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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.