Santa Cruz native and local hero, Nat Young, 22, claimed the 2013 Rookie of the Year title. As the first Northern California surfer to qualify for the elite ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) since Adam Replogle in 1998, Young has made an international name for himself surfing the best waves in the world and making podium finishes. Here are some highlights from his rookie season.
“It feels awesome,” Young said. “It was a goal of mine since the start of the year. It’s what I worked all year for and it feels amazing when you achieve a goal you’ve been focused on. All my career so far has been small stepping stones so hopefully I can continue building and next year or the year after put myself up there in the Top 5.”
A Runner-Up finish at Bells Beach and an Equal 3rd in Bali mark the high water points for Young in his inaugural season and his performance in Portugal, currently into the Semifinals, edges out his Rookie of the Year competition Filipe Toledo (BRA), 18, and Sebastian Zietz (HAW), 25, for the remainder of 2013.
Watch Nat Young surf his way to a Runner-Up finish at Bells:
Footage provided by Rip Curl.
After a sterling amateur career, the lightning-fast goofy-footer claimed the 2009 ASP North America Pro Junior Title before assaulting the qualifying series, collecting standout results in Hawaii, Australia, South Africa and home in America before qualifying for this season’s elite tour.
Congratulations to Nat and we look forward to another great year in 2014.
The next and final stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) will be the Billabong Pipeline Masters from December 8 – 20, 2013.
NAT YOUNG 2013 ASP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR RESULTS:
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Equal 13th
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Runner-Up
Billabong Rio Pro: Equal 9th
Volcom Fiji Pro: Equal 9th
Oakley Pro Bali: Equal 3rd
Billabong Pro Tahiti: Equal 25th
Hurley Pro at Trestles: Equal 13th
Quiksilver Pro France: Equal 25th
Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Runner-Up
Billabong Pipeline Masters: TBD