One of the nicest blokes and at the same time one of our biggest chargers - Jason Finlay is a freaky hive of talent. Down to earth to talk to, high in the air when he's riding, this man is yet to reach his peak - it's going to be insane to watch him getting there. we went through these questions prior to Jase being an invitee to SIC, so we haven't covered the Island in this one, but we wish him well in the heaving, eating, grinding wave that is SI.
sit back, relax and meet Mr. Jason Finlay - a true waterman and a true gentleman - a man on a mission.
(personal note: someone please get off their butt and get him a serious board sponsor - you'll be paid back in spades)
Doc: Hey Jase,
Mate you are across the board many people’s pick as the most underrated rider for your level of talent. Sean Pyne from the Nulla says of you:
““Jase is pretty underrated. He surfs a lot better than some professionals do who are of the same age. He is humble and his surfing speaks for itself. He rides fluidly in heavy waves and also looks very comfortable in the air,”
Yet with all that potential you were at the same time studying at Wollongong Uni to become a PE teacher. Why would you put all that time into a qualification when you can ride so well?JF: I didn’t want to have nothing to fall back on if a bodyboarding career failed. Uni is a sick lifestyle and allowed me to surf everyday anyway.
Now that ive finished, and got my degree, theres absolutely nothing that can hold me back. Im so amped on boogin, and am putting every ounce of effort I have into getting to the top of the sport. Doc: You ride a kneeboard, shortboard, fish, and mal, as well as the sponge. There is a trend around certain riders these days that ‘true’ spongers should only ride a sponge – what are your thoughts on this?JF: Whatever makes you happy I reckon!! Im 100% dedicated to bodyboarding, but I love the challenge of getting good at all types of boards. It keeps everything exciting, It keeps me super fit, and it broadens your view of how to ride a wave. You’ve got to approach the wave differently for each different board, and I reckon you bring those different views into your bodyboarding. Its all improving your wave knowledge, and keeps me in the salt when the waves are unmotivating for the boog. In saying all this, I will always choose the bodyboard over anything else.Doc: D.O.B height and weight?JF: 14/05/1986 which makes me 23
Im just under 6ft
Weigh 75-80kgDoc: What boards are you running in your current quiver and what are your current faves?JF: Ooooooh, well im actually on the hunt for a new board sponsor. Just shopping around a little bit, so its exciting times.Doc: What dimensions and core compositions are you finding hot for your riding at the moment?JF: Pretty standard shape boards really. Ive only ever ridden Dow, Crescent tail, Stringer and maybe mesh which suits me pretty well, and my last few boards have been the Science TR, Or the Elit’ Team Design which are really similar. Doc: I was speaking to Maddog about the Zion wetties today – how are you finding them?JF: They are bullshit. Definitely the best wetties on the market. Super warm, flexible and look insane. So stoked to be riding for them! Everyone thinks im just talking it up cause they are my sponsors, but I seriously believe it’s the best wettie ive ever worn.Doc: What is your favourite break?JF: Nuggan. Amazing bowls when its 2ft or 10ft. But ive also been really amped on Shark Island lately. I got into the comp this year, so am sooo stoked, and am definitely gunna go crazy out there.Doc: What would be the biggest wave you’ve taken on?JF: Had some big days at Depot a while back, but maybe a surf I had at Pipeline. There was only 5 of us out in the morning, it was massive and a bit wobbly. Took a good half hour to get out the back, and then scrambled between cleanups to get a few crackers.Doc: Do you have a crew you hang with in the water?JF: Yeah, everyday I surf with James Kates, and this is almost always accompanied by Mattick to shoot for the new ZION vid.Doc: What’s the best trip you’ve been on?JF: Just did a trip to France, Portugal and Morocco which was amazing! So many cultural differences, and the waves were incredible. Katesy’s making a vid on it called “Evoke the Stoke” which will be coming out next month.Doc: Who are some of your fave photogs?JF: Ian Osterloh, Jeremy Greives, Jem Creswell, Lee Kelly and Grant Peters are the guys I shoot with a lot now. They are all so friggin talented, and motivate me to go so hard. Phil Gallagher has got to be my favourite though. Would love to shoot more with him.Doc: Board history – any chance you can remember and name the boards you have had under you over time? Fave ride ever of all of them?JF: Wow, stretching the brain here. Couple of memorable ones would be:
The hardy would have to be the most memorable, as he was in his prime at the time, and all I wanted to do was ride like him on his board!Doc: Scariest moment on the boog?JF: Lying on my board infront of the TV when I was real young, and watching mike stewart out Jaws!Doc: What do you love most about the BB culture?JF: Everyone is so humble. Doc: What do you reckon BB needs most at the moment?JF: Financial backing and more public recognition.Doc: Who would you like to give a shout-out to?JF: Big Dav and barnsy for always helping me with anything, Mattick for being so proactive in the bodyboarding world whilst trying to make us stars, My GF and friends and family.Doc: And finally who are your sponsors?JF: ??? boards, ZION wetsuits, IAMNONE clothing and BOOGERKING online store.Thanks so much for your time JaseCheers mate, woo
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