The Hacko in southern Sydney, or Port Hacking, is the birthplace of wakeboarding in Australia. It is a river that is synonymous with style, and I guess it is Australia’s equivalent of the West Coast. The riders who came from the Hacko, such as Jordan, Grant "Chief" Gettins, Harrington and Boyd always put emphasis on making sure the trick they were doing was done “right.” I feel lucky to have come from a river with such rich history. It saw the first twin-tip wakeboard shaped and ridden by Jordan and Chief in 1991 called a Cordial. It was a completely finless board resembling today’s flex boards with snowboard bindings that you would use shoes with. It would be the basis for some board shapes 10 years later from mainstream companies. They were developing different rocker patterns, both continuous and three-stage, which wouldn’t really be seen for another few years. Riding with these guys had a huge impact on my riding. I have never been recognized as a “style” rider, but I have always tried to make sure I stick to my roots and do everything right. I think riding with Jordan and Boyd helped my creative side in the sport and brought the fun aspect to my riding. I could go out and be stressed from a long contest weekend, but as soon as I’m back riding with the Hackos, I remember why I started! I came onto the Australian scene in 2000, right around the time the second wave of Hackos came through, including Broome, Amber Wing and my sister Hayley. We would go out riding every afternoon with up to eight people every day. We would ride doubles, see how big we could drive and hit starter-roller triple-ups and live and breathe wakeboarding. I have great memories on the Hacko; it’s home.