Brett Eisenhauer

  • Brett Eisenhauer has literally exploded onto the contest scene this year, powering into the wakes and going about as big as anyone on the Pro Tour. His giant S-bends and whirlybirds are what the crowds come to see, and he always delivers. While the 21-year-old Aussie's riding style is pure power, off the water he's about as easygoing as they come. Here's the lowdown:

  • What's the weird name of that town you're from: Wugga or something?
    Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia.

  • How long have you been riding?
    Two years.

  • Do you own a barbi?
    Not here in the States.

  • You strike me as kind of a blue-collar guy. Any truth to that?
    I played rugby league football in Australia for four years at a fairly high level. And I did an apprenticeship to become a builder. But right now I'm just into wake-boarding.

  • Tell me about the new board you tried recently.
    I went out for a spin on Shannon's new board yesterday, and it totally changed my riding style. Lots of guys were giving me s*** because I rode such a short rope, and I wanted to lengthen it, but it never worked out for me. But I got on the new board and I immediately let the rope out, like, 10 feet and stuck a bunch of big 5s, which I had never done before. It's, like, a whole new thing for me. I'm really excited about it, because I think it's what the judges want to see on tour this year - variety.

  • So what are your views on the new tour rules?
    In some ways I like them a lot. If the water conditions are bad, you don't have to throw the trick that you wrote down, which is good. It depends on your mood, really, and keeping a good, clean run.

  • Who do you think's gonna win this year?
    Darin, I think. But Ryan Siebring can be really good when he gets it all together.

  • Do you see a day when you win it?
    You wouldn't compete at such a high level unless you aim to be the best, right? I think there's a chance.