Today we chat to Breo Hero Zak Lawton about his surfing life, his motivation, heroes and tips for aspiring surfers.
How long have you been surfing?
I started when I was 9, so 13 years ago now! I cannot even remember my life without surfing to be honest with you.
How did you get involved?
We moved to Croyde, Devon, when I was 9. This was mainly because Mum and Dad had always been on holidays here and thought it would be a great place for us kids; myself and three sisters (yes, I deserve a medal) to grow up. To this day I cannot thank them enough, It’s such an awesome place, and I guess it’s being in the village that got me into the sea. Pretty much everyone’s life here is based around the ocean, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
What’s your proudest achievement so far?
Tough one… to be honest I’m pretty competitive and therefore never content until I place well, and then my heads already on the next comp. I had a lot of success in the juniors but I have really struggled to get to the top of the Open category, saying all of that my personal claim would be top 5 in the 2013 Euro tour as I know that’s where all the top riders are, and that’s who I need to be beating!
What motivates you?
I don’t actually know, I am in love with the sport which plays a big part and you’re unlikely to find a more competitive individual, so that’s probably what motivates me; My love, passion and sheer determination for the sport.
Who’s your hero?
I love watching CJ Nelson he’s so good at all aspects of the sport, I also like the way Taylor Jenson and Harley Ingleby surf. Another hero is Ben Skinner, he has helped me through the years in so many ways: he motivates me, makes my boards, takes me to Euro contests… the list goes on!
What are your hopes for the future?
Above all I want to enjoy my surfing, now and again I find myself getting wrapped up in contests and other day to day life too much. It’s a hard balance growing up and trying to push yourself within sport. I still believe one day I can be European champion and that is my main aim competitively.
Any tips for aspiring surfers?
Enjoy every moment of it, and if you do you’re destined to succeed.
How would you spend £1 million?
Now you’re talking! That would be epic! I would probably buy a nice boat and run charters through the Maldives before they all disappear. Get all my mates over so we can all have the best waves in the world, in fact go back to a few questions ago ‘main aim’ I think this is it! I want a boat in the Maldives!