FULL NAME: Austin Hollingshead or Aus
HOMETOWN: Melbourne, FL
BIRTH DATE: October 7, 1998
AGE STARTED SURFING: 10 years old
HOME BREAK: Indialantic Beach
SURF CLUB: Malibu Board Riders
OTHER SPONSORS: Breakerout wetsuits, FCS, Sunbum, F2 Surfwax, Longboard House, Thunderbolt Technology, Carve Sports, Inc.
FAVORITE SURFBOARD MODEL: I love them all, but the main models I ride are the Slasher, Sinner, Colapintail and Music.
FAVORITE SURF BREAK: Wilderness Puerto Rico. It's a huge open ocean right point break.
FAVORITE SURF DESTINATION: Japan! It's such a beautiful place with amazing people. I love the culture and the waves are always great.
FAVORITE SURFER: Cj has always been my biggest influence, but I've also watched and studied Harley Ingleby and Tom Carrol a lot.
WHAT KEEPS YOU INSPIRED TO SURF: It's my passion and my life. I'm constantly wanting to progress and evolve my surfing. It let's me escape into my own realm.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Surfing in my first WSL competition in Japan on my 18th birthday, while getting to surf and travel with people I've looked up to my entire life was great, but my top memory has to be flying down the line on a 25 foot wave at Wilderness. Feeling the power and speed of that wave under my feet, pulling up under the lip and shooting out of it with that butterfly feeling in my stomach the whole time is unforgettable.