Who’s Now/Who’s Next: Ten Surfers To Watch In 2011

Evan Thompson. Photo: Tupat

Evan Thompson. Photo: Tupat

The Quiet Threat: Evan Thompson

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Right Coast ripper. Photo: Tupat

Eighteen-year-old Evan Thompson grew up on the beaches of Jacksonville, Florida, and though he’s a quiet kid, his tail blasts, power carves, and quickly escalating air game do the majority of his talking.

A former USA Surf Team member, his recent NSSA East Coast title and second-place finish at Nationals in Open Men’s have been some loud statements. But his biggest accomplishment to date was this past October in Bali where he placed equal fifth at the Oakley World Pro Junior event, amongst the best juniors in the world.

“Evan definitely thrives on competing and wants to win. His surfing is powerful and loose,” says Asher Nolan. “He could work on his flow in between his turns, though. I think he has a good chance of figuring it out and making a run for it on the ’QS when he’s ready for it.”—Ryan Brower

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