In what has already been a huge year for 20-year-old surfer Anthony Fillingim, the Costa Rica native has continued his winning ways on the ALAS Latin America surfing tour. In addition to taking in some epic waves at a few ASP World Qualifying Series events, we’re also pleased to announce that Anthony is the latest member to join Team Marley.
Known for pulling sick Slob 360s and having a fluid, steezy style in his runs, Anthony is knee deep in the middle of competition this week. Currently shredding the surf at the Reef El Salvador 6 Stars comp, Anthony took a break from his busy day on Punta Rock Beach to talk with us about his surfing, his favorite Marley song and his love for our Positive Vibration on-ear headphones.
Tell us a little about your surfing background? How long have you been surfing?
I have been surfing for 10 years. My dad got me into surfing when I was young and I started competing as a grommet. It was around seven years ago in a local contest in my home hometown Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. For the last two years I have been surfing the ALAS Latin American tour and now I’m starting to enter more ASP WQS events.
Who do you ride for?
I surf for Reef, Carton Surfboards, A3 Energy Drink and now for House Of Marley.
Who are your surfing heroes?
Kelly Slater, Andy Irons and Dane Reynolds.
Where is your favorite place to surf in the world? Any standout spots that come to mind?
A reef close to my house in Mal Pais, Costa Rica, but I really love the North Shore. Killer waves every single day.
What’s the biggest wave you’ve ever ridden?Any crazy wipeout stories?
The biggest wave was in Rock Piles (Hawaii). It was solid. The best part was it was only my friend and I in the water for that session. Craziest wipeout? The best was a couple of months ago in Hawaii when I was surfing at Pipeline. It was a good wipeout that held me underwater and washed me through the reef. It was a great experience.
Is there anything you do before a big competition to get pumped up?
Yeah I listen to music before all my heats at the concentration zone using my Positive Vibration headphones.
Do you have a favorite Bob Marley song? Which one and why?
I like all of them but my favorite is “Natural Mystic” because of the chill vibe I get when I listen to it.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve eaten in your travels? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Tacos al Pastor in Mazatlan are really good, but my favorite meal last year was a sushi night in Peru. The weirdest thing I’ve ever ate was the strange inside part of a red snapper.
With 4000 points, Anthony Fillingim sits in third place, near the top of the ALAS leader board, and hopes to make a leap forward after this week’s competition in El Salvador. Stay tuned for more updates on Anthony and his tournament run as he looks to win the tour championship. Good luck out in the waves Anthony and keep on killing it!
Bonus: Haven’t seen the latest Team Marley member surf yet? Check out this insane surfer profile video of Anthony and watch him do what he does best.