Conversations : Josh Twelker

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Double Grab, Double Boned.

A short talk with a tall man.

Josh Twelker, you seem like the new ‘it’ rider at the moment… how are you handling it?
I guess I’ve never really thought about it like that. It’s always been my dream, but I never really expected to be where I’m at. I guess I feel a bit more pressure now, but it’s always a thrill to accomplish new things.

How tall are you? I just measured myself. I’m just a quarter inch under 5’11”. Would you rather be taller or smaller? I never think about that. I guess I’m happy the way I am. Chriso says that guys your height are usually awkward looking on the water but you’re not. Is that a compliment, do you think? Chriso is a sick rider for sure, one of my favorites. So if he says I’m not awkward, I’ll take that as a compliment!

You’re in Al Sur and in Quiet Please, two of the biggest movies this of the last twelve months.
Yeah, it was pretty cool being asked to be in these movies. Filming Al Sur was a seriously good time with some great guys in Mexico. I made two trips to Mexico for a total of about four weeks. The Mexico trips were some of the most fun and most inspiring trips I have ever taken. I think Al Sur is a break-out film for my good friend Trever Maur! I’m stoked on the success it’s had so far. My part in Quiet Please was shot mostly on the Delta. We hit it pretty hard over the winter there to get the footage. Being a part of more than one full-length movie in one year was more stressful than I had anticipated. It was challenging trying to make my riding look unique in both videos. That pressure did make me look at my riding differently though.

“The Mexico trips were some of the most fun and most inspiring trips I have ever taken.”

How was it shooting Al Sur down in Mexico?
I really enjoyed the whole experience, but shooting in Bacalar stands out as a highlight for me. It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful venue for a wake film. The last shoot in Bacalar was at the end of the season, so everyone was killing it. In almost every set, something new and mind-blowing went down. Also, Valle de Bravo was a good time. The high elevation made it hard to get a big wake, so we mostly hit double ups all week. That was a super cool experience for me, because I usually don’t hit a lot of dubs. It opened my mind to a lot of possibilities. Our Mexican hosts were so good to us throughout the making of Al Sur. The wakeboard scene in Mexico has a really cool vibe, and I think Trever captured that well in his filming and editing.

How has life changed for you over the last twelve months?
The last year has been an eventful one for me. After Surf Expo I started working on my pro model board with Doug Cannon—CWB’s board shaper and all around product genius. We came up with what I think is an awesome shape. I’ve been riding it for a few months now, and I have to say it’s my favorite board of all the boards I’ve ever ridden. Another huge change for me was signing with Nautique Boats. Almost anyone who’s ridden behind a G23 will agree that it is hands down the best wake in the industry right now. I’m stoked to be able to ride behind one every day!

It feels like You, Derek Cook and Trever Maur – ‘The Delta Force’ are bringing back a) boat riding, and b) focus to the West Coast scene. Do you feel that way? Was it intentional?
We just go out and ride and do our thing. Our intention, I guess, is for all of us to ride with our own unique style. All of us really care about how our riding looks. We all work on making every trick look right, getting the grab in the right place, and making our riding fun to watch. If that brings attention to boat riding, and West Coast riding in particular, then that’s great. I think that we all just want to push our riding in a direction that gives legitimacy to the sport. It’s so fun to ride with a crew that looks at wakeboarding the same way I do. It’s nice that people notice and appreciate our riding.

How did the Delta Force get started?
I had known Trever a little bit through the West Coast grassroots wake scene. Also, he and my sister, Alyssa, worked together at Mike Schwenne’s West Coast Camps. Alyssa told him that he ought to come and live with our family and ride with us. Our family has a habit of adopting stray wakeboarders. One weekend when he was at the house, he just announced that he was going to move in. He did, and he lived with us for a year and a half. He’s been living at the Delta ever since. Cook has been around the Delta scene for a long time, but he moved out here full time a few years ago, and it was just natural that we all started riding together fairly regularly. The other member of the crew that can’t go unmentioned is Rodrigo. He lives in our town, Discovery Bay. We are blessed to be able to shoot photos with him pretty regularly when we’re all in town.

What is next for Josh Twelker?
Mostly, I want to keep making my riding look unique and push my style in a direction that I’m stoked on. I’m also hoping to do more full-length video projects in the future. I think I’ll most likely be spending more time riding cable, especially as we get into the off-season. We have a new cable park, Velocity Island. I’ll most likely be trying to push my riding behind the G23 though. To me there is no better feeling than a good boat set. Gotta stick with my roots!

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