DOB: May 26, 1982
Born: Santa Barbara, California, USA
Resides: Santa Barbara, California, USA
Hobbies: Cross training through boxing or by playing handball
Height: 5’7″ (169 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Sponsors: O’Neill wetsuits and clothing, Swatch watches, Smith eyewear, Ocean+Earth accessories and DHD surfboards
Shaper: Darren Handley
Magic Stick: Coming soon
Training Ground: The Pit
Favorite Wave: Teahupoo, Pipeline and Rincon
Favorite Maneuver: Barrel
Inspirations: Kelly Slater
After four years of competition amongst the world’s finest surfing pedigree, the goofy-footed talent hailing from Santa Barbara, California continues to cement himself as a perennial Top 10 finisher on the ASP World Tour. Martinez’s lethal backhand attack groomed by Santa Barbara’s famed righthand pointbreaks, combined with his knack for threading the needle in critical barrels, proven by his victories at the Billabong Pro Teahupoo and the Billabong Pro Mundaka, both twice over, prove he has the ability to scalp an event win at any stop on tour. The Californian’s versatility in all conditions make him a dangerous competitor in any event on the ASP World Tour schedule.
Martinez’s claim to four event victories on the ASP World Tour over his four-year career amongst the ASP Top 45 have proven his worth alongside the world’s best and with maturity on his side entering his fifth year on tour, Martinez should have been a serious ASP World Title threat in 2010. With a relatively poor finish last year at #22 considering his promise we are looking for a much improved performance in 2010.