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Eric DeeganWW: Let’s start with some stats... Name, age and where do you reside?
ED: Eric Deegan. I am 27 years old.  Reside in Conroe, Texas.

WW: How many years have you been wakeboarding?
ED: I have been wakeboarding for about 11 to 12 years.

WW: Who introduced you to the sport of wakeboarding?
ED: I was introduced to wakeboarding through a friend of my dad's on Lake Conroe back in the early 90's. It was the Wake Tech Eric Perez twin tip. I believe one of the first twin tips to come out.  Still have to this day.

WW: Where do you usually ride?
ED: I usually ride on the upper San Jacinto that feeds into Lake Houston and SetX Lake out in Beaumont, Texas.

Eric DeeganWW: Is there a bit of a wakeboard scene going on there?
ED: Yeah, Houston has quite a good wake scene stretching to all sides.  Hopefully there will be some young rippers coming out of the woodworks in the near future.

WW: Do you ride with a set crew of people or do you mix it up a little?
ED: I ride with the same group of guys mostly ranging from four to five different boats.  I like to change it up though and ride with whoever is going out and doesn't mind my company.

WW: What kind of boat do you usually ride behind?
ED: Boats that I mostly ride behind. I like to keep it diverse and ride whatever, but my favorite would be X-Star and the Nautique 210 and 230.

Eric DeeganWW: How about your wakeboard set up?
ED: I ride the S4 board with the closed toe Watsons.

WW: What do you enjoy most about wakeboarding?
ED: My favorite part of riding is hanging out with friends on the water having fun and relaxing. The feeling of landing a new move is pretty awesome as well.

WW: What do you like to do when you're not wakeboarding?
ED: When I'm not riding I like to hit some rails on the homemade winch, ride some dirt bikes and play soccer.

WW: Do you have WakeWorld.com set as your home page?
ED: I don't even know what my home page is, but I sure can make it my home page.

WW: Are there any tricks that you are working on or want to work on?
ED: Tricks that I'm trying to get consistent would be switch toe 9, switch heel mobe and toe back 5.

Eric DeeganWW: What would your ideal day be like?
ED: My ideal day would consist of sleeping in till 9:00, which is late, and riding till dark on a sunny no wind day with all my bros. Then party into the night.

WW: You won the last SetX Midsummer Classic, right?
ED: Yes, this was my third year out at Midsummer Classic and my first to win.

WW: What did your winning run consist of?
ED: My run consisted of a stale glide, moby, bat wing, skeezer, toe off 5, slim chance, indy toe back 3, whirly, mute wing and switch toe 7 with the Lucky Devil rail hit on each pass.

WW: Pro wakeboarders… who would be your top three and why?
Eric DeeganED: My three top riders? That’s tough.  I give respect to all pro riders who can hang with the stuff that’s getting thrown these days.  I would have to say Andrew Adkison, Tino Santori and Danny Harf.

WW: Are there any spots that you are hoping to ride one day?
ED: There are no specific rivers or lakes that I wouldn't want to go to if I have the chance.  I would like to hit up all the cable parks in the U.S. to experience the different obstacles and environment.

WW: Got any words of advice to those that are starting out?
ED: My advice is having fun and more time on the water equals better riding, in most cases. Don't stress on one move. If you can't do it, then move on and it will come to you later on down the road.

WW: Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
ED: I would definitely like to thank M2 Sports, Dockside Marine, Darryl Moore Marine and all my buddies that allow me to have time on the water. Couldn't have done it without you guys. Thanks.


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