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Joe GradekWW: What's your name, age and where do you live?
JG: My name is Joseph Gradek, I'm 14 years old and live in Ukiah, California.
 
WW: What got you into wakeboarding and how long have you been at it?
JG: I got into wakeboarding after my family purchased a boat and I have now been wakeboarding for seven years.
 
WW: What was your first set up and what set up are you riding now?
JG: My first set up was a Hyperlite Voyager with Split bindings and I'm now riding a 2011 Hyperlite Tribute with Byerly Onset bindings.
 
WW: Where's your favorite place to ride?
JG: I love to ride Lake Pillsbury, but I am down to ride any water.
 
WW: Tell us why you love wakeboarding.
JG: Wakeboarding is the place to be. It's my fun time. I love the feeling of landing new tricks and love being able to help friends with new tricks too.
 
WW: Does your family wakeboard too?
JG: My parents have both ridden, and occasionally my sister. I love Joe Gradekto see them ride and share the passion for it.
 
WW: What is your favorite trick and why?
JG: My favorite trick I've mastered is most definitely my heelside back roll. It's become so fluent now and feels almost like a simple wake to wake jump.
 
WW: Are there any riders that inspire you to be better?
JG: Mike Schwenne and Aaron Aubrey are my biggest inspirations. You can see the passion they have when they ride and have mastered killer tricks that I'd like to have down someday.
 
WW: So you went to West Coast Camps again this year. Can you tell us about your experience there and what you learned?
JG: This was my second summer at West Coast Camps and also my second year as a team rider. This year I stayed for two weeks, giving me a lot of time to work on new tricks. By the end of the two weeks, I had down my toeside frontside 180, heelside frontside 180 and a couple other tricks I'm still working on. One of the biggest things I learned at camp was to just have fun. Everyone has their bad sets some days, but you can't let it get you down.
Joe Gradek
WW: Who was your favorite coach at camp?
JG: I'd have to say Brandon George, AKA BG. He was always making me laugh.
 
WW: Are you working on any new tricks?
JG: The two biggest tricks I'm working on now is a toeside back roll and a toeside frontside 3.
 
WW: Do you have a crew that you ride with?
JG: I'm here and there between Lake Pillsbury and Lake Mendocino, but enjoy riding with Aaron Aubrey, Blake Cannon and Walt Leonard.
 
WW: What's your favorite boat to ride behind?
JG: A slammed Sanger V215.
 
WW: You've competed a few times at the Nor Cal INT. Tell us how your INT experience was and how you did.
JG: I really enjoy competing in the INT. Both years have been a positive experience for me. My first year competing I was fourth overall and at the INT stops 3 & 4 I placed first in the Jr. Intermediate division.
 
Joe GradekWW: Do you have long term wakeboarding goals?
JG: Yes I do! Ride for as long as I can and someday I hope to be a pro and see myself in magazines.
 
WW: What is your favorite wakeboard video?
JG: I'd have to go with the Parks Documentary. It's just so amazing how he started on the water at six months old.
 
WW: Are you involved in any other sports?
JG: Wakeboarding is definitely my number one priority, but I also enjoy football and wrestling.
 
WW: What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on the water?
JG: Hands down, when Kellen Parker ollied over me when I was in my little Gregor boat.
 
WW: Insert your thanks here.
JG: First off, I give thanks to my family for the support and time, accompanied by Blake Cannon, Walt Leonard and Aaron Aubrey. And a special thanks to West Coast Camps for the help and encouragement for the past two years. Also, Norcal INT.



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