If tricks are for kids, then Joel Cahill has a bag full. Recently, Tony Smith and I spent an afternoon with Joel out free-riding. Needless to say, we both got an eye full of what’s to come in our sport: moves like method mobes, huge blind 5s and the infamous “suicide 180” just to name a few. I don’t think Joel did the same move twice the whole time we were in the boat. I’ve known Joel for a few years now, and after seeing him ride, it was evident that he has got a serious vibe on the water. He’s grown up and developed his riding in the midst of a ton of talent, but that hasn’t affected his individuality. At 15, this guy is somebody you won’t want to take your eye off of – believe me – or you might miss something spectacular.
How long have you been riding?
I started three years ago on a skurfer behind a PWC.
Who influenced your riding early on?
Brannon Meek was living on the same lake at the time I was getting started, and we would ride together.
What are you doing when you are not on the water?
Um, I jump on the trampoline, skateboard and hang with friends.
Do you have a nickname?
Well, one day my brother just started calling me “the Bear.” I’m not really sure why, but it has seemed to stick. Now my friends are starting to pick up on it.
I’ve heard that you’re moving on to Lake Maitland in Winter Park. Do you think that Chase will make room?
Well um, we will have to see. I’m not going to intrude, but I hope we get a chance to ride together. I hear his boat’s got a gigantic wake.
What’s your favorite move?
Double-up handle-pass KGB and big, grabbed 360s.
What sponsors are supporting you?
FullTilt, Straightline, SMP and Rainbow