In our May 2013 Issue, we provided you with a “How To” with Oli Derome that was quite impressive. This article is one that universally applies to all riders. Regardless if you remember seeing it in last May’s issue, it’s time to review it again as we enter the 2014 season. Keep improving out there folks!
How-To: Master All – A guide to being an all-round rider with Olivier Derome
Words: Ben Greenwood
Photos: Bill Doster
With the ever-changing face of wakeboarding at a professional level, the riders who push the ceiling higher and higher are the ones who focus on all disciplines within wakeboarding. Wake mastery, rail proficiency, cable competence and a deep bag of kicker tricks are what today’s pros strive to obtain. As a predictable result, the riders who are at the top level in one or two areas have been able to adapt and progress in all areas. Be it handle control, aerial awareness, board control, strength building or general muscle memory, time on the water in one discipline will help with all disciplines.
Olivier Derome is one of the select few riders out there right now who can hang with anyone, anywhere, in every discipline. It only made sense that we hear straight from the utility man’s mouth what helps him carry out his wide variety of tricks in the vast arena of wakeboarding. Oli reminds us that free-riders and competition junkies can benefit from diversifying their skill sets. That’s coming from the man who has both games dialed.