Alys Barton talks surfing tips, self-care and her £28 beach hair savior | Purchases

We like to take care of ourselves and all this time at home has really given us an excuse to take care of ourselves inside and out. Each week, we’ll be asking celebrities to share their Sunday self-care routines because taking care of yourself is more important than ever.

This week it’s all about surf champion Alys Barton. At just 18, she has already racked up incredible accolades, including winning the National Women’s and Women’s Under-18 competitions last year. She is a rising star on the British surfing circuit and is set to make the England Olympic team. Pretty impressive, huh?

Alys is also an ambassador for Animal, whom she praises for her efforts in sustainable development. She tells Heat, “It’s great to represent such a progressive brand that’s super eco-friendly and uses recycled materials whenever possible.”

Alys talks exclusively to heat about her fitness routine, getting into surfing and the best advice she’s ever been given…

At the start of surfing

Alys is phenomenal on the waves, but has she always been a talented surfer and where did her passion start?
“It’s actually kind of funny because before I was surfing I was playing clarinet and that was my thing. Then around 13 my dad used to do a lot of surfing with friends so I I was like, ‘Okay, I’ll try!’

“I was such a beginner, I couldn’t carry a board, I couldn’t paddle it, I couldn’t do anything.

“So I learned to do the basics on one of my dad’s old boards and I was pushed around in the waves and I really enjoyed it. It was a good challenge because my little brother does it too and it’s fun to compete with him. It didn’t take me long to progress and I entered a few contests the first year I started surfing.”

On the surf tips

“I actually do a little teaching when I’m back home at a school called Progress and I teach groups of young girls. It’s really great when people say, ‘Okay, I want to get into surfing, how do I do it? What do I do?’ The most obvious thing is to try. Pick up the tray. I can teach you how to spawn and do all the basic stuff, but that’s just practice.

“There are also a lot of things you can do on land, especially if you live far from the sea. There are a lot of exercises you can do at home and it certainly benefits your progress when you come back to the sea. sea. beach.

“Oh and just really having fun. The more fun the better!”

On keeping fit

“Normally I try to surf about two to three times a day. Not necessarily the longest surfs, but just getting in the water. At the same time, I try to train indoors about two to three times a week with a fitness trainer. His name is Ben and everything is usually done online. There are fitness plans and we discuss a contest performance and plan what I need to work on, generally fine detail that I can train out of the water.

“Then if I’m not at the gym or surfing, we also do quite a bit of skateboarding which is really helpful and also a lot of fun.”

On personal care

Alys is always on the move and traveling the world for contests, so how does she relax on a rare afternoon off?

“I really like to relax. If I’m in a place where it’s a little hot, I would definitely put on the air conditioning or a fan, because being in the sun all day is so exhausting. Having air conditioning is great. Then I relaxed, had a chocolate mousse and watched my clips back from the competition. A must is definitely to take a shower, there’s nothing worse than sand in the bed. You can’t go wrong with a new pair of pajamas too!”

On hair heroes

“It’s definitely gone through some stages! It’s super blonde from the sun right now, but I wear conditioner in my hair all the time. I let it dry with conditioner then I shower them, but still conditioner. One thing I always try to grasp is Olaplex No. 3 (£28) because that’s the only thing that keeps it from breaking.”

On waterproof makeup

“When I started [surfing] I was a little younger, I thought I had to put on mascara and then my brother laughed at me because it was like running down my face! I just have sunscreen that looks like foundation, which is pretty cool. I also tint my eyelashes and eyebrows so I don’t wear anything else.”

On very good advice

“It’s something I’ve heard from a lot of different people, but it’s just to enjoy the competitions as much as possible and have fun at the events. You’re so focused on the competitions because it’s obviously my job, but don’t forget to relax and really enjoy it too. You never know if this could be your last competition and it’s important to stay in the moment.”

Quick hit:

What show are you currently watching? Fraser.

How do you like your cup of tea or hot drink? I love hot squash.

Must-have loungewear brand? Animal is my preferred. They have great swimwear but also hoodies and other leisure pieces that I love!

Favorite face mask? Revolution Skincare x Jake – Jamie Watermelon Hydrating Face Mask (£8)

Go to order takeout? It must be Indian, I can’t get enough of onion bhajis!

Favorite candle? Yankee candles.

Alys is a Surfing Ambassador for Animal, who sponsored the Women’s & Men’s Surf Pro competition at the Boardmasters Festival this year. Check them

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