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johnny_defacto 01-10-2013 10:22 PM

J.B. Oneill's Interview
Lol at J.B.'s answer to "what is the local wake scene like?"

.. A lot of the older guys seem to be disappearing and all the youngsters are getting into tubing and wakesurfing since they both require almost no skill to do....

Thanks for making me laugh, looking forward to your next video.

petrie141 01-11-2013 7:45 AM

It's funny 'cause it's true.. I've seen Lake Austin go from a dream to a nightmare in a instant. Imagine trying to wakeskate in the summer, on a river, with surfers and tubers around every bend... no bueno.

durty_curt 01-11-2013 8:41 AM

Where are all the old guys disappearing to? Retirement communities??

migs 01-11-2013 10:05 AM

all the old guys are buying real surfboards and paddling out.

wakedaveup 01-11-2013 10:11 AM

^^because wake surfs are fake? lol just kidding man.

jarrod 01-11-2013 10:16 AM

Congrats J.B. Great interview, and great riding.

This was my favorite:

"The only things I donít like are pre spinning on kickers and when riders are really penciled out and stiff legged."


BamaLurker 01-11-2013 10:17 AM

^^^^exactly!!! Good interview; add a little winching and JB is a "total package" rider.

johnny_defacto 01-11-2013 1:34 PM

Jarrod... I agree, love that line

Bama... why are you talking about JB's "package"?

BamaLurker 01-11-2013 2:39 PM


gregs_place 01-11-2013 9:41 PM

love watching him ride. if you ever want a pull on lake lbj J.B. let me know

DatTexasBoy 01-12-2013 11:00 AM

The kid can ride, but interviews aren't his specialty. He's not the only one though, I am a huge Vandall fan and the interview he did a couple months back was a little off Axis to (no pun intended) Ok maybe I did.

scbrips 01-12-2013 11:59 AM

What? That interview was just fine. JB came off as very positive and upbeat without being derogatory towards other riders/scenes and without trying to sound like he is better or more enlightened than others. He is clearly passionate about wakeboarding and thankful to be involved in the industry. How is that anything like Randy's recent interviews?

johnny_defacto 01-12-2013 2:59 PM

I thought his interview was fine as well. I wasn't making fun of him for some of his comments, I just thought they were funny.... and true.

sledgehammer 01-12-2013 10:13 PM

J.B. is the real thing. A great representative of wakeboarding. He is always encouraging other riders, always upbeat, I've never heard him talk bad about anyone. He easily makes beginner riders feel like they are part of the sport. He represents Obrien well, and is an incredibly accomplished rider.

More power to you J.B.

jcollinge 01-13-2013 9:19 AM

While I agree that the wakeboarding scene has constricted a little over the past couple of years the wakeskating scene is actually really healthy in the area. There's no shortage of people to ride with (amateur and pro) with access to boat, winch spots, ski, and cable. JB's correct in saying there is a huge uptick in wake surfing on LA which used to be something you did after riding. But I see people out earlier on the lake just surfing...

austin 01-14-2013 1:01 PM

I don't think the interview as a whole was bad, but there were definitely some bad parts that gave me a fairly negative impression the first time I read through the interview. For example, this question almost at the very beginning just about made me stop reading:

WW: Why is wakeboarding so important to you?
JB: Wakeboarding is important to me because it is the best thing in the world!
Uhh....yeah. Now, it's not necessarily JB's fault the he doesn't have an amazingly interesting answer to every question, and I'm not even necessarily going to say the interviewer shouldn't have asked such a lame question (you never know, he might have had an unexpectedly interesting answer). But the question and answer both turned out to be totally lame and should have been edited out of the published version of the interview. There's no law that says you have to publish every question and answer without editing out ones that ended up being lame. When I read that one I groaned and almost stopped reading the interview right there. So even though I wouldn't say the interview as a whole was terrible, I can understand why some people came away with a negative impression.

andy_nintzel 01-15-2013 9:08 AM

YEAH BUDDY! Way to rep the sport and O'brien! Cant wait for the next video to drop!!!

holmes 01-22-2013 7:52 AM

Great interview! We always love having JB out to ride with us. Positivie, upbeat, and always pushing for everyone to advance....especially after a cat nap in the bow.

Almost time to hit Lake Belton, I know a secret spot! And thanks for the shout-out!

skiboarder 01-22-2013 8:09 AM

As an old guy, I can tell you where the old guys go: work, family, family activities. I think those are noble causes.

It is the younger riders that I worry about (at least for boat). I've been looking at the same dudes in the finals at our local tournaments for years. None of us really care about competing anymore and we are all looking old. I wish that a few young guys would step-up, bang out the kind of runs that makes me say, "Awesome, I'm going over to the beach to spectate for this one."

JB is an exception. Keep up the good work.

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