Surfer Spotlight: Gettin’ level with Mikey Revel

Date Published: 
January 10, 2014

There’s a new crop of young surfing talent in Sussex County, and Bethany Beach’s Mike Revel is one of the young guns leading the charge.

Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: (Right to left sequence): Bethany Beach's Mike Revel battles the elements last Monday, Jan. 6, and scores one of the waves of the day at one of Delaware's most hazardous breaks.Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: (Right to left sequence): Bethany Beach's Mike Revel battles the elements last Monday, Jan. 6, and scores one of the waves of the day at one of Delaware's most hazardous breaks.

Following in the footsteps of his older brother Quin and his father, Gary — who helped pioneer the now-infamous Delaware breaks in the ’70s and was featured in the 2004 surf documentary “Waves of Reflection” — Revel grew up with surfing inherently in his blood.

“I’ve been in the water for as long as I can remember,” he said. “Both my parents seemed to make it a point to always have us at the beach. I can remember back to being really small and having my dad push me into little runners at Northside.”

But it wasn’t long before Revel went from being pushed into waves to pushing the limits of what he could do on them.

“It wasn’t until I got to my early teens that I really got into just surfing,” Revel recalled. “My older brother Quin is to thank for that, taking time out of his day to pick me up from school and take me to the best spot.”

When his brother moved out to San Diego, Mike Revel went out to visit him for a two-month trip, surfing spots including Blacks and local reef breaks every chance he got. Revel highlighted the experience as his favorite surf trip to date, above other trips, to Puerto Rico and Mexico.

This week, Revel is on the road for the Surf Expo in Orlando, Fla., which — despite the distant locale — will feature a wide variety of local shops and vendors from the Sussex County area.

“It kind of just happened, really,” Revel described of how he ended up getting involved with the expo. “A very good friend of mine, Caitlyn Parrott, was able to hook me and another one of my buddies up with passes she received for her new store, Beau Monde, in The Village of Fenwick. I’m very thankful for the hookup. My goal is to one day work for a surf company, and this seems like a great start.”

When he returns to Delaware, Revel will be back in the water, working on all aspects of his surfing.

“I’ve been focusing on getting better at my air game. But, in reality, I just want to improve at everything.”

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Mike Revel shoots some serious spray with a backside hack last Saturday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Mike Revel shoots some serious spray with a backside hack last Saturday.With a knack for stalling out for deep barrels and making it back out to tell the tale — in addition to the American flag on the bottom of his current favorite board (his 6-foot, 19-by-2.25-inch Channel Islands Proton step up) — Revel is usually pretty easy to spot out in the water. He’s also well known for pulling multiple maneuvers on heavy waves, his hard turns and making 360s look effortless.

“I can’t really compare my style to anyone, ’cause everyone has their own,” Revel stated when asked which pro surfer he thought he most resembled. “I like to take aspects of all surfers and blend it into my own.”

When he’s not in the water, Revel can probably be found either skating or working to save up for potential surf trips next fall.

“I really just want to see the world,” he explained of his future plans. “I’m really into going to Europe in the fall next year and contemplating making the pilgrimage to the North Shore next winter. I hope to one day surf Pipe and Backdoor, like my older brother. And ever since I saw Bruce Irons surf [Lances Right in Indonesia], in Volcom’s ‘Magna Plasm,’ it’s been a dream of mine to surf that wave.”