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Can you give us a little info about your wakeboarding
AR: I started riding last May when I went out to stay at
Steve Mckinley and Chris Canuels house in Orlando and at
that point I wasnít really riding with a coach or
anything just with all of my buddies in the OGC,
Steve-O, Henshaw, Evan, Chris and the whole crew. We all
just rode together everyday pushing it as hard as we
could and just riding for ourselves. I was also riding
with Mike Ferrarro as much as I could but his schedule
is kinda hectic so its hard to get a session.
SC: How would you describe your riding style? What
other sports have influenced you and your riding?
AR: Style is everything to me, I think my style is
mostly influenced from skateboarding, because you need
so much more board control on a skateboard and I think
that helps all board sports, but my main thing
wakeboarding has been to go big and stay clean no matter
what Iím doing.
Has your 3-event background helped your wakeboarding in
many ways? Why the switch to wakeboarding?
AR: Yah I think its helped me for sure, edging and
riding behind a boat, working around a handle on all the
tricks and stuff but Iíve actually wanted to wakeboard
for a long time I just was so far into waterskiing in
comps and stuff and my parents had put so much money and
time into it I felt like I would be letting them down,
but last year I just realized that I was doing something
I didnít like so I pretty much just packed it up and
started doing something that I really have a passion for
SC: Can you give us a little insight as to what
youíre throwing down at the Pro Tour these days?
AR: I just try to put together 2 solid passes going big
and staying clean with lots of technical moves and
getting down on the rails.
Whatís the most challenging aspect for you of being on
tour for the better part of the summer?
AR: All the traveling and lack of just free riding,
sometimes cause of all the comps I find myself doin' it
for the wrong reasons instead of just riding for myself.
SC: What is your favourite trick?
AR: Thatís a tough question I like doing a lot of
tricks, probably my favorite is a tantrum to blind, cab
3, or switch pete just cause I really dig the feeling of
being able to hold the grab just like you can on a
SC: Do you spend a lot of time wakeskating? Any plans
on competing in any events this year?
AR: Yah, I wanted to ride the pro tour but I forgot to
sign up in time, but I put myself on a waiting list for
Wakestock so hopefully that works out.
SC: Which riders do you enjoy watching & who has
influenced you the most?
AR: Parks has always been my favorite rider so I guess
heís influenced me the most but a lot of skateboarders
have had a huge impact on me not only skateboarding but
probably more my wakeboarding just having a balls out
attitude and being willing to put your body on the line,
I also really like to watch Kevin Henshaw ride cause he
is such a well rounded rider and flows better than
anyone makin' everything look so easy.
SC: Who are your current sponsors & what
board/binding setup do you use?
AR: Hyperlite, Oakley, Air Nautique, Deviate Boardshop,
Excel Wetsuits, O-town, DC, Iím Riding Hyperlites State
board and boots right now, I really like the way that
setup pops on both my toes and edging on my heelside, it
reacts fast for all aspects of wakeboarding which I
really like in a wakeboard.
SC: Where is your favourite place to ride?
AR: Sproat Lake on Vancouver Island, and Radar in
SC: What are your goals and plans for the remainder
of this season?
AR: I wanna place high for overall on the tour and just
keep riding good and having fun.
SC: If you could spend a day wakeboarding with
anyone, who would it be?
AR: Probably Jamie Thomas he's been one of my favorite
skaters for a while and I think it would be rad to ride
with him cause I'm pretty sure he would rip.
SC: What do you like doing when youíre not
AR: Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Wakeskating, building
stuff, looking for new spots, filming, watching
wakeboard films, getting haggard with the OGC
SC: Who would you like to thank?
AR: Props to Jeff and Paul at Hyperlite, Matty and Derek
at Oakley, Ryan and Curtis at Correct Craft, Kris and
Jon at Deviate, Murray Fraser who gave me my first board
and has helped me so much, thanks to everyone on
Hyperlite for makin' me feel so much apart of the team
and pushin' me, also like to thank everyone at O-Town
Glen, Melissa, Brad and Kyle, I want to thank my parents
for supporting me, the whole OGC.