Ash Blazes In Sopelana

REUBYN Ash claimed victory in the first stop of the 2011 Cash For Tricks series.

Ash was the standout on a day of cutting edge aerial surfing in 3ft (waist to shoulder high) clean peaks at Bilbao's Sopelana beach. "I love the format and the vibe in these Nike 6.0 Cash For Tricks events," admitted a stoked Reubyn, under blazing sunshine at the end of day that showcased the most progressive surfing from some of Europe's sharpest talents. "It's just wicked. You just go out and relax and kinda freesurf."

Other stand outs included recent Nike 6.0 team signing Jonathan Gonzalez, Vincent Duvignac ( Mimizan-France) and Jean-Carles 'Jex' Debray (Guadeloupe), but ultimately Ash's variety paid off, literally, with his scoring tricks including a Passion Pop, lofty air reverses, liens and alley oops.

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Ed Temperley

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