Ash is excited to announce his debut book, 'Surf by Day, Jam by Night' will be released August 19th.
Andrew Crockett, author of the surf book Switch-foot, once told Ash Grunwald: “How you do one thing is how you do everything.”
For Ash, a blues musician and keen surfer, this really hit home when he gave up drinking on January 1, 2018. What started as a health-kick for him and his partner, Danni, became something much deeper.
Not only did he feel better, but he became better at the two things he loves the most: music and surfing. Without alcohol, he was able to let go of some of the inhibitions that were holding him back musically. And the same thing happened with his surfing.
To Ash, music and surfing are the peaches and cream of the perfect Australian lifestyle – cruising down the coast in a beaten-up old van with a surfboard and a guitar, not a care in the world. This is how he spent most of his twenties – travelling around Australia playing gigs and surfing waves.
But apart from the lifestyle it offered, Ash started to think there was something deeper that connected these passions – a blend of the wildly esoteric with the deeply scientific and technical. Because that’s what surfing and music are both about: to be good at them you need to know the science behind what you’re doing while allowing yourself to be free enough to let your intuition guide you.
That’s how Surf by Day, Jam by Night was born.
From heavy wipe-outs to heaving crowds, this book gives an insight into the minds of true legends who have mastered the artforms of surfing and music. Through conversations with Kelly Slater, Steph Gilmore, Jack Johnson, Dave Rastovich, Jaleesa Vincent, G. Love, and many more, Ash discusses flow states, jamming versus shredding, style, transcendence, fear, career longevity, growth mindset, mindfulness and what it’s really like to live your dreams. Surf by Day, Jam by Night is an inspiring book that encourages us all to look inside ourselves and chase the things that truly make us happy.