Iaroslav CJ Dombrovskyi

Los Angeles | Competitive Surfer from Ukraine
“Being myself and being honest.”

Where are you from? Where do you live now?

Originally I’m from Kiev, Ukraine. Lived there till the age of 21. Finished Kiev Polytechnic University. Than I moved to Spain and stayed in Barcelona for 2 years. After all I came to California, where after few days in San Diego left to Los Angeles, where I leave right now.
( Buy the way being a SURFER from Ukraine is already a pretty interesting combination 🙂

What do you have for breakfast in the morning?

Mix of fresh squeezed orange/grapefruit/lime juices with chea seeds and Italian style coffee with banana and/or cookie.

What words / motto / advice do you live by?

Being myself and being honest.

What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

Learning new tricks while still polishing old ones and do power warm up/workout before going out in the water.

If someone wanted to start learning your craft, how do you recommend they get started? Resources?

We are talking surf here. So, I’d highly recommend taking few surf lessons with good instructor, cause that is the way to get quickly into basic surf techniques and understanding of the ocean. This is much safer and faster than trying to figure it out on your own. Also you’ll get a clear understanding if surfing is something you’d want to proceed by yourself.
But on the other hand, if you don’t wan’t to deal with instructor for some reason, than the best idea before buying or even renting a surf board will be go out for the first few times with a body-board. It’s way easier physically and at least you would get some experience of riding foamy waves and interacting with ocean, cause this would makes huge difference when you try to surf for the first time.

Favorite music / podcasts / shows / games / books?

For the music is Good Old Hard Rock – Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Metallica, ACDC, Audioslave, Nirvana etc. So not big on the shows that I’d stick to South Park and “Rick and Morty”. Big fan of Harry Potter 🙂 Love sport games- soccer, volleyball. I prefer fantastic or adventure books that are not too serious – Douglas Adams, Paulo Coelho, Andre Norton.

Who do you look up to in your profession and why?

My favorite guys are JJ Florence, Jordy Smith and Kelly Slater (but who would not be interested in 11 Time World Champion who is still on tour and keeps dominating)

What events do you attend (concerts, sporting events, festivals, charity and volunteer work, etc.)?

Like to spend time by the beach. There are a lot of activities going on in South Bay of Los Angeles. Farmer markets, open air concerts, contests, festivals or just bonfire with friends by the ocean works perfectly.

Iaroslav CJ Dombrovskyi

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