ROTY Nominee : Raph Derome

VIDEO FOOTAGE ABOVE IS A CONDENSED VERSION OF RAPH DEROME’S WORLD OF XGAMES REALWAKE SUBMISSION. FOOTAGE BY JONATHAN FERGUSON
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WHO SHOULD BE THE UNION ROTY 2015?
“Who is the one that made the most impact on wake and brought the most? I really don’t know. I feel like most people that are nominated have their own good reasons.” RAPH DEROME

Raph is arguably the most talented wakeboarder of this generation. He’s consistently dropped mind blowing video parts every year for the last 5 years, not the least of which was Beyond Perception, released late in 2014, it took wakeboarding to the next level, raising the bar and setting the standard he took into his ‘hammer’ year that was 2015. With the level he hit in his XGames RealWake submission and his standout performance in LF-n’-Awesome his year was nothing short of amazing.

Best 2015 trip you went on and why?
I don’t have any stand outs, I honestly had a great time on most. Texas trip for LF n awesome, or maybe the 4 day Philippines trip with LF and the typhoon.

Favorite trick you landed on film for the year?
I don’t have one this year, unless Beyond perception counts, blunt BS 270 over the white closeout is my favorite shot I’ve filmed.

What would you say was your best video part of the year?
Beyond Perception? X games part.

Who do you think should be the 2015 rider of the year and why?
Based only on video parts. It’s hard to say. I think quality is more important quantity. Whoever that person is has to be the one that made the most impact on wake and brought the most? I really don’t know. I feel like most people that are nominated have their own good reasons. I just can’t find someone that stands out. It’s hard to name one, and if you do, you start naming half of the people.  So I will either say Oli because he is my older brother or Rathy because he is the ox.

Do you have many plans for 2016?
Not really it really depends on what pops up. I guess it depends on which video contests happens and which contests happen again this year, then it’s easier to choose if you want to film more or compete more.

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