Mateus Herdy in the Golden State

Whether it’s nature, nurture, or something in between, certain individuals are just better than others.

John John Florence, Kelly Slater, Carissa Moore, and Mateus Herdy all fit this mold.

The aforementioned Brazilian teenager is only getting better. Since his debut in SURFING’s 2015 Grom Games, Mateus has grown considerably both in stature and ability. In this video, we see a stronger, more aggressive Mateus obliterating flimsy Californian walls. His turns are big, his airs are huge (see the first wave in the clip), and his combos are nearing CT-status (see the last wave in the clip). If he continues at this rate of improvement, we’ll likely see him on tour in the next few years. And who’d be opposed to that?