It's another great column from one of the top names in wake over the last decade, Randall Harris. As always, Randall digs deep to bring you the answers to the questions you ask.
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Q: Why were you in jail?
A: Well, congratulations Michael! Looks like you have won the award for Most Blunt Question of the Year! And it's only January! That's quite the accomplishment. Ha ha! Another great question! A question that gives me the opportunity to explain how God could save even a wretch like me! I'm not sure what trip to the clink you are referring to because there was quite a few. More than I'd care to admit to, but for the sake of glorifying God I will divulge.
In the midst of my drinking and drug-abusing career, I was an angry guy. When drinking, I frequently blacked out. When blacked out, I frequently went on destruction and vandalism rampages. When being pursued on foot by the police because of the said destruction and vandalism, I frequently perceived the situation to be an opportunity for cross training. Apparently, in that mind state, running circles around cop cars and running backwards while vocally expressing my appreciation for the city's finest was my favorite sport. I would run around, through and over buildings, charge through people's backyards, swim through lakes and hop fences like my own twisted version of American Gladiator. Whatever the scenario, the result was always the same. Beat downs, pepper spray, handcuffs and cop cars, followed by my coming to in a cold jail cell with no shoes, shirt or memory of how or why I got there.
Court cases and fines piled up and I became too familiar with the system. Charges normally involved vandalism, drunk in public and resisting/evading arrest. The occasional assault of an officer or destruction of property was thrown in because a policeman fell and scraped a knee while chasing me or crashed the cop car while trying to ram me into a wall. Now this all may sound funny, but it wasn't. These things are just the tip of the iceberg and that part of my life was a nightmare. Thank God I was saved and God opened my eyes to a better way of living.
Valla Con Dios
Q: What's up Randall? I'm glad to see that you're living a positive lifestyle and bringing that vibe to our industry!
How would you suggest I get more into the wakeboarding scene or motivating people to? I have lived in the upper peninsula of Michigan and have only found a couple of people who are not even close to dedicated to the sport. I recently moved to the lower part of Michigan and still not much luck with finding anyone to ride with and people that I do contact just are too lazy. I think about wakeboarding all day long. Just driving down the highway I find some sick or decent winching spots and have access to a winch, just no one dedicated I guess.
A: David, I feel your pain, man. That sucks! Dedicated riders are few and far between. I suggest getting a MySpace and a Facebook. Use those as tools to put it out there that you are looking for people to ride with. Look around cyberspace and see if you can find people that ride in your area and invite yourself. You could bribe friends and family by supplying them with new equipment and gas. Beyond that your only hope is to move to warmer, wakeboarder-infested waters!
Valla Con Dios
Q: Needless to say, you rock! Your style is FAT! I wish I could go so far into the flats! As a master of wrapped moves, could you explain how you approach the wake being wrapped. How do you transfer the weight with one hand on the middle of the body, etc.? I tried a wrapped backside 180 and I can't take a good cut with one hand.
A: Thanks Vince! Wrap tricks can be difficult. The approach is key. I usually spread the weight and tension evenly between both handles. When wrapped up and edging in for frontside spin tricks, I actually lean against the rope too. Squatting a little lower than normal while edging in wrapped gives you a better center of gravity and may prevent you from getting hucklebucked as you hit the wake.
One thing I still constantly remind myself to do when performing wrapped tricks is to leave the wake, get airborne, stabilize myself, then spin. If you spin right off the wake, you can end up flying through the air upside down, out of control and wrapped in rope like a yo-yo!
I don't suggest attempting a backside 180 for your first wrap trick. That is difficult because you basically have to yank in the big handle to your hip real hard in the middle of the air to prevent from spinning to 360. I suggest a heelside frontside 360 or toeside backside 360 for your first wrap tricks. Remember to get the pop, then let go of the little hand to initiate the spin, and always keep the big handle close to your hip so you don't get pulled off axis and catch an edge.
Valla Con Dios
Q: I noticed in one of your interviews you answered a question by saying it was a sin to worry. I was wondering if there was any biblical reference to that. If so, where? Thanks so much!
A: Good question Klaire! I love the questions that have nothing to do with wakeboarding! Ha ha! And you did me one better. It's a question about God! Yes, there is actually scripture to back up my seemingly fabricated statement about worrying being a sin. I know, I know, it's hard to believe because it's so awesome. The fact that worrying is a sin means we don't have to worry about anything ever! That's God's job! What a relief!
Mathew 6:25: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, what you will wear."
Mathew 6:27: "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"
Valla Con Dios
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