Stab Magazine | Watch: The Very Best Of Young Gun, Kade Matson

Watch: The Very Best Of Young Gun, Kade Matson

Californian power comes to Indonesia.

Words by stab

Surfing will progress, it’s inevitable. Fast forward twenty years, or even ten, pro surfing will be unrecognisable. Majority of the top 34 will have slipped into the shade (excluding Kelly perhaps), their fire smothered by the vibrant groms and rookies of today. The webcast will feature a fresh set of faces. A bright new cast of stars to dazzle, entertain and create their own forms of controversy. Just who’ll be calling out the “tennis tour”, swearing at judges or stomping the first double twist in a jersey is yet to be seen, though together with Quiksilver, we’ve been working to find out. Welcome back to Young Guns, you’ve tuned in just in time for the main event.

Before the final eight go toe to toe for the title, we thought you’d like to get to know them a little better. So, here’s a punchy reel and a string of questions to break the ice.

Just when you think going left isn’t part of Kade Matson’s game, 1:22 happens! The Californian is one of the younger guns heading into the finals, at 14. His forehand wind up is exceptional, taking the nose to 12 o’clock in successive attacks on one Mexican beach break. Yes, Kade’s a power surfer (how refreshing!), and witnessing him unravel on a clean Indonesian canvas is guaranteed to thrill. Hit play above you’ll see how he earned his place alongside his older rivals.

“I shot most of my clip in Mexico,” Kade tells Stab. “The rest was from around home and in France. “My favorite session was at a wave called the ranch, we got it with only us out, scoring perfect waves.”

Last place you surfed? A wave called lost winds right out front of my house.

Last move you pulled? Last big move I pulled was an air reverse

Last board you rode? A magic 6’0″ Driver by Mayhem.

Last claim you pulled? I don’t really like to claim (laughs).

Last song you listened to? Sideline Watching by Lil Uzi Vert.

Last film you watched? Done by John John.

Last book you read? I don’t think I can remember that long ago (laughs).

Last google search? The WSL website to look at my heat for the US Open.

Last person you stalked on Instagram? Butt Snorkeler! (laughs).

Last person you pranked? I threw water balloons at random people of a cliff near my house.

Last text message you sent? Asking my parents to pick me up from Lowers.

Last meal your parents cooked you? Pasta.

Last surfer that got you pumped? Mason Ho.

With the Indonesian final merely days away, keep it dialled for updates.


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

Dissecting the Heat (and Wave) that Blew Out John’s Knee

"It felt like he held back a little bit on that one" - Ronnie Blakey

May 7, 2021

Here’s How The Greatest Surfer Of All Time Can Become An Olympian This Year

Head Coach of the USA Olympic Surf Team, Brett Simpson, breaks it down.

May 7, 2021

John Florence Is on His Way Home from West Oz with an Injured Knee

What does this mean for the World Title Race? And the Olympics?

May 7, 2021

A 19-Year-Old Kiwi We’re Adding To The List

Caleb Cutmore joins catalog of talented underground surfers.

May 7, 2021

An Idea That Could Improve The Waves—And The Crowd Situation—At Malibu

Why aren't we working with nature to design better waves?

May 7, 2021

The 2021 Stab Rich List, Part 2

Wanna know how much a world champ gets paid?

May 7, 2021

Now… This: Challenging Dylan Graves To A Fist Fight

The weird wave enthusiast answers with a yellow belt in taekwando.

May 6, 2021

Surprise, The Comp Is On!

Gabby melts and Steph hits top form as the draw whittles down to the final…

May 6, 2021

The 2021 Stab Rich List, Part 1

Welcome to the most wild year of pro surfing contracts on record.

May 6, 2021

‘Wilson’s Foam and Rubber’ Documents Chippa’s Saline/Petroleum Love Affair

Shot entirely on GoPro HERO9 Black.

May 5, 2021

Dylan Graves’ Weird Waves Shines A Light On The World Of Night Surfing

Season 3, here we go.

May 5, 2021

What Are The Most Stylish Boardshorts of 2021?

Have your say, here.

May 5, 2021

Introducing John John’s Pick for the World’s Best Junior

Luke Swanson is not a soccer player.

May 4, 2021

Can Anyone Stop Carissa?

Maybe, probably not. Highlights Day 3 at Margaret River.

May 4, 2021


Cognitive Awareness During A Strong Pulse In Brazil

Yago Dora, Miguel Pupo, and more star in 'Symbolic Amplification'.

May 4, 2021

The Australian Government Is Now Funding Surf Trips

Inside the program designed to return the nation to its former competitive glory.

May 3, 2021

Margaret River Main Break Re-asserts itself as a Valid CT Stop

"These are the kinds of days we live for." - Jeremy Flores

May 3, 2021

Click Or Miss: I Hate All Vlogs Equally

Zack gets the day off, whiny junior editor gets a new assignment.

May 3, 2021