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WakeJp12 04-30-2013 8:29 PM

What could you do at 16 years old?
 
Hey My name's Jordan and I'm 16. I started riding when I was 12, but i've been skiing since I was 4... I'm going to enter comps this year and have no idea what to expect, I have no idea how good I am compared to the kids I will be competing against. I think i'm pretty well off, I can do backrolls, tantrums, scarecrows, roll to reverts, and 3's pretty consistently, but I don't know if those are good enough to win. If you can, please let me know how good you were at 16 years old and/or what to expect from my competition. Thanks a lot!

dvsone79 04-30-2013 8:49 PM

16... So long ago. Many firsts happened at that age. I dunked a basketball, got my first car (a '91 Chevy Blazer), and got to second base for the first time.

Don't worry so much about what everyone else is doing. All you can give it is your best. I have never competed at riding, but at other sports (High school basketball and soccer) I found that I did my best when I relaxed a little and didn't take things too seriously.

ryangb 04-30-2013 9:48 PM

Ya man. Dont worry about it. Just go out, have fun and ride your best.

RJ 04-30-2013 10:05 PM

when I was 16 I was terrible, I never even though of throwing an invert...then again I only rode 4 times a year haha...But that would be a good run for a grassroots competition for sure, especially if you have style in the grabs and/or 180's you plan on mixing in your run.

will5150 05-01-2013 7:29 AM

they didn't have wakeboarding when I was 16! Have fun- good to be young!

Jmaxymek 05-01-2013 9:30 AM

Another 16 year old Jordan on here! Well I'm 17 now, but last season I was 16 though.. We have a similar bag of tricks (I assume that yours are W2W) and basically the same backstory (skiing as long as I can remember, got a board for christmas when I was 11) I haven't ridden in any wake comps as INT is just starting its first season here in MN, but I do ride cable and have been in a couple of the comps our local place has held, taking 4th in the advanced division whereas most the rest of my age group was riding a level down. I'd say that at 16 thats a pretty solid back of tricks to be running with, maybe push yourself this season for more TS tricks and maybe spin your 3's (and eventually 5's) BS if you don't already. Competition wise, you can ride in different levels/divisions to level the playing field. You obviously won't ride beginner but you know what I mean. Comps are good and all, but you're 16 man! Call up your friends and go hang on the lake instead of hanging yourself up on what you might look like stacked up against other guys.

DenverRider 05-01-2013 9:38 AM

I imagine that most of us on this website at 16 were still waterskiing and waiting for the Skurfer to be invented. My son got up on the wakeboard for the first time at 6 and at 9 he is still afraid of the wakes. His 9 year old cousin is jumping but certainly not wake to wake yet. My 8 year old daughter hasn't gotten up solidly yet but I think this summer will be her year. How I envy them.

JonathanPlotz 05-01-2013 12:13 PM

hey man its pretty cool how you recognized me from youtube! last year was my first year of competing (i was 16) and i rode INT league in north carolina and won men's advanced division for the year. i'm riding in expert division this year. i had pretty much the same tricks that you mentioned. since then i've got a 540's and back 3's. i plan on working on mobes this summer too! you should have some fun competing this year with that bag of tricks. just have fun and keep pushing yourself!!

srock 05-02-2013 5:38 AM

I was about to try a new thing called a kneeboard which would get me hooked on watersports. A few years later I was hitting the course and doing barefoot starts from bridges.

fullonsalesgrp 05-02-2013 6:55 AM

Do what you have down pat don't try to force inconsistent tricks, if you can mirror your tricks ( doing them switch) you'll be king of the tournament !!
Itch

slob02 05-11-2013 3:15 PM

16.....So the year was 1988.......?? Slalom...........barefoot.........and kneeboard......Moonwalk was getting better and better!

cwb4me 05-11-2013 5:22 PM

When i was 16 Slalom was all there was.Ski's were made of wood too.So your WAY BETTER than i was.

captain_vilfo 05-13-2013 5:41 AM

what ever you or anyone else is doing it will never compare to what harley clifford or parks bonifay were doing at that age so it really doesn't matter

austin 05-13-2013 7:50 AM

I had never touched a wakeboard at age 16. If you have, count yourself lucky. It's so much easier to learn stuff and recover from injuries when you're that age.

simplej 05-13-2013 7:55 AM

not much, i was learning to jump toeside and doing 180s. busted my ankle at 17, only surfed for 2 summers and now at a ripe old age of 21 am back on my game . my advice would be progress at a good pace, take it easy if you need to, stay flexible and work out, strength and endurance help prevent injuries

andy_nintzel 05-13-2013 4:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Jmaxymek (Post 1819706)
Another 16 year old Jordan on here! Well I'm 17 now, but last season I was 16 though.. We have a similar bag of tricks (I assume that yours are W2W) and basically the same backstory (skiing as long as I can remember, got a board for christmas when I was 11) I haven't ridden in any wake comps as INT is just starting its first season here in MN, but I do ride

Ha INT just hasnt happened in MN in a bit. INT was around in the mid to late 90s till about 2007. That's funny and makes me feel old!

Man at 16 the only thing you should be worrying about is getting AIR RALEYS down cause they get chicks! HAHAHAHA. Just have fun, dont worry about anything else. Seriously just fill fill the boat with chicks and do raleys and glides...

ferral 05-13-2013 7:25 PM

I happen to know INT in not coming back to MN this year even though it was supposed to. It's too bad, I was looking forward to it as well.

Jmaxymek 05-13-2013 8:15 PM

I had heard only stories of INT haha I meant first season back! And Lou, it's not?! I had heard good things for it in oh, March I think! What happened do you know?

stxr_racer 05-13-2013 8:30 PM

Hey Jordan heres a vid of my 16yo. Actually, he's coming to the states in June (our winter) for 3 months to learn and do some comps. Will he get his ### kicked.. you bet...does it matter?.. nope! The experience he will gain from being able to ride every day in the best wake scene in the world is what counts! Sounds like you are doing real well for your age? Keep at it and more importantly.. have fun!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODdftDnEw0M
Watch in HD


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