August 2008

Cover:

Gabe Lucas

Board slide nose jib

World Wakeboard Center, Groveland, Florida

Photo: Bill Doster

FEATURES:

78 ANALYZING ACWORTH

Malinoski and Soven reignite their rivalry, Nicola Butler wins again and young Aussie Harley Clifford is on top of Junior Men's.

88 THE BIG QUESTION

Is the King of Wake's new judging format working? Greenwood, Malinoski, Soven and Harris weigh in.

90 THE PHOTO ALBUM: VERT WAKE TOUR

Gator Boards riders Randall Harris, Ricky Gonzalez, Wes Brisco and Mark Weikel head to Acapulco, Mexico, for Spring Break.

94 THE ORIGINAL

How Gabe Lucas has established himself as one of wake's most unique riders.

100 THE EVENT: BYERLY TOE JAM TOUR, STOP 1

Young guns Nick Taylor, Reed Hansen and Andrew Pastura all book spots for the Toe Jam Tour finals.

104 PRIVATE PARKING

How cable manufacturer Sesitec's System 2.0 could turn your backyard into a wake park.

108 SESSIONS

Ben Horan's frontside nose slide into the massive pit Nike 6.0 dug in his backyard for the inaugural Raging Pull event.

DEPARTMENTS:

44 AIR TIME

Four bucks and climbing ...

54 IN BOX

An elaborate backyard pool jam in Ohio and one reader's valiant fight against "douchetude."

60 THE PULSE

Pop, catch and stomp your next wakeskate move like Nick Taylor, a first look at Scott Byerly's new ultra-custom Super Air Nautique 210 Icon Edition and how Steel Lafferty got such a hard-sounding handle.

118 STUFF

Wake's newest board brand, Company, makes its debut. Plus, the secret behind the super-light weight of Chad Shharpe's new Ronix CSV1 wakeboard.

128 HIGHER LEARNING

Randall Harris on how to make your own banging video part, go big into the flats and land his wrapped heelside frontside tail grab 540.

138 MY SCENE

A wake scene in southern Louisiana that keeps the pros coming back.

162 LAST BLAST

Testing the efficiency of underwater camera housings.