Tell us about yourself?
Hi, my name is Fahud Abdul Muhusin. I’m 21 years old. I’m from Maldives, Kaafu Dhiffushi. I’ve been wakeboarding for two years now.
How many people are in Kaafu Dhiffushi, Maldives?
Around 1200 people live in Kaafu Dhiffushi, Maldives.
Do you remember the first day you stood on a wakeboard?
Yeah. I saw some guys from our island doing it behind their boat and I told them that I wanted to try it. Next day in the evening we picked up a wakeboard and I got up at first try.
Where do you buy wakeboards? Are there shops out there that sell wakeboards?
A local shop in Maldives or sometimes online stores. Yes, there are few shops that sell wakeboards and other water sporting accessories.
Where do you usually ride?
Usually I ride in a shallow lagoon in my home island Dhiffushi, North Male’ Atoll / Maldives.
How warm is the water?
The water temperature varies between 24-29 degrees Celsius [75-84 Fahrenheit].
Is wakeboarding a hobby for you or more of a lifestyle?
I’m doing it as a lifestyle, but I want to be a professional wakeboarder and compete in international contests.
Do you ride with a set crew of people or do you mix it up a little?
I’ll ride with anyone. Yeah, I do have a couple of friends that I usually ride with; Mujaa, Maadhey, Achuttey, Issey, Baley and Banboo.
Are there a lot of wakeboarders on your island?
We don’t have professional wakeboarders, but almost all of my watersport friends do wakeboarding.
What kind of boat do you usually ride behind?
Gulf Craft-Swan 20 and a custom made speed boat, but sometimes towing wakeboard with Jet Ski.
Do you have access to wakeboard boats in your area?
We have custom made boats which we use to wakeboarding even, but wakeboarding boats can operate in our lagoon area too.
How about your wakeboard set up?
Ron Marks Mission wakeboard with Race Up bindings. I’ve been riding this board for a while now.
What do you enjoy most about wakeboarding?
Getting in the water, riding with my friends, seeing they are learning new tricks, teaching new people and watching them fall in love with it.
Do you take the tourists wakeboarding?
Yes, we do take tourists for wakeboarding as our island has a few guest houses. Most of them are beginners in wakeboarding. I do give lessons to them.
What do you like to do when you’re not wakeboarding?
I like all kinds of water sports and photography. I surf or windsurf whenever I can. Otherwise, hanging out with friends and family.
Do you have WakeWorld.com set as your home page?
Oh!! No, but I do check website few times. I like the videos on the website.
Are there any tricks that you are working on or want to work on?
Learning a couple of new inverts and 360’s, just work on style and grabbing more tricks.
What would your ideal day be like?
Get up early in the morning, get in the water with my friends and do some awesome tricks and have a break and again off to riding at sunset.
Pro wakeboarders… who would be your top three and why?
Rusty Malinoski - For going big and powerful riding style. Shaun Murray, Danny Harf – I like their riding style.
Even though you wakeboard in paradise, is there anywhere else that you hope to ride one day?
Yes! There are many spots, but if I had a chance it would be Blue Lake, Florida. And I love where I am riding at now. The turquoise lagoon around my island.
Any words of wisdom?
Don’t give up. Just keep riding and have fun as much as you can.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
Yes, I would like to thank my whole family and friends. Friends that I mention above and the extreme sports photographer Rush Hassan. Also want to thank Christina and everyone that has helped me and Dhooni Ayya for some wakeboarding lessons. Thanks for the interview.