HOMETOWN: San Juan, Puerto Rico
For the last decade, Alejandro Moreda has been at the heart of Puerto Rican surfing. Considered one of the island's best surfers, Moreda has never strayed too far from his beautiful island home. For 10 years, he has fostered the next generation of talent with his Los Gallitos de Ale grommet event and runs a surf school to share his talent, experience and lust for life. When Hurricane Maria hit in 2017, Moreda shelved all his ventures and went to work, taking a job with FEMA as a generator mechanic to help restore electricity to water pumps, schools and hospitals all over the island. It was a job that required 12-hour days, seven days a week, for 10 months straight. He had just 18 days off and worked 304 shifts. For the ever-smiling, ever-moving Moreda, it was just a way of giving back to the place he loves. With his partner, Mia Blakeman Gomez—one of Puerto Rico's top models, he has carved a life that balances eternal surf stoke, a sense of community and successful business life. Make no mistake though, this is a serious surfer with serious talent. He might be smiling, but this is a man that is used to winning at life.