Earlier today, this video surfaced of Anastasia Ashley engaging in the most enthusiastic warm-up routine we've seen in quite some time. It provoked a storm of feelings for us folks at SURFING Magazine, intrigue being one of them. We called Anastasia to get to the — well — bottom of this.
SURFING Magazine: Was the clip pre-meditated?
Anastasia Ashley: It wasn't at all! I didn't put out the video. I just woke up this morning with a bunch of people tweeting and texting me asking about it.
So you knew nothing about it?
No, I didn't know anything until it was online. I tried reaching out to the people who put it up — it's some blog or something — but I still haven't figured out who was behind it. I really have no clue how it went down.
Is that just your normal pre-surf routine?
I always listen to music before I surf. Every contest, that's kind of my warm-up routine. The one thing that the video doesn't show is everything else that I do. I do stretches and other things, you know? I try to get loose and that's just a part of it.
What's the response to the video been like?
At first, I was kind of taken aback by it. But it's all been pretty good for the most part. I definitely don't want people to know me just for that. More than anything, I'm into surfing big waves. I got nominated for an XXL award last year and I'm really excited to keep pursuing that.
Do you do the same warm-up routine before you go surf big waves?
I mean, yeah. Listening to music is a big part of my pre-surf routine. And that's just my way of warming up.
And we are perfectly OK with that.