Dallaswakeboarding.com Rider Interview 1. What’s your name, age and where you from? Jake (wakeboardbum) 18, Haslet, TX
2. Why do you wakeboard? There’s nothing else that can beat it,
3. Where do you normally wakeboard? Well we aren’t allowed to speak of this place so next question please.
4. Do you have a boat, or a favorite wakeboard boat, and what do you like about it?
Well Scoot and I have about ¾ of a boat right now; it’s a work in process
The nautys and the malibus are on top of my favorite list right now.
Nothing is better than a loaded down lsv, or a loaded down 210
5. How long have you been wakeboarding? About 5 years behind an actual wake boat and the 2 years behind the pontoon don’t really count.
6. How did you get into wakeboarding? My Cousin
7. Who do you normally ride with? More like who don’t I ride with, they call me the bum and I guess I have to fill those shoes
8. What board and bindings do you ride? 134 Ronix Vault with the closed toe Shane bindings
9. What speed and rope length do you ride at? 75 at 23.5 or so and sometimes when I feel like floating bump it out to 80 at 24mph
10. What’s your favorite trick to see or do? My favorite tricks to do are the batwing, heel 5 and tantrum to blind. My favorites to see are a batwing to blind, whirly 5, and 9’s Someday I hope to be able to bust them all out
11. What tricks are you working on now? I have landed a few heel mobes and would like to get it consistent. Started trying switch crows yesterday and was getting decently close, been trying some whirlys off rollers and a Pete rose will be attempted very soon.
12. Who inspires you in wakeboarding? I like watching Randall Harris ride and Keith Lyman ride just because they are balls to the walls going huge.
Benny G is super smooth and one of the most under rated riders.
I like to watch Aaron Reid bust out on the skate as well, a backside big spin just doesn’t sound easy but he does it.
13. Ever competed in any of the tournaments? How did you do? Well I have rode like 4 or 5 tournaments before this year and always choked. But this year I have been on the podium in 3 of the 4 tournaments we have entered, been super pumped about
14. What are your goals for wakeboarding this year? Just continue to have fun and push it, have a good shudo, learn a toeside mobe and a double handle pass spin, and switch is something everybody needs to work on.
15. What advice do you have for someone just starting to wakeboard or new to DWB? Well I started coming around when I was 14 and started riding with everybody that was going out. Even though my parents were dropping me off and picking me up ha! I would tell them just get in with as many people as you can and ride with someone better than you if you really want to progress. The sport has came along way and it seems that all of the newbie’s are starting to progress much faster than when we started riding.
16. What do you like to do when your not wakeboarding? I work at FedEx throwing boxes or hang out but most of the time its riding. I have gotten so much riding time this year I have 4 rows of calluses and even a binding tan line.
17. How did you find out about Dallaswakeboarding.com? Funny story, I was at home from school sick with a stomach virus on a November day just cruising the net, stumbled across wake world, and saw Randy post up he was heading to eagle mountain and I was more than welcome to come, it was 50 degrees outside and I had never ridden anything other than the pontoon so I was super pumped to get to ride a Supra, my dad came home that evening and I was like “hey dad I’m going wakeboarding tomorrow” he looked at me with quite possibly the funniest look I have ever saw from my dad and says “your crazy its freezing out” then I explained I had met a guy online with a wake boat and wanted to go tomorrow with him. Long story short we ended up on Eagle Mountain in wetsuits riding. That is what started my addiction as it is today.
18. What would you like to see from Dallaswakeboarding.com in the future? It seems everyday there is more and more people finding the site and posting up. The growth is good but if it continues everybody is going to find out about our spots and we will all hate the world.
19. What was your biggest wakeboarding accomplishment this last season? Last season was when the progression really started taking off by landing spins, worked up to landing 5’s pretty quickly I was pumped about that.
20. Anything else you’d like to add or say? BIG thanks to anybody who has ever given me a pull or tip on tricks and I have met so many great people and made many new friends through this site and the whole wakeboarding thing.