HOW’D YOU GET INTO WAKEBOARDING?
Growing up in Winnipeg definitely isn’t ideal when you’re trying to get into board sports. I always wanted to snowboard, but being from the prairies, geographically, I was pretty screwed. I was always looking for the next best thing, and it wasn’t until I was around 13 that I first tried wakeboarding. I came home from summer camp and my aunt had bought me a 119 Hyperlite Motive. I got up first time and was instantly hooked on it. During the following summers, I learned some of basics behind the boat at my family’s cabin on Lake of the Woods in Ontario. I had always just seen wakeboarding as a recreational sport until one of my friends showed me a wakeboard movie called Out Of The Pond. Watching Danny Harf, Parks Bonifay, and all the older pros blew my mind. I had no idea professional wakeboarding was even a thing and that’s when I knew I wanted to take it more seriously. Everything sort of just worked out perfectly after that… Winnipeg, of all places, got a full-size cable and I was set. I really lucked out!
WHAT CAN YOU DO BESIDES NOTHING IN CANADA?
Keep my air tricks low-key. Real low-key.
FAVOURITE CABLE TO RIDE AT?
That’s a tough one, but I’d have to go with Cables Wake Park, in Penrith Australia. I had the chance to spend four months there this past winter and it was littt. I’ll definitely be heading back in the near future.
So many obstacles…they just got seven new Unit rails that are all really technical and fun. To top it off, they’ve got a really sick crew out there with some of the best riders in the world.
BOAT OR CABLE?
Cable. You’ll rarely catch me behind a boat anymore.
Not often—looking to do a lot more this summer though.
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
Aaron Gunn. He’s been one of my favourite riders for the last few years and he absolutely sends it. Having the opportunity to ride with him during this past winter was a great opportunity for me to progress. Watching his work ethic and the intensity in his riding motivated me to push my personal limits.
WHAT SETUP DO YOU RIDE?
139 Raph with Harley boots for the cable.
Two years ago, I hit up a bi-level winch contest in Quebec called Wake Dans Rue. It’s a really sick event where they set up above-ground pools in the middle of the street. Super sketchy. I ended up flying out of the last pool and knocking myself out on the concrete. I was so confused when I woke up to two paramedics yelling at me in French! Got away with just a broken hand and concussion, but it was pretty hectic…
ANY EDITS IN THE MAKING?
I have an edit at Valdosta Wake Compound with two other Canadians, Mike Fisette and Dary Znebel, that’ll be coming out really soon. Also just filmed a part at Velocity Island with Jacob Vinall, so be on the lookout for that as well.
BEST MOMENT WAKEBOARDING?
Taking the win at cable Nationals last summer.
Hip-hop and Rap usually, I’m into a lot of different stuff though.
ARE YOU A TAKEN MAN?
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED TINDER?
You could say that.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A WOMAN?
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 38 YEARS?
Ballin’ outta control.
Liquid Force, Seca Surf & Marine, Wake Canada
DO YOU SLEEP NAKED?
When I’m lonely.
INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK?
SNAPCHAT OR TWITTER?
Never bothered with Twitter, so Snapchat
ANY PLANS FOR KIDS IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
Everyone started calling me Moose when I was in Australia… somehow it managed to follow me back home.
HOW WAS YOUR TRIP TO AUSTRALIA THIS WINTER?
By far the best trip I’ve been on is Australia, it has so much to offer. So many unforgettable experiences. Four months felt like nothing. I’m considering getting my one-year work visa and heading back next off-season.
DID YOU SEE A KANGAROO?
Just a few…
DID YOU FIGHT ONE?
He started it.
PLANS FOR SUMMER 16’?
I’m usually back and forth between the cabin and cable park all summer, but the majority of the time you’ll be able to catch me riding at Adrenaline Adventures. I’m pretty set on stacking some good winching clips over the next few months. Stoked to head down to Orlando in August to compete in US Cable Nationals, as well and Canadian Cable Nationals in Quebec.
FAVOURITE OBSTACLE YOU’VE EVER RIDDEN? WHERE WAS IT AT?
Easy. The Unit Park Tech Felix Signature rail at Cables Wake park by far. Infinite lines on one rail, never gets old.
WORD ON THE STREET IS YOU KILL IT ON THE SHOE SKIS?
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED IT AS A CAREER?
Not sure if I’m ready for the fame that comes with shoe skiing.
KNEEBOARDING OR SLALOM SKIING?
That’s hard. Neither?
WHAT TRICK WOULD YOU LOVE TO LAND?
There’s a lot of hype behind double flips, and I agree they’re pretty overrated. That being said, I’ve never done one and its definitely high up on the to do list.
ANYONE YOU’D LIKE TO THANK?
Without my family and friends nothing would be possible. My parents and the rest of my family have always supported me 100% with everything I do, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that. From pulling me behind the boat, to helping out with travel funds, they’ve always been there for me. I’d also like to thank Aaron Lepin, Liquid Force, Seca Surf & Marine, Wake Canada and everyone that continues to push the sport of wakeboarding and build the industry up.
Words by: Tom Matthews