Name: Matt King
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, California
Sponsors: Billabong, Lost, Oakley, Osiris, Astrodeck, XM
Did you ever see the movie Rudy? It’s a movie about some guy who, despite his small stature, tries to make the football team at Notre Dame University. Rudy struggles against the odds to eventually get in on a couple plays and make everyone cry, including me. Matt King makes me cry, too. Matt’s a very good surfer who, despite making and winning finals, doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Matt, like Rudy, works his ass off, and his surfing has steadily improved because of it.
Although my predictions usually suck, I’d put money on Matt to succeed as a surfer. Why? Because Matt has the surfing equivalent of a Napoleon complex (short guys who try to be tough). Nothing has been handed to Matt; he’s had to work for it. As a result, Matt has a work ethic I think will make him a top surfer. One day in the near future, Matt will tackle an Australian opponent in an ASP final, and Matt’s dad and I will stand on the beach with tears in our eyes¿you go, Matt!¿Aaron Checkwood