The Reader's Poll, an institution of Wakeboarding since 1996, has long been your way to voice which riders are your favorites. Yes, it's a popularity contest. And yes, it's now heavily influenced by individual riders' social media followings (but social media is a popularity measuring tool of its own). Most importantly, none of those things are bad. The Reader's Poll is a reflection of you, the fans, and without you none of the riders (or us at the mag) would be here. This year's Reader's Poll was one for the record books, literally. The response was by far the biggest in the history of the franchise, and the results as a whole aren't too surprising, but there is definitely one big one for a first-timer.