"I’m Zak Lawton, aged 20 years and hooked on surfing and have been so for around 11 years.
When I was 9 I started short-boarding and quickly found myself and a group of friends loving life, going surfing all the time.
By the age of 11 I had taken to the competing side of short boarding, and really enjoyed it; I soon achieved a few podium places. When I was 13 a local surf school, Surf South West offered me a sponsorship of decent training once a week, which I loved and got lots out of it.
In early 2008 I was forced into trying long boarding by one of my friends, this was probably one of the best things that have happened to me. I entered the first BLU event (British Long board Union tour) of the year, and came 4th which I was extremely happy with.
From then I decided I seriously wanted to pursue a career in the sport. I have been training hard since then and although I still love short boarding I am very serious about doing well in long boarding. I find both disciplines’ complement each other very well, my main aims are to win open British and English titles in the next few years and also move onto being European champion, my dream which I am sure I can do one day is to be World Champion."
In the past few years I have gained 2 junior British and English titles, plus a second in the European juniors, Last year I ranked 5th in the Open European Tour and am currently 3rd in the British Longboard Union tour.
My best video coverage is via video here: http://vimeo.com/search?q=zak+lawton