Man, that Nabisco hook-up was awesome. Back in 1998 we organized 20 wakebaorders to do a photo shoot for a special trip edition Launch Wakeboard Magazine (Which later became BlueTorch which later became Alliance). We opened the trip to anyone who wanted to come and Erik was one person who replied. Well, Erik, who worked for Nabisco, shows up with two WAREDROBE boxes filled with cookies, cupcakes, doughnuts and other sweet treats. Erik single handedly turbocharged everyone on the trip!
As foir living in New Jersey, my wife and I are both from here and wanted our children to be raised near the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. There are a ton of good places to ride and there are pockets of committed riders (NJ Alex being a top dog in this category) who ride all teh time. In fact, the riding spot close to my home here in Southern New Jersey that I have ridden teh last few seasons is perfect for wakeboarding.
As for riders switching board sponsors, usually very little is made of it.Years ago the story was a little different, but times were much more turbulent in the wakeboarding marketplace. Obviously Darin is a big name and brings a lot of attention, but everyone has has known each other for a long time and it really won't ruffle any feathers. Some of the mid level guys on LF might wonder if marketing and advertising chances they could have gotten will now go to Darin, but you really can't argue about what Darin has done and what he brings to the table.