Check Out – Matt Merel

Name: Matt Merel

Age: 15

Hometown: Oceanside, California

Sponsors: Byrne Surfboards, Hurley, Oakley, and OAM

Matty is one young ripper to be reckoned with. His humble demeanor leaves people wondering what he might evolve into. Whether it be in a contest, or just freeriding, Matt turns heads. He’s highly focused – he puts all his heart into every wave. Matt definitely has a good sense of what’s going on around him. He gives respect, and is in turn respected by his peers. He’s infuenced and coached by his friend and shaper, Michael Baron of Byrne Surfboards. They’re constantly training together. In Matt’s future, I see success from a lot of hard work in progress and the love he has for surfing. Matt’s part of the next generation rising out of Oceanside, and he’s lucky – he has a lot of good ol’ boys like Jason Bennett and my brother Jeremy looking out for him. – Justin Heit