The Interview: 20 Questions with Andrew Adkison

Words: Jennifer Ross Photo: billdoster.com

1. How did you become pro? Blood, sweet, tears, tons of water time and help from many people.

2. What was your favorite trick when you first turned pro, and what's your favorite now? Hard to say, but I've always liked being able to link tricks into a line without falling.

3. Who is your favorite rider and why? Shaun Murray.  He's a great dude on the water and off.

4. What is the hardest thing about being a professional wakeboarder? I'd say the travel, however, that's also one of the best things.

5. What would you be doing if you weren't a pro wakeboarder? I'd be trying to be a pro wakeboarder.  I'd probably be a doctor, lawyer or Indian chief.  Before riding became the full-time gig I was going to school full-time, but even then my goals were to do something with wakeboarding.  I'm addicted to it.

6. What is your biggest goal to accomplish this year? I have many contest goals, but a lot of my goals are also media based.  I enjoy passing ideas on to WBM and watching us make them happen.  I'd like to finish in the top five of every ranking list.  I also want to add to my bag of cable tricks so I can compete in the WWA Wake Park World Series next year.

7. What are you most proud of in your career so far? I feel more blessed than proud.  Wakeboarding professionally was and is my dream.

8. What's one thing you couldn't live without on a daily basis? My wife, Iris.

9. Any pets? I have two dogs.  They're both long-hair Chihuahuas named Mic and Tula.

10. Who are your sponsors? CWB, MasterCraft and Summit Marine: Hydraulic Boat Lifts, but I've got some more in the works.  I'll keep you posted.

11. When are you going to land a mobe 7? Hopefully soon. It's been a while since I've given it a go, but I'll be trying it more leading up to the start of the season. It's go time.

12. You are Captain Consistency on the Pro Tour, is 2009 going to be any

different? I hope it's not going to be different other than a few new tricks.  I'm riding a ton to get ready for it.

13. How do you mentally/physically prepare for your pro tour runs? All the preparation happens in the weeks leading up to it.  It's all about getting the water time.

14. Do you watch other riders or just go out and do your own thing? Yes and no.  I really plan out my run according to how I want to use the course, but I do watch Phil and Watkins because they tend to have the best course management.

15. Any new tricks we should know about? You know, some of these, some of those. I'd rather just let you see them.

16. What's it like being on Team CWB? Awesome!  It's a great group of people who all have the same passion—"Your Mom" jokes and wakeboarding.  Not just the team, but the reps and the crew at the factory are all extremely fun to be around as well. It's a team I'm proud to be a part of.

17. Any new video sections coming up? Goals for them? I'm honing in on who I'll be filming with, but yes, I do have big goals.  The last time I filmed for a major part I was juggling it with literally 25 pro events.  It turned out great, but I see more for myself in a video section.  When I do film next I want to make it my main focus.

18. Where is the next place you're traveling to? I arrived back from the Philippines yesterday and will actually be in Florida until the beginning of May when I head out to CIE Spring Ride in Nor Cal.  After that I'll be on the road every weekend until August.

19. What's going to be new and exciting for your Tour run this year? The D.R.I.V.E. format really focuses on quality over quantity and now that we have had a season to feel it out, I'm going to focus on not having any weak points in my run.

20. Can you really land every variation of 360 wrapped? Well, I've never done a switch toeside backside off axis 3, but I've landed every flat 3 wrapped at one point or another.  That makes me wonder if any rider has done every variation of a 3 on and off axis.

21. What's your middle name? Danger. No, it's actually Scott.