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Anastasia Ashley On Her MTV Reality Show

| posted on October 25, 2010
Anastasia filming for her “World of Jenks” episode. Photo: Courtesy of Anastasia.

Anastasia filming for her “World of Jenks” episode. Photo: Courtesy of Anastasia.

While Anastasia Ashley proved her competitive prowess back in April by becoming the 2010 Women’s Pipeline Pro champion, the 23-year-old is perhaps better known for modeling for magazines like FHM, doing commercial work for Old Spice, and filling the role of the “pretty surfer girl” in numerous mainstream outlets. Most recently, MTV filmmaker and creator of World of Jenks, Andrew Jenks, followed Anastasia for one week, documenting her life. SURFER Magazine sat down with Anastasia to talk to her about her alternative pro surfing career and her MTV reality show airing tonight.

Are you nervous how MTV might portray you?

No, not at all. I think their programming is the voice of this generation. The show won’t be like The Hills; it’s all real, no scripts, no shot lists, and definitely no-re takes. I filmed the less-than-glamorous aspects of my life, so hopefully people will see the truth behind what really goes down. I see it as a video diary for my life.

What was that like having a camera crew follow your every move?

It was at first a little awkward having an entourage of about 15 people with you at all times. It made going out to eat kind of a problem. But I would say after the first two days I somewhat forgot about the cameras. And everyone who worked in production was very cool.

Can we expect any classic MTV love drama?

Yes, of course! [laughs] No, it’s just a quick glimpse into my life and the craziness of losing a heat and having to deal with the pressures that can come from the media. And when it airs it will be my first time seeing it.

Between this MTV show and all your modeling/commercial work, do you view yourself as a brand first then a pro surfer?

I never see myself like that, to be honest. I’ve never thought of myself as anything besides a surfer. Some people think I’m trying to portray something else, but I’m just being myself.

Anastasia Ashley. Photo: Russo

Photo: Russo

But you have a job where you have to fit a certain image, right?

I’m in the position now where my sponsors support me in what I want to do. I don’t like to censor myself, and I feel like there’s no need to be anyone but myself, because at the end of the day, I have to live with myself and I have to be proud of what I do.

How do you find a balance being a pro surfer with everything else?

It’s difficult, but you have sponsor obligations, and you want to make them happy, and sometimes that requires doing interviews and being in the media. It’s not something I go out and actively seek. I’m just lucky enough where I get unique opportunities and I just take what comes to me.

How should people view Anastasia Ashley right now and ten years from now?

Like I said, I’m just being myself. I’m just doing what I want to do and you can love it or hate it. So I want people just to kind of remember me as someone who is independent, strong, and loves surfing.

  • jonas

    amazing!!

  • stu

    just me, or does this chick demonstrate how low the “pro” surfing world has sunk? She’s hot and all, but she can barely turn a surfboard.

  • LOLmatter

    Stu,
    Your back I see? well your sister says to suck it and, pay attention to the surfing. 2010 PIPE CHAMP? please. you are a hater!

  • 1tubejunkie

    Stu can’t even surf! that dude is a wanker! Where was he when Anastasia was surfin g Wiamea last year?

  • Daniel Russo

    Stu why are you such a hater ? I know who you are….it wasn’t that hard to find your IP address.

  • Lauren

    Great inspiration to female surfers, and females in general! Strong woman.

  • dude

    MTV ? What a sellout.

  • David

    Another reason why MTV has turned into crap, too much bs “reality” shows.

    This network could use their millions to showcase underground bands (from which there are TONS) and finally bring some musical variety to the masses. Instead, they only play, for the most part, formulaic pop music where the “musician” is model-quality. WTF, music is about listening, not watching. The video is supposed to aid the song, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

    The result is a whole generation of youth who only know a very small amount of what’s out there, and will never care to see the light.

  • David

    Oh yeah, I think Carissa Moore is more deserving of the show. She actually rips, and has a great attitude.

  • David

    lolmatter, remember how SMALL it was at Pipe that day? Not saying women can’t surf, but there are BETTER WOMEN out there and it seems Anastasia gets choesn over them because of their looks. Of course, all MTV shows have a T & A element.

  • Lolmatter

    Carissa Moore? her presence is as an a great athlete, not as a lifestyle/icon.That’s why even Stephanie’s more marketable than Carissa, and for the most part will be for a while, and among with alot of other female surfers, Carissa doesn’t have a marketability besides the fact shes a good surfer, so is Tyler, Sally, Coco , etc, It takes alot of balls to go on TV and expose your self, something that most of the girls don’t have. Do you ever wonder why Rob Dydrek makes more than Chris Cole? He has a personality, and is marketable, he is an icon. You saying Carissa’s more deserving is your own opinion. We will all watch when she gets her own reality show, can’t wait to see it online, webisodes LOL!

  • k. powers

    Filling the role of pretty surfer girl. That about sums it up.

  • jeff

    I was willing to give this girl the benefit of the doubt until she stated that she believes Mtv (eMpTyV) is the voice of this generation.

    That network ceased to be relevant years ago.

    And the critics are correct, she won that event in 2 foot wind blown slop. Might as well have been Brazil.

    And you can’t sell anyone on your “depth” promoting yourself via fluff mags like FHM.

    There are better ways to self-promote. She should start looking into them while she is young enough to put these rookie mistakes behind her.

    And Lolmatter… you’re a shill. Money doesn’t make you a substantial character, the ability to see what lies beneath the surface of all the glitter can. But that’s up to you… and Anastasia. THAT is what takes real balls (or ovaries as the case may be).