A couple days before I did this interview I went to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the first time since 1992. To my best recollection, they were just as good — maybe even better — the second time around. It got me thinking about Shaun Murray and how he's been able to do the same thing. Not only has he kept riding, he's continued to improve. He's maintained his old fans while making new ones and stayed completely relevant throughout his more-than-20-year career. At 36, Shaun isn't some kind of novelty you want to see or meet because it would be fun. He's one of the sport's rocks who you want to meet because he's inspired you to be better on a wakeboard, and if you know anything else about him, he's inspired you to be a better person too. Not too long ago, I read something along the lines of: "The creative adult is the child who has survived." Shaun immediately popped into my head. He pairs a childlike imagination and enthusiasm with an incredibly hard work ethic. Sure, sometimes you have to reel him in a bit, but most of the time whatever he's thinking about or working on is pretty awesome. But it's not all fun and games with Shaun. When it's time to work, he will out-hustle almost anyone in the world. He's also an amazing friend and family man who would literally give you the shirt off his back. He's that way with everyone, whether he's known you for five minutes or his entire life. He takes genuine pleasure in meeting people, bringing smiles to their faces and seeing what he can learn from them in the process. That spirit has helped Shaun constantly evolve, and it's always for the better. So if you think he's good now, just wait.