Jeff Langley has slowly been sneaking onto the pro wake scene with mind-blowing moves and, quite possibly, the biggest wake-to-wake air in the business. The first video I saw him in reminded me of the first time I watched Randall Harris ride in person...it didn't look humanly possible to land from those heights!
As you can see below, Jeff is a man of few words. However, look further down to the photos and video and you'll see that his riding speaks volumes.
WW: What is your full name, age and where are you from?
JL: Jefferson Shay Langley Jr. Rome, Georgia.
WW: Where do you live now?
JL: Orlando, Florida.
WW: Do you still remember that first time you picked up a wakeboard?
JL: Yep, at a YMCA summer camp up in Atlanta. I think it was a Wake Tech.
WW: How long have you been wakeboarding?
JL: Since 2003 or 2004.
WW: How did you get to the point where you decided to make a living wakeboarding?
JL: I never really decided I was going to be a pro wakeboarder. I was bouncing back and forth from Georgia and Florida with random jobs and realized that I wasn't happy without warm weather and wakeboarding. Then I found myself wakeboarding more than anything else and it finally happened.
WW: Will you be competing on the Pro Tour in 2013?
JL: There is a good chance.
WW: Which is your favorite tournament or event that you never want to miss?
WW: Where is the coolest place for wakeboarding that you’ve ever traveled to?
WW: Where is the coolest place for other stuff that you’ve traveled to because of wakeboarding?
JL: I went to Indonesia for the grand opening of Epic Cable Park and took a few days to go surf Uluwatu Beach in Bali.
WW: What’s the last “real” job you had?
WW: You are an instructor at The Boarding School. How did that come about?
JL: Travis and I go way back. My dad taught Travis how to ski back in the day and we have known each other for a long time. I have always loved watching Murray ride, so I would go ride there whenever I was in town and over the years I just started working there.
WW: What’s the best part about working there?
JL: Calm water always!
WW: What’s the worst part?
JL: There really isn't a bad part about it,
WW: Who is a better boss, Shaun Murray or Travis Moye??
JL: It's a tie...for last place. Haha. The best crew in the business.
WW: I’m sure nobody has mentioned this before, but you go pretty big when you’re wakeboarding. Do you have a way of landing to reduce the impact from coming down from such heights?
JL: Yeah, keep it wake to wake.
WW: What’s the worst way to land?
JL: Just past the trough or catching an edge.
WW: What trick do you take the biggest?
JL: Doubles off the double up.
WW: What’s your favorite trick to do?
JL: Pete Rose.
WW: What trick do you get the most compliments on?
WW: Was there a rider that you looked up to when you were coming up?
WW: If you couldn’t ride like you, who would you ride like?
JL: Josh Twelker
WW: What board and bindings are you riding and why?
JL: Board: The Bruce, because it is my pro model and I designed it. Boots: Nomad, because they are the most comfy.
WW: What rope length and speed to you prefer?
JL: 75 and 23mph
WW: What are your goals for your wakeboarding career?
JL: To travel to all parts of the world and make it last forever.
WW: If you could give every amateur wakeboarder just one tip to improve their riding, what would it be??
JL: Learn it switch.
WW: What are your top five favorite bands/artists that you’re listening to right now?
JL: Imagine Dragons, Foster The People, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LeBlorr, Wiz Kalif.
WW: Any word of advice for all those youngsters trying to go as big as Jeff Langley?
JL: Keep it fun!
WW: Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
JL: O'Brien, Ten-80, The Boarding School, Ambush Board Co. and Stance Socks.