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Work Ethic+Passion=Success

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Keith LymanI remember when I first started wakeboarding I loved it so much that I literally could not stop thinking about what tricks I could possibly do next. I knew that I loved the sport and I knew I wanted to learn everything there was to learn. When I realized that people made a living from this wonderful sport I started thinking, "What better job could there possibly be other than to be paid to wakeboard?!" Work ethic and passion have taken me a long way!

If you are a rider who is in love with the feeling of being on a board and can't stop thinking about what trick is next. PAY ATTENTION! Wakeboarding is like an art; there are several ways to make tricks your own. Even though lots of people have done these same tricks before you, just about every single person has their own way of doing them. Wake to flats, wake to wake, poked, stalled, off-axis, on-axis, over the top, out the back, etc. Challenge your creativity, consider what tricks you already have in your bag and consider grabbing them a different way or poking them in a different direction or even adding onto them.

You would be amazed at how easy it is to take some of your tricks to an extra 180 or to grab and push the board out a different direction. You would be equally amazed at how some of your regular foot forward tricks can apply to switch tricks. Say you have a solid toeside frontside 360. Have you considered doing a switch heelside backside 180? No?! WHY NOT!? It’s a new trick! And it will improve your overall riding! This is the sort of creativity that pros have going on in their brains constantly!

Being afraid of crashes has two affects on people. It either hinders their ability to learn new tricks or people turn their fear into adrenaline and try the trick anyway. Sure, some tricks will come easier than others, but don’t let fear get in the way of at least trying something. Its only water and you could slow down, shorten your rope or even toss the handle before you go off the wake. Get creative. Learn something new!

So this summer re-evaluate the tricks you already do and consider if a current trick will help you with another. Can you do a good heelside frontside 180? What about a good back roll? Why not do the same take off as a heelside back roll with the handle movement and landing as a heelside frontside 180? That’s all a heelside back roll to revert is.

This story will cost you $2,000. I will accept payment in cash only. :) GOOD LUCK!


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