(Rider: Gerry Nunn; Photo: Bill Doster)
But back to you, do you have a chance to see all these guys? Absolutely. As out-of-towners invade O-Town this spring break, they're sucked right into OWC's tractor beam due to the easy access and low cost for unlimited water time. Being able to mingle with pros is obviously an added bonus. On any given day, star-struck faces populate the deck as the worn out pages of their latest WBM come to life.
Last weekend, a carload of Appalachian State students rolled into OWC in their sport-utility vehicle which was wrapped tightly in a collage of wakeboarding stickers. They were fresh off the road from Boone, North Carolina, in search of some riding. These guys were quite the WBM gurus, and as they stepped out of the car, they bumped straight into Tony Smith, editor of Wake Boarding magazine. "No freakin' way!" muttered one of them. Points go out to them for actually knowing who Tony was; we often try not to claim him. Seconds later, "Back Cover Boy" Matt Staker walks up, and these guys were bllown away. They looked like a bunch of little kids on Christmas morning.
Two days later, these spring breakers were back. This time, they got to ride with Darin, Shaun, Parks and about ten more of their idols. Videographers and photographers lined the banks as Parks busted out the "Indian" line. This line is so short that it doesn't even reach the water hanging straight down (Parks has been known to reach heights up around 35 feet as he flies around the corners). This was so amazing to the North Carolina boys that one actually dropped his board straight to the ground as Parks busted his first S-Bend.