Name: Ryan Augenstein
Sponsors: Billabong, Colleta, and Dragon.
Hometown: Santa Cruz, Ca.
[IMAGE 1]AC:What do you like to do when you are not surfing?
RA: Ride my mountain bike, and hang out with my friends at the beach.
AC: Who are some of the guys that you surf with?
RA: Sean Peterson, Noi, Travis Reynolds, John Meeks, Cameron Lackey.
AC:Who are some Santa Cruz guys that you look up to?
RA: I look up to Kieran (Horn) and Adam Repogle a lot, as well as other kids my age because there is a pack of us that surf pretty good, like Sean, Casey, and Noi.
AC:Do you think it’s an advantage or a disadvantage coming from Santa Cruz in terms of contests and coverage?
RA: I think it’s an advantage because there is a lot of right point breaks, so a lot of kids from Santa Cruz have smoother styles. It’s hard sometimes going to beach breaks and dealing with smaller waves when it’s windy, a lot of kids from Santa Cruz are good in bigger waves.
AC:What are your plans for the future? Do you want to compete and make it as a professional?
RA: I want to try and get some points on the WQS, and try some of the Billabong Juniors, and hopefully get some surf trips to Indo, and get some good waves.
AC:I know Sean Peterson was taking Karate. If you and Sean got in a fight who would win?
RA: I would win because I outweigh him and he’s too nice of a guy.
AC:Do you like to surf big waves?
RA: I have a big gun I hope to ride soon, so hopefully I’ll get some big waves either on the North Shore or somewhere around here. I like big waves for sure.
AC:Did you graduate this year from high school or do you have another year?
RA: I just graduated so I’m just surfing and working out.
AC:What do you do for a workout?
RA: I did Junior Lifeguards, so I swim in the ocean a bunch, I run in the beach in soft sand, and I ride my bike.
AC:How important do you think working out is for surfing?
RA: I think it’s very important because the level of everyone’s surfing is going up, and unless you just freak natural, I think you have to work out and be in shape.
AC:Do you watch your diet too?
RA: No, I don’t watch my diet too much, but eating fruit and not eating a lot of junk food helps.
AC:Do you have any last words or thanks?
RA: I’d like to thank Billabong for putting on a hot contest.