Pablo Garay has moved quite a bit in his life but found solace and love in surfing. His hometown of Bilbao, played a significant role to his strong commitment, love and yearning for surfing. With strong ties with the "Gorka Yarritu's Surf School", he spent most of his time and days surfing with the school. More recently, his talent and love of surfing landed him his first sponsorship with Spanish surf company, Sextown. Pablo looks forward to continuing with his physical training to be able to surf bigger waves like the infamous Meñakoz; known to be one of the biggest waves in Europe.
Name: Pablo Garay
Date of Birth: 07.18.2000.
Height: 5'5" (1.69 m)
Location: Bilbao, Spain
Local Break: Sopelana
Countries Surfed: Brazil, Portugal, France
Experience (Years): 7
Inspirations: Mark Occhilupo, Kelly Slater, Julian Wilson
How did you get into surfing?
My family had moved to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil when I was younger and I got into the sport when I was about 8 years old. My father encouraged me to learn with a teacher, and to be honest, I didn't really want to surf but after I caught my first wave I felt so connected to the sport.
Ever since we moved back to BilBao, I enrolled in a surf school and started to surf quite a bit at "Gorka Yarritu's Surf School" where it really helped my skills as well as my enjoyment for surfing. Even more exciting, this past summer, a Spanish surf company, Sextown, ended of sponsoring me to represent their brand.
Can you give us an idea of what your typical meals in a day would be?
I'm not a picky eater, I start the day with some milk, orange juice and muesli and for lunch and dinner, I love to eat anything and everything!
Do you do any stretches or exercises pre- or post-surf?
Absolutely, I always stretch out the back of my knees and arms to keep them nice and limber.
What do you you grab for a post-surf snack?
Fresh fruit juice is a great way to rehydrate and get some nutrition in. I love eating cereal and of course, chocolate!
What's your favourite gear?
Love my Sextown gear (pads, fins, clothing and leashes) and also like my Ripcurl gear too.