Anastasia Ashley is a pro-surfer and occasional model. She has modelled for Sports Illustrated and a video of her twerking during her workout went viral.
Birthday: February 10, 1987
Born: California, USA
Famous for: Surfer
Anastasia Electra Ashley was born San Clemente, California and grew up grew up between the beaches of the North shore of Oahu. Anastasia was swimming by age 2 , body boarding by age 4 and surfing by age 6. At the age of 6, she won a surf contest using a run-down board that she found in a trash can outside of her house. By the age of 7, she picked up a sponsor to replace her run-down board with new ones.
In 2003, she received the Triple Crown Rookie of the Year award. At the age of 16, Ashley won her first major national title. Later, she also won titles including two National Scholastic Surfing Association championships and the Professional Surfing Tour of America championship. Ashley won the 2010 Pipeline Women’s Pro in Hawaii. She appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2014.
In September 2014, she started her own Gypsy Jet Set jewellery line in collaboration with OK1984, a jewellery company.
She has appeared on MTV, FX, ESPN, Access Hollywood, and NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly. She has landed sponsorships with Oakley, Infinity Surfboards, and PowerBar, and becoming one of PETA’s most prominent spokespeople.
Anastasia likes playing amateur golf and watching pro golf tournaments.
FOX411: On your Twitter, you’ve befriended a lot of the models so you’re hanging out with Chrissy Tiegen and Kate Upton.
Ashley: Yeah. Through SI and meeting all the girls at the events, they’re as beautiful personalities as they are looks-wise so they’re a blast. It’s always fun to have drinks. They’re fun girls. What’s not to love? Chrissy Tiegen’s the best. She’s hilarious.
FOX411: Is she your celebrity gal crush?
Ashley: I’d say Chrissy Tiegen is definitely my celebrity girl crush, or Hannah Davis is a favorite too. She’s amazing.
FOX411: When you are out there on your surfboard have you ever had any crazy shark encounters?
Ashley: I’ve seen them and that’s been enough for me. Super close but maybe thirty feet away was close enough.
FOX411: What kind of shark?
Ashley: I believe that was a tiger shark. I wasn’t really close enough to see but I was in Hawaii so I was assuming it was a tiger shark.
FOX411: When you see a shark what do you do?
Ashley: Get out of the water! I see a shark and I say, “Peace.” Surprisingly, the times I’ve seen sharks, people don’t get out of the water. Sometimes they’re just dolphins but when I see a dolphin, I’m out.
FOX411: What is the difference between being a male surfer versus a female surfer? Are there fewer competitions?
Ashley: For any sport, I think females are not as usually well paid or they don’t have as many events. Surfing has been like that for a long time, and it’s been hard for a lot of girls to get sponsorships because there’s been a cut in events, so it’s great now with the Internet there’s so many great female surfers now that it’s awesome that we’re getting a lot of competitions back that have been gone for years, and a lot more money being put into women’s surfing. It’s been a lot harder for females to make it than guys.
How do the professional lives of female surfers differ from those of male surfers? The difference is that men have a lot more contests, so they are probably traveling more than female surfers — that’s probably the main difference. There aren’t that many contests for girls, which is kind of a bummer (laughs).
You’ve mentioned in previous interviews that you listen to your iTunes before you surf. What music do you listen to before a competition? You know, I like all kinds of music — I like rap, rock and R&B. But artist-wise, I like Kanye West, Britney Spears, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, Nelly Furtado… I probably listen to all of those artists. It’s funny because I like music that’s more like “club music” to relax to. I mean I used to sleep with my headphones on and listen to rap (laughs) — pretty much any music suits me.
Movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High have pegged surfing as having a kind of lifestyle; do you find there is a lifestyle associated with surfing and if so, could you describe it? I think that a lot of people can attach the lifestyle to different things. For me personally, it’s just living a clean life, staying positive and trying to do your best in anything you do in your life. And I think being an athlete teaches you, and more specifically, being a surfer teaches you how to be determined and focused. I am not going to say that’s for every surfer (laughs), but that’s my personal experience.