|- Mike Clements
started surfing at the age of 12. He began competing at the age of 16, and won his
first contest 1 month later.
1985 he traveled around the globe, surfing places like north shore Hawaii, Kuta Reef Bali,
Tahiti, Viti Levu and Tavarua Island in Fiji .
He landed in Australia, where he met
a girl, dropped out of the Pro/Am Circuit, and stayed for several months, surfing
and learning to shape surfboards from the famous Byrne Bros.
Upon returning to California, he
began a very profitable career shaping MC Surfboards, sponsering the Wilson High School
Surf Team, and organizing Surf Competitions.
He suffered a horrific automobile
accident in 1987 which stuck him in a wheelchair for several months, and put an end to his
dreams of professional surfing, but he maintained his desire, and soon, after a few spinal
operations and years of physical therapy,, was again able to paddle out and shred the
local OC waves he grew up on.