The Outerbanks just hosted their infamous "Battle of the Banks" contest and Rusty Surfboards team rider, Matt Beacham, brought home the cake! "I don't know what to do," Beacham humbly laughed, holding his only top trophy ever, a $1500 watch from Oakley -- and the days' highest total, 54.5. "I simply don't know what it means to win a surf contest."
"I booked my ticket when I saw the swell," says Matt Beacham, who almost didn't make it because of an injury and barely being in the water for two weeks. "I didn't even know the contest was gonna go until I was halfway here, but I figured I could always see my family." And plenty of it. In an island filled with first-generation transplants, Beacham's that rarity among rarities: someone whose gene tree runs 100 percent through Outer Banks soil. The irony? He's also one of the few to leave home, turning that purty face into a Fuel TV staple and a San Diego address.
How deep are Matt Beacham's Outer Banks roots? This is the family of Decatur Beacham Jr, circa 1895 from the Currituck County archives. Check the resemblance.
For full coverage of the event check out ESPN.GO.COM