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Old     (ldebbold)      Join Date: Jun 2006       09-16-2009, 11:02 AM Reply   
Since the "Who's rockin 50 thread" kind of opened the door for some threads by riders who are way more average than most of the regulars on Wakeworld, I thought I would share something that happened on my boat this past week. (Sorry, no photos, dead camera battery) I went to a couple of camps this year and one camper landed something like 15 new tricks in five days of riding. I'm lucky to get two in a whole season. We don't get out to ride that much and we find ourselves reluctant to work on new things because we just want to have fun and not crash a lot, so just end up tweaking the things we can already land. This season I've finally gotten comfortable going W2W. So basic, I know, but a big leap in skill for me. I learned what I had been doing wrong for the past 3 years at The Boarding School (Murray's camp), and kept working on it for the rest of the summer. My crew, consisting mostly of my teenage sons and their friends, ride much better than I do but have nobody to push them and they just seem stuck doing the same tricks. Long story short (too late) an interesting thing happened last week. I was out at Sonoma with my oldest and one of his friends on a weekday afternoon. The water was perfect, nobody on the lake, 95 degrees and just a light breeze. Best day on the water for me this season by far, maybe ever. Feeling my jumps, noticing things about my balance and position and cut that I'd never experienced before. I got excited and started working on getting W2W toeside. Usually I bail out on the cut, bailout in the air, let go with my back hand or just auger in. But that day it just clicked and I got W2W toeside. After about the third time I was in the air and had the thought that I could do a TS FS W2W 180 and I did it. It just blew my mind. The only thoughts I ever have in the air are unprintable. So, naturally when I got home that night I told the rest of the family about this incredible day and they looked at me like, "what are you so jacked up about, we're hungry." Two days later I'm out on the lake with almost the whole family, wife, 3 kids, a couple of their girlfriends and our tagalong boat son. I'm anxious to show them my new tricks, especially because nobody on my boat goes W2W toeside. Of course, nothing has been said (we're kind of a competitive group) but I can't seem to get on the water. Everybody wants to ride first, and they are all killing it. Finally just before I can get my board down my 14 year old jumps up and grabs his board. He goes out there and throws down a nice looking method, never done before, and then HS W2W FS 180 at 75 feet about 7 feet in the air. Never done any W2W 180s either. He comes in and just gives me the Lance Armstrong over the shoulder look. I've been thinking about it a lot. What gets you pumped to try new things on the water? How do you stay inspired? How do you inspire others?


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