Pierre Gasly: he learned to surf with Mick Fanning | Photo: Red Bull

Who better to give you your first surfing lesson than Mick Fanning?

For Aston Martin Red Bull Racing debutant Pierre Gasly, the Australian proved the ideal water guide ahead of the opening Grand Prix of the 2019 season in Melbourne.

A short drive from the host city for the Australian Grand Prix, Gasly traveled to Torquay Beach to be put through his paces on a surfboard.

By his own admission, he said beforehand: "I'm not good at all at surfing."

But a few quick pointers from the former professional surfer, who retired from competing at the top level of the sport last year, had the Frenchman up and gliding over the water in no time.

It did not all go entirely to plan for the 23-year-old, who this season makes the step-up from Scuderia Toro Rosso, as he understandably found himself crashing into the waves in his initial attempts.

Pierre Gasly: surf's up for the F1 driver | Photo: Red Bull

A Good Start

His celebrity teacher, though, was impressed.

"They had a bit more swell than they wanted, and he didn't realize the waves would be so big. Athletes click onto things so easily, and he picked it up so quickly, and I just sent him on his way," Fanning said.

The lesson was organized by teammate Max Verstappen as a welcome initiation to the Red Bull Racing team.

"So, it was pretty difficult. I managed to stand up most of the time. It was great. Mick gave some extra balance. It was mega," said Gasly.

Verstappen joked that Gasly was in safe hands.

"Mick Fanning knows how to kick a shark off the potentially shark-infested waters," concluded Max Verstappen.

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