North Devon born and raised. Surfing the beaches of Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe is where Ashley honed his skills and created a bond between himself, his board, and the ocean. This was something that he truly loved as a young lad and forged a path for him into a competitive career in longboard events.
Making the top 10 in Europe during what was longboarding's most competitive era and taking numerous event wins including 1 British title and 11 Hotdoggers club titles are among some of the accolades he holds.
Ashley has been fortunate to travel to many places around the globe for both surf trips and contests including, Costa Rica, Philippines, Australia, Bali, Barbados, Maldives, Canaries, Morocco and most of mainland Europe.
"After getting the opportunity of a 'real' job in and around the surf industry my water time decreased rapidly and a path away from the industry working long hours all over the UK meant I had lost touch with surfing and a lot more in my life. Almost 5 years out of the water and in a very dark place I was very lucky to have a strong wife and friends to help pull me out of the mess I was in and get back on track."
"Now I have an amazing little boy and another on his way and I've been back in the water properly for a couple of years working to see where I can get to.
The opportunity to work with a new, grass roots brand like Kosin was a perfect fit in my eyes, both taking a new journey but with the same beliefs that family and friends are what really matters in life and the sea binds us all together."
Ashley Braunton - @ashley braunton