SAN CLEMENTE, California/USA (Monday, May 23, 2011) - Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 22, is into his second season as a member of the ASP Top 34 and the perm-sporting, roller-blade wearing man from Copacabana has been making major in-roads with his speedy style and endless bag of tricks. Surfing Magazine recently caught up with the current ASP World No. 14 to talk about life on tour. This…is their story…
I go out for a freesurf in the morning before a comp and think, “How the f@ck am I going to beat any one of these guys?” They’re all so fucking good.
You’re never going to go out in a ‘CT and catch the worst waves but out-surf someone. Everyone’s so good that you need to be smart and be on the best waves.
I think the judges now and the changes to the criteria at the end of last year have changed the mentality. They’ve given themselves the freedom to give scores for doing new maneuvers and cool stuff. It’s definitely fun to watch, like that heat with Dane in Puerto Rico last year. He got like a 9.9 for one turn. So good to see it. Back in the day, even if you did that same turn, it would be a 5.5 or something.
On your forehand it’s easier to get scores. If you got nothing, you can just go and…
For the full interview, check out SURFING MAGAZINE
For more on Matt Wilkinson, check out his ASP WORLD TOUR PROFILE