• Welcome to the Team Taylor Clark

We couldn't be more stoked to announce that Taylor Clark is now a part of the Billabong Team. Taylor, 18, gained national recognition by becoming both the 2013 U18 US Champion and the 2013 NSSA Open Men's Champ. Hailing from Encinitas, Clark is a homegrown, high performance product of San Diego's North County -- a fertile environment for world-class surfers.

Taylor will continue to compete in junior pro events and build his seed ranking on the ASP's World Qualifying Series level. He will also test his mettle in the trials for the Billabong Pro Tahiti WCT event at the notoriously heavy surf break of Teahupoo in August.

"I'm so stoked to be joining the Billabong family!" Taylor said. "They have such an amazing team, I'm super excited to be a part of it. I'm really amped for what's to come!"

Clark is wasting no time getting up to speed. His first official duty will be to join the rest of Billabong's top junior surfers departing this week for a trip to French Polynesia filming for the new Surfing Magazine grom movie.

Follow Taylor on Instagram at @taylorclark_ for a constant stream of stoke.