old are you?
What is your current residence? Orlando,
Where did you train to become a Pro?
Winter Haven, FL with Shannon Starling
How long have you been a Pro? 16
Which Moomba boat do you train behind?
Moomba XLV Gravity Edition
What color and graphics package do you have?
All white with Gravity Games graphics
Best compliment received about your boat….
Can you please make the wake smaller?
What is the student’s response to the boat
you use for the training clinics? One of the first things
the students like is the vast space in the cockpit area, and the ample
amounts of storage the boat offers which I take full advantage of
with storing all the O'Brien product I carry on my tour. Such product
includes storing 30 pairs of boots in the rear compartments of the
boat while ballast is full. Then after getting behind the boat they
are in awe of how large a wake I can produce and also how I can control
the shape of it with the wake plate.
What trick do you teach your beginning, intermediate
and experienced wakeboarder’s during your clinics? The first
trick I teach after getting the student up is how to ride the board
opposite foot forward. Then for the students that are intermediate,
I work on edge control so they can throw their first invert such as
a Back Roll or a Tantrum. For the experienced rider, I watch to see
what they are able to throw and then advise them on how to take their
tricks bigger and how they can get an extra spin out of the trick.
How much ballast weight do you use?
I have 1100lbs in the front and 1300lbs in the rear.
What boat speed do you have drivers tow you?
What is your rope length? 87’
What board do you use? O'Brien Alias
TT for wakesurfing and the O'Brien Valhalla 139 for wakeboarding with
How often do you train? Whenever
the weather is nice. In Florida that is almost all the time.
What was the first trick you learned?
What is your favorite trick? My
favorite trick is the one that went the biggest that day.
What was the hardest trick to master?
The Wilde Experience Summer Tour - Through special arrangements with Skiers Choice, and O'Brien Watersports and your local dealer, The Wilde Experience can be scheduled to come to your town. Featuring on-the-water wakeboard clinics conducted by a professional rider Russ Wilde with 15 years of instructional experience, you can improve your wakeboard skills and see first hand what a difference riding behind a Moomba can be. A 2009 Moomba XLV equipped with many premium options and filled with the complete line of O'Brien wakeboards will be available during the clinic to try first hand. Check with your local participating dealer for more information on the The Wilde Experience and make your reservations.