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How Did 13-Year-Old Caden Francis Defeat World No. 5?

Here are his Innocent Thoughts.

// Jul 25, 2023
Words by Coral McDuffee
Reading Time: < 1 minute

Kids are candid. 

Whatever they make of the world is bottled up and shot off in all directions, like colored arrows from a Fourth Of July rocket— uninhibited by social norms.

Innocent Thoughts is a short interview that will make you love surfing again. Because through the pupils of a 13-year-old with the rail game of a full grown human, the universe is pretty grand.

Our pilot is Caden (Cado) Francis, an Australia/Cali blend, who has been air-revving off drywall at home since the age of five. Now, at thirteen, he might have more CT play-by-plays memorized than Stab’s resident surf nerds. Despite a Cranium-sized interruption, Cado answered our questions with the same eloquence Kelly Slater uses to sell his turtle cushion sandals.

In the interview, Cado pedestals his favorite surfers, roundhouses, floaters, prawns (not shrimp) and a horse-sized duck. We also learn of the peak moment in his 13-year-old career, where he beat a current CT surfer.

Drop your corpo juggernaut goggles and take five minutes to froth.

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