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Kade Matson of San Clemente brought home a win in Boys U14 and a second-place finish in Boys U16 at Surfing America Prime event No. 2 Oct. 3 at Church Beach. He then went on to win the Boys 15U division at Seafest the next day. Photo: Jack McDaniel
Kade Matson of San Clemente brought home a win in Boys U14 and a second-place finish in Boys U16 at Surfing America Prime event No. 2 Oct. 3 at Church Beach. He then went on to win the Boys 15U division at Seafest the next day. Photo: Jack McDaniel

By Andrea Swayne

Kade Matson, 13, of San Clemente, had a winning weekend, Oct. 3 and 4, making three podium appearances at two events.

At Surfing America Prime event No. 2 on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Church Beach, surfing up a division in Boys U16, he claimed the runner-up spot behind Tyler Gunter of Newport Beach. Both surfers’ first waves were nearly matched, Gunter with a 7.17 and Kade with a 7.10. In the end Kade’s back-up wave came in just 1.48 points short of what he needed for the win.

In Boys U14, Kade was chasing fellow San Clementean, Taj Lindblad, for most of the heat and with grit and determination, managed to turn in a 7.27 score in the heat’s final moments for the win.

Then on Sunday, Kade took top honors at the Seafest Surf Contest at the San Clemente Pier in the Boys 15U division.

Kade’s talent in the lineup is really matching up with the time and effort he has been putting into his surfing, making him one of the tri-city’s best shining young surf stars to be.

Congratulations Kade, on a job well done.

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