Put a new spin on your riding with Aaron Rathy
Words: Ben Greenwood
Photos: Chris Garrison and Spencer Smith
What sets the world’s best riders apart from the rest of the field is their ability to adapt to anything. Adaptation on a wakeboard can encompass the numerous disciplines: rail riding, contest results, kicker tricks, free-riding prowess, etc. Zoom in closer and you’ll find adaptation and variation within each of those disciplines. One rider who has proved himself more than competent in any and all areas of wakeboarding is 2009 King of Wake Aaron Rathy. A solid second-place overall finish at this year’s Red Bull Wake Open, plus his vast photo and video coverage, make Rathy a great candidate for anything relating to well-roundedness.
In this installment of How To, we focus on variations within spinning. We chose Aaron because of his mastery of three distinct axes on which to spin. During his domination of the 2009 competitive season, he used each (plus many more) of the following tricks on his way to one of the most successful seasons in wake’s history. Check out, from the Dominator himself, what it takes to control each axis and to bring your riding to the next level. While we can’t promise you tour victories and Wakeboarder of the Year awards, we do hope to open your mind to what is possible in your own riding.