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C.K. Rogers - AZBW Wakeboarder Of The Month
Christine Cameron Interviews C. K. Rogers
Boarder Of The Month
Note From Interviewer Christine Cameron: Wakeskating is on a
smaller board than a wakeboard. The rider wears shoes and
performs skateboarding-type tricks. It is "pretty cool" and
definitely takes some talent
1. What is your name, and where do you
My name is C.K. Rogers, and I live in Mesa, Ariz.
2. How long have you been wakeskating?
I have been seriously wakeskating for three summers.
3. How did you get into wakeskating?
I got hurt wakeboarding a few years ago, so I decided to
wakeskate until I got better. Wakeskating felt a lot more
natural to me, and I loved it, so I just never stopped.
4. What was the first trick that you
learned? Describe how to do it.
I would say the first trick was a heel side wake to wake
180. It is like doing
it on a wakeboard. The only difference is you have to suck the
board up with you when go wake to wake.
5. What trick took the longest or was
the hardest to learn? Why?
A toe side wake to wake shuv-it: For some reason this has
been my biggest "pain in the butt." It was the first kind of
wake to wake shuv I learned. Then I lost it, then I could do
it again, and now I canít land them again. A heel side one is
easier to me for some reason.
6. What is your favorite aspect of
My feet donít hurt in bindings, and it feels a lot more
like surfing and skate boarding.
7. What do you like most about the
I like watching the younger guys and the groms get better
and better every contest, and how they are so into it.
8. What is you most memorable
experience in wakeskating?
When I first started wake skating, Brett E. and I set up a
few sliders in the canal on the Indian reservation, and a
bunch of us would go ride the canal behind my golf cart in the
evenings after work; it was so great. Then we were no longer
allowed to do that there.
9. Where do you ride and who do you
usually ride with?
I ride at Firebird International Raceway under the
supervision of Ed Fisher (a national champion). I ride with
Joey White and Joe Shipka. Little Josephiny and I spend a lot
of hours, lately, riding together since the rest of the
Firebird guys (Joey White and Jimmy Wolf) have been hurt.
10. Describe your perfect day.
It would be to wake up, sell five cars at my shop before
noon, then have Josephiny pick me up. Next we would have a
Gyro at Georgeís Gyros with extra gyro sauce from across the
street. On my perfect day, we would be at the lake by 2 p.m.,
each taking two or three sets.
Then, I would be home by 7 p.m. to eat one of the
unbelievable meals that my wife cooks, load up the bikes and
be at Speed World Motocross Park by 8:30 p.m. By 11:30 p.m. I
would be back home with Brookelynn.
11. What do you like to do when you are
I like/love my work, the Dunes, the MX Track, Prerunners,
the Colorado River, to skate, and to surf when I go home to
visit my family.
12. Is there anybody that you would
like to thank?
I am very thankful to Strat at Liquid Force & REEF; I love
my Liquid Force 43 Wide Impulse. They have been real good
about hooking me up the last couple of years. REEF makes the
best wakeskate shoe, in my opinion. I ride the Byerly and love
it, thanks to REEF.
And, Kronik Energy Drink is a new sponsor for me this year;
thanks to them for their support.
Excel also is new; they make the best wetsuits and life
jackets I have ever ridden with, and their life jacket is so
comfortable. I cannot even explain how huge of a shout out I
need to give to Big Joe Shipka. He supports us 110 percent and
really makes all of this possible for me.
Also, I thank little Joe; we pull each other every day, and
he helps my riding a ton. And, probably the most important
thing in my life is Brookelynn. My thanks are to her for all
she does for me, for understanding all the time I spend at the
lake, and for the time she puts in to pull me at the lake.
Finally, I thank the AWA for the hard work they put in to make
these contests in Arizona possible.
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