Checking In With: Steel Lafferty

  • Steel Lafferty had one hell of a season, from a killer X Games Real Wake section to throwing down never-before-seen tricks, landing a cover shot, scoring a spot on ESPN SportCenter's Top 10, and plenty more. Steel wrapped up the 2017 season with a huge win at Wake Awards, taking home the Indmar Trick of the Year award for his switch mute double backmobe off of the double-up. We sat down with the man to pick his brain on what went into winning this award. Check it out below!

  • Steel Lafferty at the 2017 Wake AwardsTyler Soden
  • How many people knew you had landed the switch double mobe before it aired at Wake Awards?

  • Hmm... I would say about 10 people: the boys in the boat, my family, and some of the close homies that saw I had a gleaming smile on my face all day and begged me to tell them what I landed.

  • How long had you been working on it, and how many tries did it take that particular day?

  • Technically, I guess a year. I didn't try it for that long though. I first tried it at the MasterCraft Throwdown in 2016 and then pushed it aside for a few months during the season. Then I started trying it again a few weeks before Wake Awards. I would say it took about 20 attempts that day!

  • Parks, the only other person in the world to do one, was with you in the boat that day. How much of a help was he?

  • It was unreal. I called him and said, "I need your help, and I would love you to be in the boat when I land it." He kept the hype up and let me know it was possible.

  • How does it feel to be in that exclusive of a club?

  • Pretty crazy! I didn't even realize I made the club until after we were in the boat, and Parks leans into me and says, "Welcome to the double mobe club." Wildddddd!!!

  • Do you think the new X-Star wake had anything to do with you pulling this off?

  • 100%. The wake behind this beast is ridiculous. The double-ups are so easy to get into and send you into space with a smooth landing. Don't worry, I still took some pretty gnarly falls!

  • When is the point of no return when it comes to committing to this trick?

  • When you line up the double-up... You commit when you're cutting in. You cant back out, period.

  • How did you mentally and physically prepare for this?

  • Drank a Red Bull, said a prayer and went full send. Don't over think anything.

  • This isn't your first Indmar Trick of the Year award, is it?

  • Negative, this is my second. It's a super cool feeling. Now let's make it a hat trick and get a third one.

  • How did winning this year compare to your last Trick of the Year win?

  • It felt pretty similar. This one was a little sweeter I think, just because of what's going on in the industry and proving a lot of people wrong. They Don't Know Me!!!

  • Check out Steel's 2017 Indmar Trick of the Year >>Bill Doster