Anatomy of a surfer
TAKE A PEEK INSIDE THE MINDSET AND MECHANICS OF INFLUENTIAL SURFERS OF OUR TIME...
NAME: REUBYN ASH AGE: 30 HEIGHT: 5’11” NATIONALITY: BRITISH
What are the building blocks of a world-class surfer? These days it’s more than tube smarts and a rain-inducing power hack.
Is a big word that will make you look smart when you drop it in conversation. In essence, it means the perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body. Which, as you can imagine, in surfing, mainly the aerial flavour, is very helpful. Knowing where your arms and other bits are in space without looking at them is key to making and landing manoeuvres. As one of Europe’s leading aeronauts, Reubs would prob score 95/100 on it in surfing Top Trumps if such a thing was possible.
Globally style has evolved from distinct regional flavours to a more homogeneous whole. That the world's current style is Curren/slater influenced is no bad thing. Reubs takes his home reef flow and beach break torque and boosts into new territory frequently. Making up new stuff is how surfing progresses. Not many people are at the bleeding edge of progression.
Surfers are either naturally blessed or train to become brilliant. All the yoga and gym work can get you stretchy and help recover from wild airs and adapt to barrels ad hoc. Being born with it then honing it through constant pushing and travel is the other method.
A long time ago a young Reubs was of the ’surfing is all the training I need’ mentality. These days his workouts, which you get glimpses of on his Insta, are of the kind that makes us ‘chained to our desks magazine sorts’ get out of breath just watching.
Strong, flexible, innovative and he knows where his bits are … reasons why Reubs is one of the best.