Jason Collins (surfer)
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|Jason "Ratboy" Collins|
|Born||July 4, 1974|
Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
|Residence||Santa Cruz, California|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg)|
|Sponsors||Salty Crew, Santa Cruz Surfboards, Smith Optics,Reeds Ginger Brew, Fished and Foraged.|
|Major achievements||(1999 & 2000) 1st Surfing Magazine Airshow Series, (2001) 1st Vans Airshow Series,|
|Stance||Regular (natural) foot|
|Quiver||5'6", 5'8", 5'10" to 10'2"|
|Favorite waves||Steamer Lane, Mitchells, Stockton Ave, Cowells (Santa Cruz)|
Jason "Ratboy" Collins (born July 4, 1974 in Santa Cruz, CA) is an aerial surfer who graduated from Santa Cruz High School. Following the lead of surfers such as Christian Fletcher, Collins dominated aerial surfing in the mid nineties. Collins is best known for his extensive repertoire of aerial maneuvers Double grabs, reverses, and 360 airs, many of which he pioneered. Collins is also an accomplished longboarder and is well known for his overall riding style.
He landed a backside 360 air during the Expression Session at the O'neill Cold Water Classic in 1994 when other competitors were doing top turns and roundhouse cutbacks. By landing that air, Collins defined his persona in the surfing world. He is a staple at surf competition air shows, has been published on multiple magazine covers and has a line of signature surfboards with the Stretch label.