Jay has a big personality and despite only entering the water five to six times prior to joining the One More Wave family, his hard work as a surfer has become a centerpiece for his daily life. Jay was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and moved to Miami, Florida, when he was just ten years old. After high school graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2007. His first three years in the Marines were uneventful working administrative jobs, but after successfully completing EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) school in 2010, he prepared for his first combat deployment. As an EOD technician, Jay deployed in 2012 to the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, with 1st Marine Division, 7th ESB, 1st EOD Company, Bravo platoon.
One More Wave team rider No, 186 talks surf therapy. Video edited and produced by Aidan Demolli.
Joe has a passion for the water and enjoyed water polo, surfing, and swimming during his childhood growing up in Modesto, a city located in the Central Valley of California. When he became old enough to enlist in the military the Marines initially turned him down. “The Marines said I was too stupid to join their branch,” Joe laughed. “It’s a fun tidbit especially where I ended up in my military service.” He enlisted in the Navy in 2004 as a Hospital Corpsman. “We joke ‘Medics’ are an Army job because they are very specific specialties, but as corpsman, we cover ten different jobs.”