2016 Male Breakthrough Performer: Matt Nottage
Australian Matt Nottage swept downwind week in Australia winning both The Doctor and King of the Cut against the country's best paddlers, including Travis Grant and James Casey. He also came in third at Maui 2 Molokai, third at the OluKai Ho'olaule'a and fifth at the Japan Cup. While he's mostly a downwind guy, he has chops in the flats as well. He's a talented OC-1 paddler a la Ching and Grant. Look for this Aussie to make a big mark on the world stage in the years to come.