Name: Matt Gilligan
Hometown: Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
Sponsors: Rip Curl, HIC, Dragon, Osiris, Surf City
The oldest of an up-and-coming surfing-brother combo, Matt Gilligan jumped into the scene in an impressive way by receiving fourth place in the NSSA Nationals Mens division at Lowers last summer in unreal surf. The mens division’s always filled with a host of experienced competitors in their late teens.
Matt’s a six-foot goofy-foot with the power and unpredictability to throw a few airs into the mix. With his younger brother Richard in the water, they continue to push each other to new levels. Growing up surfing with WCT Top 44 contender Ben Bourgeois is also an inspiration for Matt.
With a few travels under his bulge like the North Shore, Barbados, Panama, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas, Matt continues to gain more experience that’ll help him get closer to surf stardom. Keep an eye out for Matt in future Pro Junior events and the NSSA Nationals this year. For the second time, there’s another East Coast brother combo to look out for.-Sean Slater