As well as being one of the most versatile surfers on the UK Pro Circuit, Reubyn Ash is also current UKPSA Pro Surf Tour Champion. We caught up with Reubyn this week to get inside his head prior to the first event of the 2018 season.
How was last year’s competition on the tour?
Yeah it was a fun year on tour, it’s great to have weekends away with friends surfing in quality waves around the country, and I was stoked to win the tour last year.
What are your ambitions for 2018 and who are your main rivals?
My ambition is to surf a lot more, make some money and keep fit and healthy. Above all, enjoy the ride.
I would say that there a lot of good surfers that rip right now. Realistically there are about 5 guys who could win it this year, but I don’t want give away their names just yet. My biggest focus is to make sure I give myself the best opportunity with waves and making sure i feel good. Enjoyment is definitely high on my agenda.
Which is your favourite event on the tour?
My favourite event on tour would have to be Thurso. It’s an awesome, challenging reef break and although it’s a trek getting up there, we always get really good waves.
How much do you train while competing on the UKPSA Pro Surf Tour?
While I’m away for comps I mainly just surf and stretch. But before events, I prepare quite a bit and train 3-4 times a week. Training forms part of my lifestyle for my health and surfing anyway so it’s normal for me.
Who inspires you and your surfing the most?
Hmmm, good question! It really depends where I’m at with my life and what I’m looking for I guess. I see inspiration in lots of things, not just people. But I would say that I’m inspired by great athletes and a few philosophers too.
How much has the UKPSA Pro Surf Tour helped British surfing?
I think it’s fantastic, it gives the up and coming talent a good platform to learn how to compete and it also gives surfers in the UK a good game to play. If you do well in the competitions it also helps towards making a living from surfing, something that is rare in the UK!
I think it’s great that the tour has money to pay the riders to perform for their audience when they do well. It also it gives people a goal to perform and helps towards their career goals.
This year we are planning to livestream all the events do you think it will be a benefit to you and your sponsors?
I think the live streaming of events this year will be great for people to watch and for us to watch afterward, I think it’s a great opportunity for sponsors of the tour and the riders.
Reubyn will be defending his title this year, starting with the Surfaced Pro at Watergate Bay in Newquay. We wish him and all the competitors the best of luck for the coming season.