Nat Young kicked off his debut year on the ASP's World Championship Tour in 2013 with a meeting with his namesake, legendary Australian surfer Nat Young, followed by a third-round matchup against his idol Mick Fanning at the Gold Coast Quiksilver Pro. It seemed unlikely at the time, but things would only get better for the young Californian as the season went on.
Moving on to the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Nat went all the way to the final where he lost narrowly to Adriano de Souza. He continued his amazing rookie year later in the season at the Oakley Pro Bali, when he was only denied a second final appearance by a rampaging Michel Bourez. He currently lies in tenth place overall, with three events of the season remaining.
Born on 17th June 1991 in Santa Cruz, Nat proved himself in the North American amateur ranks as well as the Pro Junior world. His breakout year came in 2008 when he took home the NSSA Open Men’s national final at Lower Trestles. He then went on to win the Rip Curl GromSearch National title, the ASP Cold Water Classic at his home break of Steamers Lane and the North American ASP Pro Junior season title.
Goofy-footer Nat has one of the most aggressive and well-rounded approaches in surfing today, and his ability to thread excellent barrels and ignite deadly backhand turns has made him a dangerous competitor during his highly promising debut year in the elite division.
- Age: 22
- Height: 1.80m
- Weight: 72kg
- Nationality: USA