TORONTO, ON - Red Bull Canada welcomes world class wakeboarder Raphael Derome to its athlete roster. 20-year-old Raph, as is his preferred moniker, has been in, on or around the water in his hometown of Coteau-Du-Lac, Quebec since birth. By 18 months Raph was already on water skis following in the footsteps of his Dad, a former National Champion in water ski jumping. At 9 years old Raph got his first taste of wakeboarding when his brother, 7 years his senior, introduced him to it. Raph was a quick study and by the end of his first full year he had already learned inverts and was hungry for more. He excelled quickly and by 19 had claimed a Jr. Pro Men Tour Stop, a Jr. Pro Wake Games Championship, a Wake the Line Title and was named the Transworld Rail Rider of the Year in 2010 and WakeWorld Rail Rider of the Year in 2011.
After joining the Red Bull ranks, Raph was excited to don his new helmet and get to work on his professional to-do list. "It’s been my dream to be a Red Bull athlete for a long time. I am so stoked to make it official. I can’t wait to step up to the next level and I know Red Bull is probably the best sponsor you can get to achieve that goal." Raph will be spending the winter in Orlando, Florida honing his wake skills before returning to Canada in the Spring. "I can’t wait to work on a few different projects with them. I’m super excited about this whole thing!”
Raph joins an elite team of athletes at Red Bull and will fit in just fine. Congrats Raph, and welcome to the team!