Watch: Matt Banting // Out for redemption

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

When Matt Banting qualified second for the CT back in 2014 the path ahead must've seemed so straightforward. Supported by Quik, he was Australia's best young hope and an upward trajectory, not unlike the person he qualified behind, Filipe Toledo, was expected.

Then reality hit. Injuring his knee at J'Bay he missed half the 2015 season. Banting secured the injury wildcard for 2016 but was outside the Top 22 when a second injury, this time to his pelvis, took him down.

Dry-docked for twelve months, his sponsorship lapsed and the tour moved on without him.

Last year he returned, got to 40 on the QS and secured places into the comps that mattered. He's built on that this year with a first, two thirds, and a second through the Aussie leg, plus a 17th at the Ballito Pro, which puts him at 7th on the QS rankings.

A second chance looms for Banting, and going on his form in the video below, filmed in South Africa, Portugal, France, and Australia, he's deserving of a return to the top tier.

Filmed by Len Banting, and edited by Matt.

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Coops70 commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 1:32pm

Riiiiiping! Hope he makes it always loved his surfing

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memlasurf commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 2:05pm

Geez after that many injuries you wouldn't knock him for being gun shy however it looks like he is flying, literally. Rail work, toobs, and airs has the lot and smooth too. There is a big vacuum in the Oz ranks so if he can get over the zillionbrazillions he has little opposition.

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Baron von Spatula commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 3:50pm

... possibly the best style in the game!

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Elliedog commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 4:36pm

Guy is ripping!!!. A real definite point of difference in his surfing....has style to match the tricks and....a rail game better than most of the current flyers. Never heard of him prior to this....good luck young fella!.

Luba

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savanova commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 5:16pm

Might be first pro surfer sponsored roofing contractor.

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wbat commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 5:32pm

Most fun looking waves in a recent vid I have seen for a while.

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Billyw commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 10:15pm

good for him. present day Kirk Flintoff

B Dub

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Bnkref commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 6:31am

So smooth. Nice waves too.

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NickT commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 7:43am

Great music and epic edit, love his crouched stance, he's like a coiled spring waiting to bounce

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northeasterly commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 9:40am

The one word to describe his surfing is crisp. Always so sharp and precise with the coolest tweaks. So much smoother than the flailing Brazzos.

Really hope he does well after all his injuries.

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crg commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 9:44am

I get to see him surfing quite a lot and can attest to the quality of his surfing. Clean, fast and very high make rate...you rarely see him fall badly. Certainly deserves to make the tour on style alone...but you only need to see the US open heat he lost to see that counts for little. One thing I've noticed when he surfs, is he seems to catch a lot of "in between" waves. Maybe his wave selection in heats at QS/CT level could be better?
He's ripping at the moment though..

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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Baron von Spatula commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 2:08pm

2010 King of the Groms: Banting V Toledo.
https://youtu.be/MTC12mi4puo
Note the maturity of Matty's surfing in contrast to Toledo's earnest reliance on the air reverse... ! From memory, Quiksilver spruiked Banting as 'the next Slater' from a very early age... possibly a case of waaaaaay too much pressure/expectation for a young man????
Really hoping to see Matt back on tour jousting with Toledo (and co.)!

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simba commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 2:18pm

Matt surfs unreal but im not sure he is at the level of Toledo yet.

simba

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spaceman commented Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 11:06am

Happy to see him take a place from the Brazzo Storm!

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