Raphael Derome‘s comeback collaboration with Jonathan Ferguson won Best Web Video at the 2011 TransWorld Wake Awards, but it was far from alone. The number and quality of web videos is growing every year and 2011 featured dozens of killer projects. We took a look back at the best wakeboarding web videos of 2011 and narrowed it down to our 10 favorites. Without further ado, in no particular order:
Nike 6.0’s Retention Pro/Am Invitational at Ben Horan‘s backyard setup in Nahunta, Georgia, was one of the coolest events of the year. The resulting video was one of the coolest of the year too.
This was our first look at the Fox Spine Project, which was the foundation for the crazy games of W-A-K-E and S-K-A-T-E that went down at the first-ever Fox Spine and Swine.
This is borderline unfair, considering the production level of Danny Harf‘s Defy. But not including this trailer among the best wakeboarding web videos of 2011 would be more unfair.
This video from Thai Wake Park served as further notice that Nico von Lerchenfeld has arrived as one of the world’s best rail riders.
Four minutes and five seconds of why Dean Smith is one of most fun riders to watch today.
They had us at “This river is infested by piranhas! And they’re more real than 3D ones.”
Again, this almost unfair. And again, it would be unfair not to show you Chris O’Shea’s ridiculous wrapped stale 7, which was just one of the reasons he and In-Transit director Josh Robinson won Best Wakeboard Video Performance at the 2011 TransWorld Wake Awards.
Sure, it was our event, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t produce a handful of the best videos of the year. Here, Scott Byerly, Brandon Thomas, George Daniels and Bret Little get creative with a slew of ladders, several dozen cans of spray paint and an out-of-commission Nautique.
Devise and Conquer winners Obscura offer their take on the apocalypse.
2011’s Best Wakeskater Andrew Pastura and Best Video director Tad Mathews at their best.