Young American: 10-year-old Kade Matson

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No matter how good or bad Lowers is, there's always the same crew out there surfing. Kade Matson usually shows up with Noah Hohenester for the second shift later in the morning, paddling out to surf the left first, then mixing it up with the crowd and pretty much tearing apart the inside sections!

What's super impressive about Kade is that he’s only 10 years old! Yup! Ten and already throwing the tail around and busting airs! But he's more than just another ripping grom at Lowers. He has a competitive resume to back it all up. Kade’s been having quite the competitive year, finishing as the Division Champ for NSSA Explorer and Open Mini Groms with eight out of 10 wins and was even the NSSA Surfer of the month!

Interview and portrait by Kurt Steinmetz

Age: 10
Local Spot: Lowers
Sponsors: Quiksilver, Cobian, Hoven, Waxy Wax, Grom Bomb, Solspot, Tuttle Surfboards

Ghetto Juice Magazine: Describe your perfect day of surfing…..

Kade Matson: Start off with Bagel Shacks lowers on a chocolate chip bagel. Then head to lowers for an all day shred sesh with my friends. Grab some Cafe Del Sol and head to T-Street for a night sesh and end with some La Rocco's Pizza!

GJ: You’re a lucky kid with a huge future… What does it mean being a grom, growing up and surfing in a historical surf town like San Clemente?

KM: Every day I get to surf awesome waves with my friends!

GJ: Who are the groms you normally hang with?

KM: Noah Hoenester, Zach McCormick, Crosby Colapinto, Ryan Martin, Dylan Hord, Dagan Stagg, Keanu Igarashi, Jack Colby, Erik Weissinger and more!

GJ: If you were a super hero, what would your name be and what would your special powers be?

KM: Super Aerial Man… able to launch epic airs and create perfect surf with a snap!

GJ: As with most of you stoked San Clemente groms you seem to spend a lot of time at Lowers. When the pros are in town, who's your favorite to watch there?

KM: Gabriel Medina because he shreds the gnar and boosts sick airs!

GJ: You had an undefeated season in the NSSA Explorer Super Grom Division, pretty impressive! What are your competitive goals for next year?
KM: To dominate and win a National title!


Check out this video of Kade from last summer…. this summer's clips are sure to be even more nuts.

GJ: What are your plans this summer and beyond?

KM: A trip to Nicaragua, maybe, and some time down at Las Gaviotas, and hopefully lots of Lowers sessions and maybe even the North Shore this winter!

GJ: We heard your Hawaii trip this past season was cut short because you broke your collar bone. Pretty gnarly! How'd that happen?

KM: After hurting it in a trampoline incident I was swinging off a vine and snapped it!

GJ: Gnarly. So who are some of the people who have influenced you in your surfing?
KM: Kelly Slater and Gabriel Medina are great role models to look up to. In my own life, my mom and dad have been very supportive.

GJ: You have a younger brother who is 8 and already competing, what kind of advice do you give him?

KM: Surf well and catch big sets and do big turns!


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No matter how good or bad Lowers is, there's always the same crew out there surfing. Kade Matson usually shows up with Noah Hohenester for the second shift later in the morning, paddling out to surf the left first, then mixing it up with the crowd and pretty much tearing apart the inside sections!

What's super impressive about Kade is that he’s only 10 years old! Yup! Ten and already throwing the tail around and busting airs! But he's more than just another ripping grom at Lowers. He has a competitive resume to back it all up. Kade’s been having quite the competitive year, finishing as the Division Champ for NSSA Explorer and Open Mini Groms with eight out of 10 wins and was even the NSSA Surfer of the month!

Interview and portrait by Kurt Steinmetz

Age: 10
Local Spot: Lowers
Sponsors: Quiksilver, Cobian, Hoven, Waxy Wax, Grom Bomb, Solspot, Tuttle Surfboards

Ghetto Juice Magazine: Describe your perfect day of surfing…..

Kade Matson: Start off with Bagel Shacks lowers on a chocolate chip bagel. Then head to lowers for an all day shred sesh with my friends. Grab some Cafe Del Sol and head to T-Street for a night sesh and end with some La Rocco's Pizza!

GJ: You’re a lucky kid with a huge future… What does it mean being a grom, growing up and surfing in a historical surf town like San Clemente?

KM: Every day I get to surf awesome waves with my friends!

GJ: Who are the groms you normally hang with?

KM: Noah Hoenester, Zach McCormick, Crosby Colapinto, Ryan Martin, Dylan Hord, Dagan Stagg, Keanu Igarashi, Jack Colby, Erik Weissinger and more!

GJ: If you were a super hero, what would your name be and what would your special powers be?

KM: Super Aerial Man… able to launch epic airs and create perfect surf with a snap!

GJ: As with most of you stoked San Clemente groms you seem to spend a lot of time at Lowers. When the pros are in town, who's your favorite to watch there?

KM: Gabriel Medina because he shreds the gnar and boosts sick airs!

GJ: You had an undefeated season in the NSSA Explorer Super Grom Division, pretty impressive! What are your competitive goals for next year?
KM: To dominate and win a National title!


Check out this video of Kade from last summer…. this summer's clips are sure to be even more nuts.

GJ: What are your plans this summer and beyond?

KM: A trip to Nicaragua, maybe, and some time down at Las Gaviotas, and hopefully lots of Lowers sessions and maybe even the North Shore this winter!

GJ: We heard your Hawaii trip this past season was cut short because you broke your collar bone. Pretty gnarly! How'd that happen?

KM: After hurting it in a trampoline incident I was swinging off a vine and snapped it!

GJ: Gnarly. So who are some of the people who have influenced you in your surfing?
KM: Kelly Slater and Gabriel Medina are great role models to look up to. In my own life, my mom and dad have been very supportive.

GJ: You have a younger brother who is 8 and already competing, what kind of advice do you give him?

KM: Surf well and catch big sets and do big turns!

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