Birthday: October 29, 1990 Hometown: Miyazaki City, Sendai Shinko, Japan Stance: Regular Sponsors: Hurley, Dropout Results: 9th: 2008 Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge ($2,500) 3rd: 2008 Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Qualifier Japan
Young Keito Matsuoka is a force to be reckoned with in the Land of the Rising Sun. His numerous accolades and results have positioned him in the number 2 spot of ASP Japan’s Under 21 WQS and Junior rankings. At the 2008 Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge he finished equal ninth, which was considerably higher than most pundits and critics would have figured. Keito will be looking for another shot in 2009, and intent on keeping the mojo moving in his direction. His surfing is creative, yet technical, he’s approached rooted in fundamentals yet embellished with innovation. With a talented crop of Japanese surfers on the rise, Keito is most definitely at the tip of the spear.