Dylan Miller- Pushin’

If there is one aspect of wakeboarding that I love the most it’s snowboard style.  What?  Yeah…snowboard style.  Dylan has these quirky moves that I’ve seen in snowboard videos for years.  Butters…gnarly taps…gap to wall rides and so on.  Dylan’s edit that was put together by Taylor Hanley is hands down one of the sickest ever.  Peep Dylan getting himself into some sticky situations and coming out super clean.  Just wait for the rail to lake.

Pushin’ | Dylan Miller from Taylor Hanley on Vimeo.

Justin Lee “Saturated”

Ambush Wake Team rider Justin Lee isn’t just some new kid on the block learning to ride cable at Terminus.  Justin is a young seasoned rider who possesses his own cable park in his back yard and has been to more cable parks than you would know.  Justin can now be found at the new Terminus Wake Park in north Atlanta on a regular basis.  Home court advantage is real.  Watch Justin’s new edit and peep for yourself.

What did I just watch?

Unless you have been under a rock for the past 11 years then you know watching Danny Hampson and Aaron Reed ride behind a boat is nothing shy of magical.  Watching these two dance on the water brings an almost calming affect to the soul at times.  Well not this time…Dan basically just gave me a heart attack with his back to back trick selection and both Dan and Aaron’s lip tricks are a node to the Sfumato days.  Do yourself a favor and enjoy a couple ole river dogs getting down behind Aaron’s new boat.


Shop Danny and Aaron’s wake skates from Liquid Force here

What time is it?

Today was a good day.  Apple launched their new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and I for one couldn’t be happier.  See I paid $500 last year for a iPhone 5s 64GB and i’ve loved it ever since.  It has a killer camera and my slo-mo videos are off the chain!  Now with the ability to do MEGA SLO MO at 240fps I can slow down every wake trick and analyze the tar out of it and ultimately gain more wake knowledge right?  Apple blew my mind with the phone and then went straight for the head shot with releasing the Apple Watch.  They took a category they have never been in and will now surly dominate it.  So what are your thoughts on this invention of a true “Smart Watch”?

Best part is you ask anyone what time it is….they pull out their phone.  Apple Watch

Video Is King

 

The days of waiting ’til the end of the year for a video to drop are basically gone.  It wasn’t long ago we had to lurk the pages of Alliance Wake Mag to see images of Justin Stephens shooting a film in order to get excited for its releaseor even know that the release was coming.   Nowadays we get to stalk Sean Kilgus as he takes us through the filming process with some behind-the-scenes clips and get amped again for a physical copy to be released (Prime coming soon, yo!).  Yet I have to admit there is something absolutely magical about downloading a film like Drop the Gun.

Today, viewing content is all about the convince of my iPad and streaming video directly to my big ass TV 8 ft in front of me.  I mean…is it laziness or convenience that makes me glad that I don’t have to get up and put the disc in, or search through dozens of DVD cases to find what I want to watch because I blew it and didn’t put it back in the right case?

It’s both.

Don’t get me wrong.  You know I’ll happily get off my ass to put in Push Process DVD or re-do the cables so I can watch Sfumato on VHS.  They are classics and their intrinsic value is in their format.  I want to watch them in the way in which I’ve always watched them.  Downloading and/or streaming wake content to view digitally has simply become the new standard.   Let’s be honest – if every wake video from back in the day was digitized rather that put on DVD, I’d bet 90% would go with the digital version.  Why?  Lazy or convenient?  Again, it’s both.  Today’s generation want what they want and they want it now.  I myself would like to own hard copies of a ton of older films in which I’ve worn the VHS out or simply lost over time, however I too am slipping into the crack of convenience.

Regardless of the format, video was and is king.  Today we are inundated with killer web edits from the best riders from all over the world.  It’s how we really get to learn about new riders, see what new tricks are being landed, or check out exactly what that new cable park looks like.  We are all about the web edit.  Spreading out content in a miniseries vs. an 18-minute edit just gets me.  It’s like the ultimate tease at the end of a House of Cards episode where I’m like, “There goes my night.  Now I have to watch the entire season tonight.”  Take Shredtown, for example.  These dudes from Texas roll out footage of some of the most unique riding ever seen and we, the collective internet lurkers, were like “Holy sh!t these dudes are fun” and couldn’t wait for the next video.  From your 15 seconds of Instagram fame to multiple-part series you are more likely to have higher engagement today more than ever with video.  You want to get recognized?  Make a video edit.  You want to be sponsored?  Make a video edit.  So this goes out to all the lake crews out there riding with their buddies and who believe that they are killing it.  Make a video and show everyone how much fun you are having.  Tag all your stuff appropriately and send it to the manufactures and retailers (like us) and I bet you we will share them.  Video is and will be the number one way for us to grow and spread the industry of wake.  That or when the mental image sharing thing happens in the future.