Santa Cruz native, Ashley Held, is the second surfer in our Surf Angel series. At 17 years old, she has etched her place into the local surf scene and earned a well deserved spot in the lineup. Ashley has been raking in the first place trophies at numerous contests up and down the coast, including her latest victory in pumping waves at the NSSA West Coast Regionals at Huntington Beach. Ashley’s sponsors include, Volcom, Janga Wetsuits, Sol Life Surfboards, Santa Cruz Skateboards, and Arnette.
Here are a few Q&A’s from our interview with Ashley:
BnB: What does surfing give to you?
AH: Surfing has given me so many new experiences including traveling to new places, many new friends, competitive experience, and great opportunities.
BnB: Any words of Wisdom?
AH: Always have fun.
BnB: There is a vogue and a surfer mag sitting side by side, what do you pick up?
BnB: What was the last thing you googled?
AH: English homework.
BnB: Who is your favorite surfer?
AH: Dane Reynolds or Julian Wilson
BnB: What is your favorite quote?
AH: “I surf to get tan” (Shane Dorian).
BnB: Hair up or hair down when surfing?
AH: Hair down.
BnB: What is your local surf spot?
AH: Pleasure Point
BnB: Do you have a female surfer who you look up to or admire?
AH: Carissa Moore kills it with her rail and air game.
BnB: #1 Bucket list?
AH: I want to learn how to snowboard!
Watch the behind the scenes video of the photo shoot HERE