Trevor Hansen has been one of those guys pushing the sport since the early days of this industry. From his world renowned camp to his wake to wake double flips, Trevor has been there helping to grow wakeboarding to what it is today.
Unfortunately, this summer Trevor checked himself in on the injury list for the first time in his career with a knee injury. Something as major as a blown-out knee would crush most people's confidence down to nothing, but Trevor is different. Trevor's attitude toward his situation is very calm, cool and collected. He knows what is in store for him for the next year and he knows he will be back on his same game soon.
I had the chance to sit with Trevor and get his own words on the whole thing and we even talked a little wakeboarding despite it being difficult for him to do so. So enjoy getting to know Trevor a little more than you did before.
WW: Hey Trevor! How has your summer been going? Still out in Groveland with the WWC camp?
TH: We actually just moved in March. We bought a house in Clermont, which is the next town over from Groveland. It's been a great move for us. We were on the water in Groveland, but we lived on the canal to the lake. The house that we are in now is right on Lake Minnehaha. It's been awesome to be able to live right on the lake and be a little closer to a bunch of the guys I like to ride with.
WW: Now it’s my understanding that you have had a first-time knee injury this year? What exactly happened?
TH: I was out riding on July 5th with Rusty Malinoski and Kyle Rattray. The Washington PWT was just a couple days away, so I figured I would hit a double up and practice a double back roll before I went to the contest. I did what I thought was going to be a perfect double, but when I came down I overshot the wake just a little bit and the landing was too much for my knee to take. I ended up tearing my ACL, MCL and meniscus.
WW: So you already had your surgery, which means you will be back on the water soon right?
TH: Yeah, I had surgery on the 15th of July. I had to be in an immobilizer for three weeks and then was able to start light rehab. The doctors were able to repair everything and get it back to the way it should be in there. They told me that I should be able to ride in about six months and will be 100% by 12 months. So my goal is to work as hard as I can in rehab and try to get this knee feeling 110% ASAP. I want to be stronger than ever when I start riding again.
WW: What have you been doing with your time since you can’t ride yet?
TH: I have been spending a ton of time with my family. I have a 16-month old little girl and it's been awesome to be able to be at home and spend time with her and my wife. I have also had Tony Iacconi, a Jr. Men rider from Australia, living with me for the past six weeks, so I have been out in the boat every day pulling him and a couple other guys riding. Tony got here three days after I had my surgery, so having to get in the boat and pull him just four days after surgery has helped me mentally so I don't go stir crazy sitting in the house.
WW: Do you have any new tricks or have anything planned for wakeboarding as soon as you are cleared to ride 100% again?
TH: I am trying not to think too much about what I want to do with my riding right now because it will drive me crazy not being able to go and do it now. But, yes, there are a bunch of tricks that I would like to do and try. The riding level just keeps getting higher and higher every year and I am looking forward to getting back out there and trying some new stuff.
WW: As soon as you get on the water again, what will your first trick be?
TH: Well, I will probably have to ease into riding again to build some of the muscles back up in my knee and to also build some confidence that my knee is going to be all good. This is the longest that I have ever been off my board since I started riding when I was 10, so I am itching to get back out there already. To answer the question though, I have always thought that I could do a Pete Rose no matter how much time I was off the water, so that may be one of the first tricks I test out!
WW: Do you remember the day that you decided you wanted to pursue a professional career in wakeboarding?
TH: Not really. I don't remember ever making that decision. I just kept getting better, kept learning new tricks and then I started getting sponsored and winning contests. I guess it would have happened at some point where I would have thought, alright this is what I am going to do for a career, but I just don't remember when that happened. I just know that I have loved this sport since the first time I did it and haven't ever wanted to do anything else.
WW: What’s it like to land the double back roll, especially wake to wake?!
TH: It's a pretty cool feeling. Off the double up it’s a lot different because you can speed up or slow down depending on how big you go. You are in a lot more control because you have time to make a decision. Wake to wake the decision happens before you get to the top of the wake. You cut hard, get to the top of the wake and throw the flip as hard as you can. The sensation of flipping over twice is something that you just can't get from any other trick unless it's a double.
WW: Now you are a part of a select few professional siblings in this sport. What’s it like to also have your brother, Reed, as a pro wakeskater? You guys planning on taking over the whole industry someday?
TH: It's honestly awesome having Reed being one of the top wakeskaters in the world. I think that there would be a different dynamic if Reed was wakeboarding. Because he wakeskates and we don't really have to compete against each other or fight for sponsors or coverage, it makes it so that we can always be happy for each other. We get to enjoy the sports that we love and still be in the same industry and travel the world together. Reed is an awesome brother and I love being able to spend time with him doing what we both love doing
WW: Do you enjoy any other sports besides wakeboarding?
TH: I enjoy tons of stuff. I am a big fan of pretty much all sports; surfing, NASCAR, football, basketball, golf, UFC. I really enjoy being out in this world that God created for us, so I do a lot of fishing and hunting. My latest favorite thing to do is golf. I am not sure what it is, but there is something about the complete concentration that is required to hit that little white ball and get it where you want it to go that I can't get enough of.
WW: What do you think you would be doing if wakeboarding didn’t exist?
TH: Well, that is really hard to say because I started riding at such a young age and I have been doing it for so long that it is my world and I haven't even tried to envision what my life would be like without it.
WW: Who did you look up to when you were first starting to come up in the ranks? Does he know that you looked up to him?
TH: I looked up to a lot of guys. Shaun Murray was a big influence. I also really liked watching Scott Byerly and Thomas Horrell. I always really liked Parks’ sections in movies. I would watch his section over and over. His ability to always look in control no matter which trick he was doing was pretty unmatched.
WW: What would you say to all those young bucks out there that want to be just like Trevor Hansen?
TH: Don't! Hahaha. Not because I am not an awesome person (because I am, hahahaha). I would tell kids to be themselves. Have fun riding and if you work hard and stay focused on your goals to be a better rider, you can make it happen. There are a lot of kids out there with a lot of talent but you might have heard this saying before: "Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard."
WW: Would you like to give a shout out to anybody out there in the wake world?
TH: Absolutely! First off, I have to thank God for giving me the ability to be a part of this awesome sport. Thanks to my wife Kaley and my daughter Taylin for all your help and support. My Parents, brother, sister, my in-laws and the rest of my family. CWB, Supra, Roswell, Anarchy, Performance Ski and Surf and Proline. Thank you very much for your years of support. I wouldn't be able to do it without you! Thanks to all the fans and people that enjoy the sport of wakeboarding. See you guys on the water soon!