In the world of wakeboarding Blake Bishop is pretty well known thanks to his backing from us and Slingshot with his videos like Untamed and other selections, but what’s he really like off the water now that he is now creeping into his twenties?
Sure, he may still rep that Gucci Gang and 1000 BPM music every now and then, but there is another side to Blake that most wouldn’t imagine; he at heart is a calm kid who enjoys just getting away from it all. When you grow up traveling the world riding in contests and having you’re own personal cable park (#BTownCompound) what more would you want, right? Without diving into details Blake’s family now owns a new home on a shit ton of acreage and there are future plans to build arguable one of the dopest cable parks on that land. We’re very, very excited to see this come to fruition.
I meet my buddy and super talented photographer Bradlee Rutledge at Blake’s house in ATL in the morning a few weeks ago to catch up and get some images of Blake riding. It was that classic “let’s get some bangers” at his park initially, but I realized after a few short hours of hanging out that wasn’t what I wanted at all. It’s been done and, of course, we will do it one day, but I wanted to just hang with the kid. You see…I do think Blake has matured tremendously over the past 10-14 months and I was very curious to just see where his head is at.
Blake took Bradlee and me to his new property in Northern Georgia…and it’s out there. I don’t even think I had a cell signal for half the drive. After a gravel road or two and a few cow catcher gates I was blown away by where we had arrived. Without going into too many personal details of the property, lets just say it was the opposite of what I thought Blake liked or would even be into. The kid was grinning ear to ear and was itching to show me around the property on his new Kawasaki side x side. Draped in Carhartt, Blake looked the part of a damn country boy. We kicked it all over the property, from the highest point looking at what appeared to be the base of the Appalachian mountains to the low valley where the natural spring and the future location of his private park is. Quiet and peaceful is an understatement. We were in the middle of nowhere and he loved it. I can’t say that he will be getting any cowboy boots anytime soon, but if he has it his way, he would just stay there all the time I’m sure.
Bradlee took some pictures throughout the day and it’s hard not to see the calm, happy, and content Blake that exudes from him being at his property. I hope he stays focused and comes out swinging this year. I think the calm he is getting from being there will bring the storm out in his riding. Below are a collection of images and only a couple of riding shots. You would think we did a catalog shoot for Bass Pro Shops with these.