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…
<object width=”640″ height=”360″><param name=”allowfullscreen” value=”true” /><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always” /><param name=”movie” value=”http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=24316569&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=ff9933&fullscreen=1&autoplay=1&loop=0″ /><embed src=”http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=24316569&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=ff9933&fullscreen=1&autoplay=1&loop=0″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowfullscreen=”true” allowscriptaccess=”always” width=”640″ height=”360″></embed></object>
Canadians Dylan Miller and Oli Derome do their best to stay on the surface of the gator infested St. Johns River.
Yo. Here’s a video of me explaining how to do a toeside off-axis 3. Give it a shot. It’s really fun.
What’s up everybody? If you all haven’t heard about the new weekly released, digital magazine called Wakejournal, then you should check it out at Wakejournal.com. It was created by Joey Meddock, who’s one of the best photographers in the sport. Wakejournal came about because he was tired of seeing great photos being that weren’t being used being put onto the “cutting room floor”, as he calls it. So he created Wakejournal. A home for all the new and old shots that didn’t get used, but still deserve to be seen. So I highly recommend checking it out. Here are some shots he used of me. Thanks Joey. Thanks for keeping it real. peace.
What’s up everybody? I was riding at home last week and fell on a 9 off the wake. I tore my ACL and surrounding meniscus. It sucks but poop happens. Since I won’t be on a board all summer, I’m going to have to live vicariously though all of you. So shred hard fellow brethren. At least Tony Logosz, the man himself, was nice enough to shape some custom surfboards for the wake team. You know I’ll be lusting at the thing all summer. Thanks Tony! Here’s a shot of them all. peace.
Hello everybody. It’s been a while since I posted. Sorry about that. I’ve just been busy, busy. Even though it’s been cold all winter in Florida, we have been testing boards non stop. Whether it be new cores we’re trying out or new ways to attach our boots (Trac system). Have no worries though. We are making sure that you all only get the best. Yup, get your hopes up!! Also, I just got back from visiting my good friend John Mills out in Dillon, CO. He moved out there to enjoy the winters and all that white stuff, so I’d be stupid not to go crash on his couch. I’m glad I did too. We got some great snow with even better skies! Man I love playing in snow. Here’s a shot of me on top of Loveland. Enjoy. Peace.
yo, yo. For everybody out there that doesn’t know what Cypress Gardens is, it’s a big water/amusement park/ski show. It’s been in the watersports world forever. Anyways, they have been closed for a few months due to bankruptcy so it’s pretty much a hang out spot now for people that live on Lake Eloise. Well yesterday we sessioned this head high 50′ walkway. It was sick. Joey Meddock came out and shot it. Here’s a shot of my good buddy Jimmy Trask ripping it. check it.