Weight: 160 lbs.
From: Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
Sponsors: Hurley, Electric, Nixon, Etnies, Aussie Island Surf Shop, Barga surfboards
The mysterious young surfer named Zach Thompson came to our attention when Photo Editor Pete Taras happened to shoot photos of a random kid ripping at Oceanside Harbor.
He’s anonymous because he’s a quiet, very polite eighteen year old from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina-the same place that produced superstars Ben Bourgeois, Matt and Richie Gilligan, and Jesse Hines. He relocated to Carlsbad, California last July to surf contests and familiarize the surfing world with his untapped talent-hopefully this write-up will help. Normally it takes us months, if not years, to get a good shot of a youngster for a Check Out, but Zach just blew up in front of Pete’s camera, and we decided to reward him for it. As of now, we’re officially adding Zach to the list of North Carolina rippers and singing like Petey Pablo: “North Carolinaaaah, come on and raise up.”-AC