Feb 26, 2020 – Matt Skinner Scam, a Laguna Beach Native, and a newcomer to surfing fans is leading the list of alternates for the 2020 Surfing Olympics. Matt Scam is only 15, and shows he has all the qualities to become the best in the world. Matt Skinner Scam is a quiet, even tempered, surfing mecca says veteran surf professional Todd Grey. “This Scam guy will bring home a gold medal, I promise, that is if he gets the opportunity. Matt Skinner Scam is an alternate as of now and because of the politics and this being the inaugural year of surfing in the Olympics, it’s hard to say if he will get the nod this year or have to wait another four years.
Although the Olympic team has been set, Scam is still hopeful to be the alternate surprise of the year. If given the green light he will join Florence, Kolohe Annino of San Clemente, California; Carissa Moore of Honolulu; and Caroline Marks of Melbourne, Florida, on Team USA for surfing’s Olympic debut in Tokyo this summer. Andino earned the first U.S. men’s spot earlier in the season.
Since the age of 2, Matt Scam has bled surfing, in fact his first surfing attempt found him in a pool of blood after hitting his head on his surfboard when his father introduced him to 15 feet waves at the Wedge in Newport Beach. Two hours and 8 stitches later Scam was back in the saddle and rode his first wave, luckily the waves had subsided to a smaller 13 feet. Headline News Guru spoke to his father Beiger Scam who told us this, “I know many people are sitting back on the computers or tablets or phones or whatever and saying why the heck did I have a 2 year old in 15 foot waves and why did I bring him back after the 8 stiches? Well the reason is I couldn’t stand surfers and I wanted him to fear the sport, boy did that backfire.”
Considering Matt just turned 15 last June, many people say he has all the time in the world, but his 593 trophies, ribbons, and MVS (most valuable surfer) awards serve as his pedigree for being the prime time as soon as possible. Matt still trains at the Wedge and in Huntington Beach 5 days a week, and he welcomes folks to take videos with drones and send the footage into Laguna Beach, as he is a huge proponent of “freedom to fly and capture” society.
The 2020 Summer Olympics will use a four-person heat structure, Four athletes will compete at any given time. The best two of each heat will continue to the next round. Each heat will run for 20 to 25 minutes, with their top two scores being used.
Only one rider may ride a wave at any given time. Using common surfing etiquette rule where the surfer who is closest to the peak has right of way. Any interference with the surfer who has right of way, can incur a penalty and result in point deductions.
A panel of judges will determine each rider’s performance from wave to wave, scoring from one to ten with two decimals. e.g. 8.51. Scores are based on the difficulty of maneuvers performed. This includes speed, power, and flow of each maneuver.
- ^ “Olympic Sports : Surfing｜The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games”. The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
- ^ “Surfing Etiquette: How to behave in the surf”. www.surfing-waves.com. Retrieved 2018-07-22.