int or were scared to say. I've never written an article trying to call people out or anything like that. It's just that people have heard what others have said from a different side of the sport, which I try to represent or at least look up to. I guess I've been targeted as the person that's been saying everything for so long, I guess I just realize that there is a lot more than what's in the magazines and television. A lot of kids don't even realize that. They just think that Thomas, Chase and Matt have a beef with this whole other side of the sport, as if this group just evolved over two weeks or something. Just putting a name to it is totally crazy. I never tried to split anything or try to cause a bunch of controversy. I just want people to understand that there are different sides to this sport. It was taken all in negativity, and that was never, ever, the intention. It was just a matter of getting the information out that there's a lot more to wakeboarding than what you read and what you see."
Chapter 9 - Religion
"My parents never really pushed religion on me. They supported it but never really pushed it on me. As a kid we went to sort of a normal church, where everybody was sort of bummed on everything; everybody had long faces like they didn't really want to be there. It was kind of a routine thing. I never really dug it. I didn't like it at all. Then I went through some weird times in my life where a bunch of crazy things happened. Then I went to this other church with one of my buddies, and it was totally different. We thought is was pretty weird and outrageous, but we kept going. I started to take God a little more seriously, but it took a different setting. Religion isn't for everybody. I don't think that pushing anybody into religion is the way to convince them. I don't think everybody can get into something like that, but for those that have always known only this little bitty piece of religion, there's a lot more to it than that. It's been kind of a weird road for me in relation to where God wants me to be or what I'm supposed to do with this part of my life. I think that I came to the realization that it is just about me having fun and being happy."