Archbold, Matt

Regularfoot surfer from San Clemente, California; one of the sport's great natural talents, introduced in the mid-1980s as a bashful child prodigy, then evolving into a heavily tattooed and periodically self-destructive cult hero. The son of a banker, Archbold was born (1968) in Fontana, California, and raised in San Clemente. He began bodyboarding at age five; six years later, when he got his first surfboard, he proved to be a natural, able to do full turns and 360s in less than a month.