professional ASP competition at age 15, making him the youngest competitor to win an ASP event.
He rode a longboard, and in 1998 he won the longboard world championshipsin the Canary Islands. He won the U.S. Open of longboarding 8 times, and won the ASP Longboard World Championship in 2004.
Joel Tudor is also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu Black Belt under Carlson Gracie Black Belt and World Champion, Rodrigo Medeiros / BJJ Revolution Team. He has won numerous Brazilian jiu-jitsu titles such as the Pan Ams and US Nationals. He is also an ADCC veteran.
During 1999 - 2004 Tudor collaborated with photographer Michael Halsband to create Surf Book, a homage to the architects of contemporary surf culture. Tudor's text accompanied Halsband's photographs. The book was designed by Doug Lloyd and edited by Scott Hewlett. Additional text was written by C.R. Stecyk. Joel now has his own surfboard manufacturing company called kookboxx, as well as selling wetsuits in Japan.