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Old                05-12-2005, 6:17 PM Reply   
Who can remember back to 1999? The world of wakeboarding was just about to blow up, but nobody was out there shooting video magazines yet. WAKEtv hit the scene and made heros out of extraordinary riders like Andrew Adkison. I remember shooting a young rider formerly known as Froggy when he was only 9 years old and was still working on his mobes. I was shooting for WAKEtv Issue #1. Today, Phil Soven is all grown up and he's made his mark on this sport. I'm proud of every rider who made the cut and got some exposure on WAKEtv. I remember all of the festivals that suddenly came out of nowhere, all of them trying to be as cool as the very first LSF. WAKEtv was the only thing we had back then. Can you remember? I can. I remember Corey Kraut and Mark Kenney and Shawn Akers. I remember each day we invented a new trick and the development of wake-specific boats. I remember the Wakelist, all the love and the community that developed around the sport. We've come a long way, haven't we.

Today, we have videos galore, new boats and boards that put the old Baby Blue Byerly to shame. Yeah, I remember the day that Mike Weddington won Worlds, do you? Wakeboarding has come a long way, but we still have so much to discover. Who knew there was a Whirly Dick hidden inside a little kid named Phil? I did. I knew it all along. From 1999-2004, my life was dedicated to promoting the sport of wakeboarding, all the riders, all the events and all the fun. It was great and I wouldn't change a minute of it. And it excites me to see that all is still alive and well, years after the fact. WAKEtv ruled in it's day. It was the dedication to the riders that put WAKEtv in a league of it's own. Yeah I remember all of that and much, much more.

Peace to all who ride.
Steve DiGiacomo
(Formerly known as Jocko from WAKEtv)

Old     (wazzy)      Join Date: Nov 2001       05-12-2005, 10:22 PM Reply   
You will ALWAYS be known as JOCKO from Wake TV in my eyes bro!!!!

I got to meet Keith Lidberg last year at Indy and brought up his segment in Wake TV..... he was floored that I mentioned that!!!

JOCKO, you opened my eyes to the world of wakeboarding and for that I Thank You!! Remember to keep in touch!!


(Message edited by wazzy on May 12, 2005)
Old     (dcervenka)      Join Date: Sep 2002       05-18-2005, 12:49 AM Reply   
did your domain expire?
Old     (levi)      Join Date: Feb 2001       06-07-2005, 8:21 PM Reply   
Ahhh....good ol' WakeTV!
Old     (eccpaint)      Join Date: Feb 2002       06-15-2005, 10:13 PM Reply   
We want more Wake TV!!
Old     (isler)      Join Date: Apr 2003       06-16-2005, 2:38 AM Reply   

I remember. Here's a photo from 2002, of you hard at work with your live broadcast at Trophy Lakes:

All the best,

Mike Isler
Old     (poon)      Join Date: Dec 2001       06-19-2005, 11:22 AM Reply   
Jocko, bring it back.
Old                06-25-2005, 10:14 PM Reply   
Ah, good old WakeTV. It's funny that I ran across this thread...check out the t-shirt hangin on my chair in the attached pic...LSF '98. Back before it sucked.


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