Wakeboarding and wakeskating were heavily influenced by a visionary whom could not ever take the current state of the particular sport as acceptable. Thomas Horrell's outspoken and often times abrasive attitude towards what was proper in wake and what was lame often times earned him some backlash from fellow industry types. But nearly every single one of those people would have to admit, however many years later, that Thomas was probably right. He was amongst the first to show that a backside 180 into the flats done correctly was just as hard and impressive as any mobe at the time. After leaving his mark on wakeboarding and by abandoning foam top wakeskates for grip tape and really channeling his influence from skateboarding, Thomas can forever be hailed as the pioneer of modern-day wakeskating.