The Hawaiian's best moment at the Puerto Escondido Challenge couldn't have come at a better time.
Peter Mel of USA during the WSL 2017 Puerto Escondido Challenge
Alex Botelho vs. Will Skudin vs. Makuakai Rothman vs. Peter Mel vs. Jimel Corzo vs. Coco Nogales
Peter Mel of the USA places fifth in heat 2 Round one of the 2017 WSL Puerto Escondido Challenge
Peter Mel ready to paddle out for the freesurfing session, Puerto Escondido Sunday July 30
Peter Mel heading out for a Morning freesurfing session, Puerto Escondido Saturday July 29
Morning freesurfing session, Puerto Escondido Saturday July 29
(left to right) Joe Turpel, Barton Lynch, Ronnie Blakey, Strider Wasilewski and Peter Mel form the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro commentary