One of the great things about wakeboarding is that every once in a while you meet somebody who doesn’t do it for the money or the girls or even the adoration of his peers; he just does it to ride. That’s Luke Wulf. “Grom,” as he’s known to his older brother Brendan (also a professional rider), is as naturally instinctive and stylish a rider as I’ve ever seen and lacks the trademark self-importance of many American pros I’ve met. He’ll be moving to Florida (from Australia) this season to ride with some of his idols and will probably give them a run for their money somewhere down the line. Word of warning: He’s too young to take to the bars over here, so make sure you don’t invite him out with you.
Tell me you started riding at least two years ago, or I’m going to feel completely lame.
Yeah, it was about four years ago at the cable park at home, on the Sunshine Coast. But only behind a boat about two years ago. Not every day though, unfortunately.
And you’re still landing double-up 7s and grabbing everything. How does that work?
I don’t know. I just love to go out and ride as much as I can, I guess.
I know you wouldn’t offer this info, but there’s some rumors that you stuck your first frontside 7 off the wake recently. Is that true?
Yeah, it was just off the wake, so I was stoked. But that day the wake was a really good size and everything, so that’s probably why I landed it.
Yeah, I’m sure that’s why. You’ve got a totally casual style when you ride, even though the moves you do are hard. Is that because of some influence?
I guess just a natural surf influence growing up where I did. I try to ride fluid, I suppose. As far as people influencing me, I’d have to say Gator, definitely. I met Cobe and Mike, and they’re really cool and ride amazing.
What’s the one thing you want out of wakeboarding?
Oh, I’d just love to be able to hook up with people and ride every season. I’m going to America this year, so hopefully I’ll get to ride with a bunch of those guys and have fun.
Punk. MXPX, Milincolin, Blink 182, Pennywise. Jazz and blues.
Jazz and blues? That seems strange for an 18-year-old Aussie wakeboarder.
Yeah, I love that stuff.
DoubleUp, Quicksilver and Arnette.