Rider Link: Brandon Poser
- Author: Arun Frances
- Categorized in: Articles, Interviews
WW: Let’s start with some stats…name, age and where do you reside?
BP: My name is Brandon Poser, I’m 34 and live in Bakersfield, California.
WW: For how many years have you been wakeboarding?
BP: I’ve been on a board for about 11 years.
WW: Who introduced you to the sport of wakeboarding?
BP: When I lived in Seattle, my buddy had a boat and we all put money in together to buy a Flight 69. It was early fall, and I got up on my first pull. I was hooked. A few months later, I moved to Bakersfield and have been riding ever since.
WW: Where do you usually ride?
BP: Most of the time we ride at “Bakodise,” which is a private lake nearby. I also spend some time at Buena Vista, or any other place that I get to go.
WW: Is there a bit of a wakeboard scene going on there?
BP: Yeah, I would say there is. We spend a lot of time on a private lake, so we don’t see it as much, but there are a lot of new boats in town and we when we ride on Buena Vista we have to be selective when we head out.
WW: Do you ride with a set crew of people or do you mix it up a little?
BP: I usually ride with my boy Chuck Hester or the homie Ricky G.
WW: What kind of boat do you usually ride behind?
BP: Since I don’t have my own boat anymore, I’m usually behind Chuck’s Malibu VTX or Ricky’s Enzo. The wake on that thing is just plain stupid.
WW: How about your wakeboard set up?
BP: Right now I’m on a 2012 CWB DB9 with some AA boots.
WW: What do you enjoy most about wakeboarding?
BP: Personally, I enjoy the freedom that I feel when I’m on the board. Everything that is going on in my life just floats away when I’m riding. The great thing about wakeboarding is the ability to personalize it. No two people do the same trick the same way. But without a doubt, spending time at the lake with friends and family is what I enjoy most.
WW: What do you like to do when you’re not wakeboarding?
BP: I’m usually at work like the rest of us normal people. Other than that I’m hanging with my family and watching my son Hudson grow like a weed, mountain biking or working on my '64 Cadillac De Ville.
WW: Do you have WakeWorld.com set as your home page?
WW: Are there any tricks that you are working on or want to work on?
BP: I’ve been on a spinning kick lately. I’ve been working really hard on landing blind and making my spins look really stylish and smooth. I have a lot of tricks that I’ve landed once or twice and/or very close to: roll to blind, tantrum to blind, Petes, heel back 5, toe 7, cab heel 7, whirly and a few others.
WW: What would your ideal day be like?
BP: First, I would have to have a 30-hour day. Everyone, including my son, sleeps in until like 9ish. That’s late I know. Have a great breakfast with great coffee and then we’d roll to the lake. Of course we would be the only boat on the water, very little wind and the gas tank would never drop. The wake would be massive and we would all have killer sets. My son would even take a set. We would top it off with a sushi dinner, some sake and then nighty night.
WW: Pro wakeboarders…who would be your top 3 and why?
BP: Well, that’s a tough one. I don’t think that I could pick just three because I really enjoy watching all of the pros. Mark Kenney for sure. His riding was way ahead of his time and he just plain killed it. Another rider is an up and comer named Josh Twelker. That kid has so much style. People need to take note; he’ll be a style master for a long time to come. Remember Igor Reoutt? That guy ruled! I watched his section in Connected about 50 times and it never got old. I totally loved his style; pure west coast. He has definitely inspired my riding.
WW: Are there any spots that you are hoping to one day ride at?
BP: Oh man, there are so many! Shasta, Powell, anywhere in Hawaii, Australia, those aqua blue rock quarry lakes that are in wake vids. Just about any place where the water is flat really.
WW: What is the coolest thing you have done because of wakeboarding?
BP: Well aside from all the places that I’ve traveled to ride, and the people I have met, the video/photo shoot that I did for Playboy last summer tops the list. It was for a series called Bad Ass. Nothing like naked chicks, wakeboarding and naked chicks wakeboarding to make you smile.
WW: Any words of advice to those that are starting out?
BP: Have fun! If you’re not having fun, then what’s the point.
WW: Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
BP: Fo Sho! First, I have to thank my wife for putting up with my habit. She totally rocks. Chuck Hester; you’re my boy blue! Thanks to Ricky G for pulling me around the lake. Steve Bates, CM Slocum, Doug Cannon and everyone at CWB. Eric at Cire, Thomas Freshley at Kicker, Brett Guerin at CTI, and Ariel at Pro Tec. And I can’t forget about Shaun and Travis over at The Boarding School. You guys are the best! Without everyone’s help, I wouldn’t be where I am today, so thank you.