There comes a time in every athletes career where they are faced with a choice. You either sit on the sidelines and watch, or you chase innovation. You chase your dreams, you set goals and keep working hard. No matter what life throws in your face, there is always a way around any obstacle. While this is such a basic concept, there are only a list of few elite athletes that truly understand this concept. People like Michael Jordan, Sydney Crosby, Shaun White, Ryan Villopoto, Kelly Slater, Michael Phelps, Tiger Woods, and others. Being an elite athlete doesn’t mean that you are just really good at a sport. There are many athletes that are really really good at a particular sport, but aren’t seen as “elite”. Being elite is taking that extra step. Having your mind, spirit, and body in sync. Working out for an extra 20 minutes, getting to bed early instead of going to the bar, waking up early so that you can get the butter sets, eating right, studying film, and the list could go on and on. When you’re elite, its your whole life. Pleasure quickly turns into business when you are on an elite stage. While some people are sitting on the sidelines, others are chasing new tricks and new gold medals. Thats who I want to be. I want to be just like Shaun White, Michael Jordan, and Tiger woods. I want to chase my dreams, and accomplish things that people say are impossible. I want to be the guy that when all odds are against him, he rises from the bottom and shocks everyone. When it’s time for me too forever hang up my board, I want to look back and know that I really went for it, and want to go down in history as one of the best ever. Now, will that ever happen? Will I ever be remembered as “The best ever?” Who knows. I will never know how people perceive me now and in 10 years. But Im going to do my best to never be forgotten.
Our colorful neighbors to the North at Jibtopia have been charging it lately. This dog friendly edit features plenty of DIY creative goodness. Press play and start dancing already.
Although we don’t know much about Stephane Tranne and his enigmatic wakeboarding career, we certainly remember his small part in the vintage Hyperlite team flick HYPE. By 1998’s standards Stephane’s riding was extremely technical. Just watch this old contest footage that surfaced last year and you’ll see exactly what we mean. Stephane, if you’re out there, you have a beast of an OHH.
As a man you have one opportunity to do the biggest surprise of your life, your proposal. Check out how Matthew Gencarella popped the question…via wakesurfing tandem .
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Keith Lyman recently strapped into his re-designed Slingshot pro model to cut around a bit. Keith hasn’t missed a beat on the water – same Keith, same style, same integrity. Press play and enjoy this rare chance to see Keith rip out on the water.
“We were lucky enough to catch up with Keith recently and take a ride with him on his new 2014 pro Model. The man has still got it…Watch him in action and hear what he has to say about the completely re-designed 2014 Lyman Pro Model.” – Slingshot Wake
Note: Keith retired from wakeboarding in May of 2011 to pursue a career and lifelong goal of serving in the armed forces. More info on Keith and his retirement.
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