Morari Began Riding In 1997
This month’s AWA/AZBW rider of the month is Brett
Morari. Morari has been a member of the AWA for six
years and rides in the Outlaw division. He won the most
improved rider award in 2001.
Brett ("Sparky") Morari is 25 years old and lives in
Tempe. He has been wakeboarding for nine years.
"Sparky" got his nickname, but he is not sure how he
came to be known by that. Glen Coy gave him the name
when Morari first started riding with him in 1998.
Morari got into wakeboarding in 1997. A young couple
moved in down the street; they had a Ski Nautique and
They made a deal with me: If I would be their third
and footed with them in the morning, then I could
wakeboard all day.
The couple went on the weekends at 5 a.m., and I
never missed a day.
When asked what was his first trick, Morari said,
"The first wake-to-wake trick I learned, I think, was a
Then, the question to Morari was about which trick
took the longest or was the hardest for him to learn.
His answer: "I have to say the Elephant. I pinched a
nerve in my back learning that one, and I continued
doing it until I mastered the trick — even though it
killed every time I landed it."
When queried about his favorite trick to see and why,
Morari answered the Pete Rose. He said that he had loved
that trick even before he could ride. "It looks so
out-of-control and smooth at the same time."
Morari says that his favorite aspect of wakeboarding
is two-fold: the water and the people involved. He also
likes the AWA because it is for the riders and is run by
And, sharing a memory with writer Chris Cameron,
Morari told her about this experience: "My most
memorable experience happened when I had first started
"I through a Temper Tantrum off the Double Up … a
Double Back Flip. I just about got the board underneath
me on the second rotation but came up short and crashed
"When I came up from the water, everyone on the beach
was cheering and going wild."
Asked where he rides and with whom, Morari replied,
"I want to say Saguaro, but I used to go to Bartlett a
lot, and I was a regular at Firebird for a couple of
years. I ride with everyone."
At the end of his interview, Cameron asked Morari if
there were anyone he would like to thank. There were
"Glen Coy has by far been the best coach I’ve had —
my mom and dad for supporting me in everything I’ve done
— Strat at Liquid Force for hooking it up — all the guys
down at Paradise Watersports (those guys rock) —
everyone at AWA and all my friends … "