Mercedes Maidana

Surf Ambassador


Buenos Aires, Argentina


O’ahu, Hawaii

Patagonia Surf Ambassador Mercedes Maidana
A city girl from Buenos Aires, Mercedes surfed for the first time on a trip to Brazil. Soon after, she skipped the city to be closer to the waves. Settling on the North Shore of O’ahu, she fell in love with the art of big wave surfing. Today, she’s a well-respected female charger. “The ocean,” Mercedes says, “gives me so much joy.”

Career Highlights

  • 2009, 2010 and 2011 nominations for Billabong XXL Girl's Performance Award
  • First woman to surf El Buey, Chile
  • Third place in Women's Big Wave Exhibition, Nelscott Reef, 2010