Nona Mini Jams has been a long-running local event series held at Nona Adventure Park in sunny Florida just south of the Orlando International Airport. With unique features like their Unit John Dreiling pro model obstacle, as well as a cool drop-down Unit feature, there are so many different lines the pros took on them, you won't be dissatisfied when you check them out in this edit. Better yet, you'll most likely end up being motivated to go hit the water that much more.
The cash purse for Nona Jams was the biggest one they had at one of these events with a whopping grand total of $2,500 USD. Needless to say, the riders were giving it their all and some of these tricks you may have never even seen before! Check out the video and our mini-interview with Open division winner, Guenther Oka.
WW: Years riding?
WW: Years pro?
WW: How many national and international titles do you have at this point?
GO: A lot. I think it’s seven national cable titles, 10 world cable titles and then a bunch of overseas wins as well.
WW: When did you become a Red Bull athlete?
GO: I signed with Red Bull back in late 2017.
WW: How do you stay so focused in every comp?
GO: Staying focused is the hardest part for sure. You just have to trust that all the preparation you did to get to that point will end up paying off.
WW: Heard you've been into foiling lately. How did you get into it and what do you like so much about it?
GO: The foil has been a total game changer for me. I started foiling as a way to try to help my ocean surfing when I couldn’t get out to the beach. Then it progressed into this full-blown addiction and something that opens up the opportunity to have fun on the water no matter the conditions and you don’t have to rely on a boat.
WW: Do you foil in the ocean or behind the boat more?
GO: When the waves are good, the ocean is the place to be on the foil. You can channel so much more speed and power out of the wave and that feeling is second to none. But don’t get me wrong, when I go out behind my Axis A24, it’s the perfect training ground to get time on the foil and cruise around the lake.
WW: What was the most memorable trip or contest or shoot for you this past year?
GO: Meagan and I recently did a trip up through Big Sur, California. That’s the first trip that didn’t revolve around wake we’ve had in a very long time. But as far as wake goes, any trip overseas is bound to be a good time when you’ve got the homies involved.
WW: How do you like the Nona Jams and what do you think about their purse they had for the most recent one?
GO: The Nona Jams are what we need more of in this sport. It’s rad that Nona Adventure Park is keeping the grassroots events alive and getting the groms involved in a series that preps them for the larger events over summer. I grew up on grassroots events and traveling throughout the Midwest to compete. It also is a huge bonus that they're willing to throw down some cash to have the local pros show up and ride. I think we just try to put on the best show possible and have some friendly competition.
WW: What's next for Guenther Oka?
GO: The future is bright for wake! I just want to stay as involved as possible and keep trying to elevate my riding. The level of the sport is progressing quick, so I just want to stay injury free and try to keep up with all the groms who are coming in hot.
WW: Special thanks to anyone?
GO: Big thanks to everyone who supports me and follows along with my journey through wake! I also couldn’t do it without Red Bull, Axis Wake, O’Neill and Liquid Force.