I’ve been riding with Evan Park for three years now, and I’ve seen him grow in not only his riding but in his conduct off the water. Evan is the only guy I know who wants to wakeskate in 7°C water wearing only a shorty wetsuit. He will bug me every day asking to ride, even if it’s raining out, and will drive for an hour before sunrise to squeeze in an early-morning set on pristine West Coast butter. I kinda think he’s got a screw loose. —Scott Harman
Give us the basic 411 on Mr. Evan Park: date of birth, hometown, current sponsors.
My name is Evan Douglas Park. I was born on June 8, 1989, and I currently live in North Delta, BC. I am sponsored by Gator Boards, Billabong, Von Zipper, Reef shoes and Wakeside.com.
How does a kid from North Delta get so good at wakeskating?
I have put a lot into my wakeskating, not only the riding aspect but also on the business side of things, but many people have helped me along the way. My parents pretty much raised me around the ocean, so I grew up quite comfortable with water. This whole watersports thing felt pretty natural. Not owning a boat hinders my riding a bit, but I have some good friends that try to take me out regularly.
Based on the intro by your friend Scott, is it true that you have a screw loose?
Depends on how you look at it. I think I get the “you’re crazy” comment the most in the winter season or early summer. I just hate riding with a drysuit, so no matter how cold it is, I’ll just put on a shorty and give ’er hell. Other than that, I think I’m pretty sane.
Have you ever done a word-association quiz?
I’m pretty sure I used to get those chain e-mail things all the time through MSN Hotmail when I was younger. I don’t think I would ever answer them unless I got them from a cute girl.
OK, here’s how it works. Give me one word only to comment on the following words: Family.
Any last words?
I would like to thank Christopher Guard at Gator Boards, Risto Scott and Carl Rousseau at Billabong and Von Zipper, Mike Prangnell at Reef, Spencer Welsh at Wakeside.com, Adam Levitt at SBC Wakeboard, Scott Harman and everyone who has supported me along this journey of mine. And I can’t forget my loving parents and girlfriend.