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Heiko Bertschinger

 

How long have you been surfing?

I started Surfing when I was 9/10, so I have been surfing for around 10 years.

 

Surf Hero?

Definitely Jordy Smith .

 

Favourite Surf Spot?

There are a lot of nice spots around the world but my favourite is Big Bay in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

How would you describe your style of surfing?

It’s Heiko style haha! I think because I grew up surfing river waves I have an aggressive style, this style gives me a unique approach to my surfing.

 

Best career moment?

The day when I started surfing was definitely one of the best moments.

 

Do you do any cross training with other sports or how do you look after your all-round fitness?

Normally I try to surf every day but sometimes there are no waves so then I do workouts, or I pick up my SUP or I go and skate. I tried to do yoga once but felt it was too boring for me. When I exercise I need to concentrate so that I don’t fall asleep.

 

Best Ever Surf Trip?

All surf trips that you do should be something which you never forget. My best ever trip was the time when I travelled with my mother through South Africa.

Whats your top five tracks on your IPod?

Xavier Rudd – Follow the sun
Xavier Rudd – Flag
Angus Stone – Only a woman
Matisyahu – Live like a warrior
Infidelix – Anthem of the lost

 

Favourite Movie?

Chasing Mavericks.

 

Favourite Surf Movie?

Splinters – a film about the evolution of indigenous surfing Papua New Guinea.

 

Worst ever drop in?

Haha, I think I have had a lot of bad drop ins!

 

Best ever wave so far…?

That was at my secret spot in Ericeira, Portugal. I rode a sweet shallow reef barrel!

 

What boards are you riding?

The boards that I ride are mostly 5’7″ boards in the river but can be up to 6’10”. I am also riding my new Quiver W.O.C.

 

Advice to anyone buying a board?

I think that it is better to go too big rather than too small when choosing a board.