Jason “Ratboy” Collins
By Nelly

Jason argued with me all of the way to Its this day. He wanted to surf the Ave, but he was stoked when we scored this shot of him boosting over my head.

Jason argued with me all of the way to Its this day. He wanted to surf the Ave, but he was stoked when we scored this shot of him boosting over my head.

Ratboy has been a friend for a long long time, I used to go over to his house on Swift Street back in the day and shoot portraits and hang out…he is all time! His quick-witted heckles are second to none, and he’s good at everything he does.

Jason shows his style and lays into a big turn up North.

Jason shows his style and lays into a big turn up North.

Hometown: Santa Cruz

Age: 39

Stance: Regular

Specialty: Flying

Sponsors: O’Neill, Vans, Santa Cruz Surfboards, Smith Sunglasses, B.E. Glassing

Favorite Waves: The Lane, Ave., The Hook — Santa Cruz

World Champion aerialist three years running, Jason is one of the most highly respected surfers of all time.

World Champion aerialist three years running, Jason is one of the most highly respected surfers of all time.

Ratty and I shot these portraits up at Delaveaga for a Santa Cruz ad awhile back.

Ratty and I shot these portraits up at Delaveaga for a Santa Cruz ad awhile back.

How did you get the name “Ratboy”?: I got the name when I was young cause I had a really messy room, and I rode old roachy boards all the time … it stuck and I’ve been Ratboy ever since.

What do you like to do when you aren’t surfing?: I like fishing, golfing with my friends, and hanging with my wife Katie. She likes to surf, golf, and fish too, so it’s awesome.

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