Unfinished Business | …20 Years Later with Brian Grubb


Brian Grubb has arguably done more for wakeskating this past 20 years than anyone. Red Bull has done several videos with him that have helped expose wakeskating worldwide. One of the most iconic memories we have is the first cover of Alliance Wake Magazine. As Alliance is celebrating 20 years they dropped something really cool. Shane and the Pointless guys decided to recreate the old cover, but the big public reveal is he didn’t actually make that rail hit back then, but now he intends to. This is legendary on so many levels.

“With little hesitation, Brian Grubb took aim at this rail on his wakeskate and on the first attempt nearly went full-pull, sending the rest of Pointless into a frenzy. Although it wasn’t a complete “make,” the attempt alone would define not only Pointless, but Grubb’s future path. At that very same moment Grubb was stamping his mark on wakeskating, we at Alliance Wakeboard Magazine were putting together our inaugural issue – most importantly, selecting our first cover. The cover of any magazine is the most coveted, and celebrated, form of recognition in any board sport. We understood that our first cover had to be a statement. Not only as an image, but as a direction, and ultimately, a VOICE. Grubb’s attempt at THIS rail, on a wakeskate, was a defining moment not only for him, but perfectly timed for the statement and history Alliance hoped to make. For us, choosing the image was undeniable and when the cover hit there was no question: Alliance, Grubb, and Pointless were moving the sport forward in a new way. This was not only our first cover, but Grubb’s as well. Pointless would soon debut Incomplete, and Grubb would earn Alliance’s first coveted Rider of the Year award. That’s a lot of history for one move, and a magazine cover that wasn’t a make.” Read More >

Space Tapes – A Global Online Team Video Contest

A Global Online Team Video Contest: Space Tapes

In case you missed the nearly 12 hours of Space Tapes live judges viewing party over the weekend, we’ve got your back. Watch all the videos here and see the reactions the judges had live as they had their minds blown. With more than 64 teams that entered this is – yup, going to say it – the LARGEST online wake contest to date. We are talking worldwide, people. Livestream parties are the future and stay tuned for the next round of Space Tapes as Wakeboarding Mag will be hosting the “Best Trick” and “Fan Favorite” very soon. Big shout out to all the judges for putting in the work and especially Bob for putting on the live feed!

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Welcome to C-SIDE

C-SIDE was started as a joke by my friends and I at the cable park a few years ago. Since then, we have started to push each other and other local riders to do their best. Here is some of the crew.

Jackson Kauffman:

Jackson Kauffman riding the cable park

Funny thing is, C-SIDE started out as a joke, but has now become something far more than that. From the painful crashes, late nights editing, and the hard work to help make things happen, it’s become something that keeps me stoked to keep pushing myself in wakeboarding. The guys we have on our team are some of my closest homies, and all have come to achieve the same vision of what we want to create. Stay tuned for what C-SIDE has to offer in the future; it’s going to be big.

Todd Allen:

Todd with the one footer in the hallway at Elevated Wake Park

C-SIDE is the gang. C-SIDE is the group of people that got me into wakeboarding. The kids in C-SIDE aren’t my friends; they’re my family. We aren’t the best riders in the U.S. and certainly not the best riders in the world, but we have fun. A lot of people take themselves too seriously, and you certainly won’t find that here. C-SIDE is not about doing the same competition line 800 times or crying and pitching a fit if you don’t get first place in the novice division of a meaningless regional competition. C-SIDE is about growing the sport, getting as many people into riding as we can. Honestly, C-SIDE is about doing whatever we want and not what we don’t, on and off the water. We had a blast filming at the home park these last couple of weeks, and I hope that shows in our videos. Enjoy, get on the water, find your crew, and do whatever YOU want to do. Read More >

Get the Shot with Rod Winner – Hudson Gentry

We developed the coolest wakeboard contest ever: Get the Shot with Rod!

After reviewing all of the submissions, Hudson Gentry was selected as the winner and Hyperlite put Rodrigo Donoso on an airplane to shoot with Hudson on Lake Hickory in North Carolina. Not only is Rod an amazing photographer, he’s also a great judge of character, and after the shoot was super impressed with Hudson. When Rod labels you a cool dude, it’s high praise in the world of wake. Rod said he really enjoyed his time with Hudson and his family.

Born on the 4th of July in 2009, Hudson began wakeboarding at age 5 on Lake Hickory. Ever since, he’s been a huge fan of the sport always looking forward to his next adventure on the water. Hudson entered his first competition in 2018 at the Fire in the Core event, hosted by SouthTown Watersports on Lake Norman in Mooresville. Competition definitely grabbed Hudson’s attention and he’s been accumulating podium finishes ever since. Hudson competed in the Jr. Boys division early on and is now in the Boys 10-13 Anything Goes division. It’s one of the most exciting divisions to watch on the WWA wakeboard circuit. The level at which these groms ride is incredible. Read More >

Leaf a Legacy – Cannes Film Festival

The world premiere of the Straight8 film competition at the Cannes Film Festival made the top 25. Our film “Leaf a Legacy” featuring Jake Ramsdell was a smash hit and well received. Written by @reesedaquin and myself, Co directed 🎥 by @reesedaquin and @g_cottrell , and scored by Uncle, Nathan Frimmel and myself. Normally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival;
The stipulations are you must make your entire film on one roll, and send the audio in separately. Because of this we have not seen the piece ourselves! So during the premiere will be our first watch! Couldn’t be more proud of the team and thank you to @buywake and @leafskates for the support of the film. Wishing we could be in France for the premiere! Thanks @straight8 Read More >