I suppose Shane and Parks Bonifay aren't much different than any other pair of 12- and 15-year-old brothers. They fight, they argue, and they fight some more until someone calls for "Maaa." Just your typical brothers ... except perhaps that Parks is arguably the best wakeboarder in the world, on television nearly every week, getting boxes of free clothes sporting labels his peers pay dearly for, making more cash than most guys' dads do, and traveling around the world on a sponsor's dollar.
Then there's 12-year-old Shane, who is to wakeboarding what Tiger Woods is to golf. Shane's future is so bright (to borrow from the cliche) he has to wear shades ... which, fortunately, Oakley provides him with quite handsomely. For his feet, Shane points out the eight pairs of nearly new Reef shoes in his closet: "One for each day of the week - plus another." Shane's future is so promising that sponsors are throwing product and money at him faster than most 12-year-olds throw papers at front doors.
Oh, yeah, one last thing: Parks and Shane live in a house on a lake where up to 18 teenage girls come and stay each week to learn swivel skiing at their mom's ski school. Other than that, their lives are completely normal.
So, with the new Suicide Machines CD in the background on Parks' 400-watt surround-sound stereo, we began to talk. You'd think riders so hot, so popular, so in demand would be big talkers. Hardly. Parks is shy, but fortunately Shane has a lot to say.