FIVE : Mitch Langfield

Mitch in Europe. Pic: O'Shea

Mitch in Europe. Pic: O’Shea

“The System 2.0, in my opinion, is the best thing ever invented. F**k sliced bread; it’s got nothing on the 2.0!” Mitch Langfield

MITCH LANGFIELD truly is one of the most respected riders on the planet. In his own words, how did he get that way?

1. I’ll start with Contests.

As the contest orientated sport that wakeboarding is, or was, the only way to make a name for yourself was through contests. Therefore I learnt all the technical bullshit I needed to be classed as a ‘good rider’ and loved it at the same time!

2 System 2.0.

This machine, in my opinion, is the best thing ever invented. Fuck sliced bread; it’s got nothing on the 2.0! Brenton Priestley and myself are hooked up with Sesitec this year. This Aussie summer we are going to be setting up our own park! I’m putting this down as an influential moment in advance… I hope that’s not cocky?

3. Influential Riding Mates.

Matt Bradley, now that I think about it, played a massive part in making me think about style. I’d land some crazy new technical trick and be absolutely stoked, and as the boat came around to pick me up Matt would always have a massive smile on his face and say it “Doesn’t count until you grab it!!”…Thank you Matt! When I was 17 I went to the states for the first time by myself. I lived with Keith Lyman for a bit and then moved into a house that Parks rented out to Dean Smith, Scotty Broome, the Mackey brothers, Chris Kallas and myself. We rode every day 3–5 times a day and even if no one in the house wanted to ride (which was rare) I could shred with Chad Sharpe or Watson… I’ve never ridden so much in my life than in that year and I had all those boys there pushing and guiding me, which helped me grow in every way! Cheers for that, guys!

4. Cable.

Since I was 12 I have been going to Bli Bli Cable Park (now GoWake Cable Park) and I started riding rails back then. It was an alternative to riding boat when Somerset Dam was chopped out or even raining. Slowly I started riding cable a lot more. After my first two knee injuries I found it a lot more forgiving on my body, I wasn’t just booting into the air all the time, because there was something else to keep me occupied.

5. Europe.

I never had the urge to go to Europe until four years ago, because the boat scene is non-existent over there and I was mainly a boat rider. I just thought it would be some crew wearing gloves and doing air tricks… little did I know that the European cable scene is actually pushing the sport harder than anything else. The set up they put together at FISE every year is the coolest set up that we get to ride all year. How do they sort their shit out so much better than America? Cause they care about wakeboarding not money. Why was this such an influential time in my career? Because it was the start of the sport beginning to change slowly for the good, and I like to think that I helped that.

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