A veteran like backhand blast from the tour’s newby.

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Name: Nat Young

AKA: Nat

DOB: June 17, 1991

Resides: Santa Cruz, California

Stance: Goofy

Ah finally some real deal, new talent for 2013. Overcoming the irritation of sharing one of the most famous names in surfing, Young’s rise has been excitingly steady as year by year he has fulfilled all his potential and matched all the hype. With a smooth style, shock of blonde hair, electric airs and a grooming in Santa Cruz’s cold water power, he has all he needs to shake up the World Tour. His backhand is his strongest weapon, and his Hawaiian performances have turned heads. Oh, importantly, his teeth have been fixed.

Words by Ben Mondy.