Know More: JB O’Neill

JB, one of the largest launches out of the  Quarter Pipe at Cables. PIC: Steph Caller

JB, one of the largest launches out of the Quarter Pipe at Cables. PIC: Steph Caller

“I honestly don’t like the word can’t ; I believe that anything is possible.” JB

JB O’NEILL showed up so effortlessly that it’s as if he’s been here the whole time—“Do you know JB O’Neill?” “Oh yeah, of course!”—But, as it turns out… I didn’t. A Texas local, who has—like his riding compadre Graeme Burress—pioneered the video edit genre. Let’s get to know him, shall we…?

Someone told me you were from Australia, where are you actually from? I am from Austin, Texas; but am currently living at Cables Wake Park.

How long have you been riding? One year on the cable, nine years on and off on the boat.

You seem to have made a name for yourself from edits, was that intentional? It definitely wasn’t an accident. My contest riding is extremely unpredictable so I just started editing videos.

What’s more important to you, sponsorship or peer respect? I would have to say both are very important to me, because my sponsors are super good to me, and who wouldn’t want respect?

Boat, cable or both? I definitely like the cable, but I’m going to have to say boat! It’s so much more legit, and it’s where I learned.

Your first wakeboarding memory? Going out on my dad’s old Sea Ray trying to get up on a wakeboard like a slalom ski, I thought it was so dumb that I didn’t try it again for a year.

Where do you ride? Wow, quite a lot of places, I have been at Cables Wake Park for the last three months, but at home in Texas I ride boat on Lake Austin and cable at BSR! I also spend a bit of time in Orlando riding on Lake Conway with the crew.

Who do you ride with? My dad, Sid Steiner, Dowdy, Gunner Daft, Graeme Burress… the list goes on forever, ha.

One thing you would like to do but haven’t? Get a cover on Union!

One thing you would like to do but can’t? I honestly don’t like the word can’t; I believe that anything is possible.

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