Aussie Matt ‘Wilko’ Wilkinson battled through an impressive rookie year on the 2010 ASP World Tour, surviving the cut from 45 to 34 and solidifying his position alongside the elite for 2011 via his ASP World Ranking. The highlight of his season was a massive win at the ASP PRIME O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Santa Cruz, California, defeating Tonino Benson in tricky two-to-four foot conditions in the final. In 2012, he picked up another huge victory, the ASP PRIME Quiksilver Saquarema Prime at Rio de Janeiro, scoring an outstanding 18.43 for the event’s highest heat wave total to defeat Kai Otton in an all-Australian final. Previously, in his semi-final victory over Keanu Asing, three out of five judges had given him a 10-point ride, averaging out to a 9.83, for the highest single wave score of the entire event. Wilko was born on 29th September 1988, and grew up in the New South Wales beachside suburb of Copacabana. He was entertaining his fellow surfers with his trademark unpredictable nature even before winning his first tour event, the 2006 1-Star Central Coast Pro, and he has kept up the antics ever since. On the board, he is a goofy-footer, whose ability to combine timeless carves with the most innovative aerial manoeuvres has established him as one of the leading forces in the progressive surfing movement. He is also touted by many as having one of the best backhands in the business.
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