Singer Lee Ryan: Why I Love...Surfin' USA

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The Independent Online

I can't surf, to be honest with you. I tend to lie on a board and paddle a good workout for the arms and the upper body. After a few hours out there you look like Daniel Craig. I'm all about the skinny blue Speedos.

I first got into surfing when I was about 14. I made friends with the group Hanson remember Mmm Bop? and their manager paid for me to go to surf camp with them in Los Angeles.

Hanson had to do a promo and couldn't go in the end but I went, and it was then that I got the bug for LA. Now I live out there and I go surfing on Venice Beach and Malibu.

I saw a seal pop its head up while I was out the other day. It was just lying on its back, chilling. I don't think anyone else saw it. It was just a moment between me and the seal.

Lee Ryan's single "Reinforce Love" is on sale now in aid of children's cancer charity Clic Sargent (www.clicsargent.org.uk) and Great Ormond Street Hospital. December is childhood cancer awareness month.

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