I’m embarrassed to say it took this long, but finally after 14 years of wakeboarding in Florida I rode the St. John’s River for the 1st time! The team has grown rapidly in recent months so we decided to get everyone together for some “teamage,” and what better place to escape to than St. Johns. The river is only about an hour away from home here in Orlando and the butter factor is huge regardless of wind-speeds. It curves, turns, and banks it’s way from Central Florida all the way up through Jacksonville and is one of the only north flowing rivers in the US (so they tell us). Team riders included Jeff House, Oliver Derome, Dylan Miller and myself along with wake brand manager Wade Wagley and the newly acquired marketing mastermind Mr. Gary Huck. We stayed in a town called Astor, FL where (unfortunately) no one cares about the NBA playoffs, but in reality this was the beauty of our escape: No distractions; Just us and the water…and the alligators…and the snakes while I’m at it. We saw two snakes crossing the river and at least 20 -30 alligators during our day and a half mission, but this was all the more motivation to spot your landings and ride away from EVERYTHING. After all, no one want’s to be bobbing around in a gator tank! Other wildlife spottings included wild striped bass, mating manatee’s and several brown trout floaters…
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Canadians Dylan Miller and Oli Derome do their best to stay on the surface of the gator infested St. Johns River.
Here are some pic’s of the Slingshot wake team at the 2011 Fise!! Epic set up.
Yo. Here’s a video of me explaining how to do a toeside off-axis 3. Give it a shot. It’s really fun.