“It wasn’t that I didn’t want to Wakeboard, it was just that I began to question what I was really trying to achieve…”
He’s got to be one of the top 5 most recognisable names in Australian Wakeboarding ever, if not the world. You already know everything about his journey but what do you know about his end?? No longer will he be out there beating his head against wind swept choppers, so he can hold his board up high in front of the twenty people that stuck around. Nope, Deano as he’s affectionately known, is calling it a day.
To use a cricket analogy, you’re pulling up stumps?
Yeah, I’ve been thinking about it a lot over the last 2 years or so. Maybe even 3. Not saying that I was ready to retire then, but I simply started to put thought to it. During the season I never quite felt the competitive spark that I had once had. It was the first time I’ve ever felt that way. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to Wakeboard, it was just that I began to question what I was really trying to achieve, particularly with the level of riding now.
How will life be different for you?
I’m actually looking forward to settling down in Australia. I’ve been living in ‘never never’ land for so long, and lived a very detached life. Now with a family, I’m looking forward to being at home and Wakeboarding for fun and no pressure.
How long have you been riding ‘pro’?
My first “pro event” was in 2003 but my rookie season in the USA was 2004.
Are you keeping your sponsors?
I’ll still be attached with Ronix with my Darkside board just being released. I’m stoked this will be my 10th pro model.
What’s you’re favourite moment of the last 14 years?
Wow, tough one. Winning the ‘Tokyo Pro’ was pretty rad. Having just become a father 5 weeks earlier there was a lot of emotion in it. Winning ‘Worlds’ is obviously a big moment, but I think just living and traveling with the lads in the Aussie refugee camps. So many piss funny memories from living with Ike, Scotty and Hank, then filling up Parks’ 3 bedroom house with Scotty, the Mackey’s, Kallas, Mitch, Carnie, Christian Fitzpatrick, B-Rad and BP to the same crew in the Blue Circle. Proper lifelong memories.
Anything you wish you had done?
After watching BP build his van, I’d have probably done that and done the whole gypsy thing for a season.
Probably too many to list! Plus I’d be worried about missing someone, so I’ll keep it simple: thanks to anyone that has crossed paths with me over the years and become part of the journey. It’s been a fun ride! The biggest thankyou is obviously to my wife, Amber. She has been there in tough times and picked me back up. Thanks for always pushing and supporting me. And clearly my parents for giving me the chance to pursue my dreams.