Do you see a mega-house compound happening? You know, if you and Jimmy just knocked down some walls and made one big Adam and Jimmy lair? I think what you’re referring to is converting the houses into one big, enormous, amazing, lovely, mega-house?
And you’d have Jeff Langley be your maintenance man? Yes, Langley’s role would be appearing, disappearing and doing things nonstop. We’d never know what he was doing, but he’d always be doing something. Unless he is sleeping, then you just can’t get a hold of him.
It’s no secret that you and Jimmy both wear energy drink diamond pendants. What’s up with that? Well, Ruck, I’ll tell you a little about that and by that I mean this.
Hey, isn’t that a Pete Bonifay line? It could be, Ruck, it could be.
OK, moving on, you have one of the smoothest, most relaxed styles out there. How did that develop? That’s a good question. You’re just born with your own style. Who is to determine style?
Yeah, but you have some guys with super-intense style and some who just look like they’re on their own time frame. I’m not saying one is better, but I’ve always been into the relaxed style and making things look effortless. I hear ya. There are guys who muscle tricks around and there are guys who just look natural. There are a lot of guys who make it work, and for some guys it just works for them. I’ve been blessed because things come naturally to me. I feel like that just flows into a more natural style.
What and who influenced you on a wakeboard? Well, it turns out, Shaun Murray and Gerry Nunn lived a bike ride away from me growing up. Two totally different styles of riders, but two very influential riders nonetheless. As soon as I started riding with Shaun and Gerry, I was let loose. I wasn’t just training for the Pro Tour, I was free-riding. That’s what wakeboarding is all about — riding with your friends and riding with people who push each other and influence each other. Riding with Ferraro was incredible, but riding with these guys was a whole new experience. After that, I had a whole new outlook on style and how to look at tricks and wakeboarding as a whole.
What is your favorite part about riding for Ronix? The family aspect. Ruck, you can agree with me that it’s a true family. The thing about Ronix is that every person is involved for the right reasons. Everyone in the company is trying to better wakeboarding, better the products and better everyone as a person.
To better the industry as a whole. Exactly! We’re a small company with a huge impact. If you haven’t seen Defy, see it. That basically sums it up. Our entire team is dedicated to what we believe in. We have everyone from Dieter Humpsch and Reed Hansen, the most incredible wakeskaters, to you and Danny Harf, Parks Bonifay and Chad Sharpe, innovators of the sport. To be a part of that is just the best feeling ever.
What’s your favorite Radar Lake story? So I’m on a golf cart a couple days deep into our Radar adventure, and people are getting crazy on the carts. Parks and Danny flipped one down the back big hill. I was driving out of tent city, which is where we all camp, and it was super-dark, impossible to see. I’m not going to lie, maybe I was a little buzzed up, as will happen in the late hours at Radar. I don’t really know what happened. I veered off the path, ramped off this stump and went fully airborne in the golf cart. I’m all alone because everyone is at the campfire. I fully get laid out and knocked unconscious. Luckily, Chad heard the crash and called my phone. He found my phone in the woods and then found me. He brought me to and back to tent city, where I could recover for the night. That is why we aren’t allowed to ride the golf carts at Radar anymore.
What was it like standing up at Parks’ roast? The Parks roast was the most nervous I have ever been in my whole life. I can deal with nerves very well. I don’t get nervous at contests, but put me up in front of all those people on a stage, and I am out of my element. I’m not a comedian. There were celebrities there and real comedians, and I’m supposed to make fun of the most iconic wakeboarder of all time. I sang a song, which you helped me out with.
Yeah, I remember I taught you how to stay in time. Yes, you did, but all I could think about is, “What if these people don’t laugh?” I was last to go before Parks went and I kept thinking someone will mess up or won’t be funny, but everyone just kept getting better and better. I held my own, though, and it was really fun.
Tell us about Team Tigé and the new TransWorld WAKEBOARDING Z3. I’m so pumped on what’s going on with Tigé. We have a new boat out that’s sick, and Danny Gutierrez has been killing it for the company in every aspect. Aesthetically alone, the boat looks amazing, and the wake is so clean and doesn’t wash out.
What do you want people to think of when they hear the name Adam Errington? We are all here for a reason. We all do this sport because we love it — whether we compete or we free-ride or ride rails or shoot photos. Whatever it is you do in the sport, I feel like everyone wants to leave his mark. I’m definitely in this sport for one reason and that is to make an impact. Whether it’s to influence a whole new breed of riders or to land a new trick that’s going to change the game.
What do you think will keep wakeboarding thriving? Bringing it up close and personal to the masses at arenas with indoor System 2.0 setups. With the new rage of kickers and double flips, the possibilities are endless. Last year, I did that double crow, and that was a huge step for me.
I was with you throughout that whole period of time, and seeing that trick and how stoked you were when you landed it was awesome. Its crazy how double flips are now stylish tricks. Well, kickers and cables are changing all of that, unless you’re Danny Harf or Jeff Langley booting out off of double-ups. The double flip progression will keep growing off kickers. There will be grabbed double mobes and double corks. People say you can’t do double corks on a wakeboard, but I think they have already been done.
What is wakeboarding really about for you? It comes down to one word and one word only, and it’s freedom! Freedom from, almost, reality. I have been involved with wakeboarding from a young age. I grew up with it, and it’s always been there for me. If I’m having a bad day, just 15 minuets on the cable can turn that day around! It’s that itch that you need to scratch. It’s just a release, being out on a boat with your best friends on a beautiful lake doing what you love. There’s no way you couldn’t find freedom in that.