There are about a million things I could say about Zane Schwenk. In fact, after his more than two decades of enjoying wakeboarding to the fullest, there are very few things that haven’t been said about him at one time or another. But here’s my favorite: Countless people shared their first experience riding a wakeboard with Zane Schwenk, and he’s helped spawn the careers of so many pros — mine included. From day one, Zane has always been there, offering advice not just to better my career but better me as a person. And I’m not the only one he’s done this for. Zane’s house has an open-door policy for his friends to come ride together, hang out and even learn. He’s kind of the Master Splinter of wakeboarding, and his experiences as a rider and behind the scenes at some of wake’s best companies make him the perfect liaison for the sport. After all, Zane’s been riding since before wakeboarding was even wakeboarding, and he’s been on tour longer than most pros have been riding. Since the start, he has focused on growing the sport on and off the water. These days Zane is still shredding, and his passion for the wakeboarding community is as strong as ever. He’s still at every tour stop working for MasterCraft and CWB, and he still rides all the time like he’s 20 years old. He even still aspires to have a 20-year-old’s haircut. After all these years, Zane has lined life up pretty damn well for himself. He has a house on the lake, a beautiful wife, and a new X-Star he helped design sitting on his lift. Zane has truly earned all the love the fans, riders, companies and I have for him.