June s AZBW/AWA Boarder
Larry Taylor Rides Outlaw
By Christine Cameron
Arizona Wakeboard Association has selected Larry Taylor as the AZBW/AWA rider of the month.
Taylor joined the AWA in 2004. He rode the advanced division until the last event of the season.
He decided that he couldn't take the top three in advanced and wanted to ride behind the boat that was pulling the Outlaw division. He's ridden Outlaw ever since, and last year he finished second in Outlaw.
1. What is your name, age and where do you live?
Larry Taylor; I am 16 and I live in Avondale, Ariz.
2. How long have you been wakeboarding?
This is my fourth year in the sport.
3. How did you get into wakeboarding?
I lived on a lake in Michigan and tried all the watersports and found that wakeboarding was my favorite.
4. What was the first trick you learned? Describe how to do it.
My first trick was a tantrum: You come into the wake, square up, throw your head back, and arch your back like a backflip.
5. What trick took the longest or was hardest to learn?
A toeside backroll I would always over rotate the flip and fall, then one day I started to figure out how to slow down the rotation and landed it.
6. What is your favorite trick to see being done and why?
Any Spin 720 or up because it takes so much skill and concentration to stick.
7. What is your favorite aspect of wakeboarding?
Being able to create your own style on any of the tricks, and the people who wakeboard are cool.
8. What do you like most about the AWA?
The people who go and the people who run it. It s also a fun day at the lake.
9. You ride in other competitive events which ones and what do you like about them?
Canyon Lake and also it s a good time and vacation every month.
10. You moved from to Arizona from Michigan; what are the best things about wakeboarding in Arizona compared to Michigan?
Out here in Arizona, wakeboarding is all about style and grab every trick; back in Michigan it s about how big you can go on all the tricks.
11. What is your most memorable experience in wakeboarding?
When I was 13, I won the INT Men's Intermediate National Championship. The ages were 13 and up.
12. Do you have a crew of people you usually ride with?
In Arizona, I ride with Trever "Poodle" Marquette, Patrick "PA" Mollumby, Matt Bolley, Brendon Lochert, Steven Pervatt, Aaron, Chris Jones, Joe Shipka, Jimmy Wolf, and CK Rogers. In California, I ride with the Valdez brothers, Brittney Arruda, and the Swinks.
13. Describe your perfect day.
Big rollers and white caps all up and down the lake.
14. What do you like to do when you are not wakeboarding?
Hang out with my friends and have fun.
15. Is there anybody you would like to thank?
My family, Steve Bates From CWB, Jenn and Toby From No Fear, Troy and Mike from The Boardshack, Brent Endter from Utopia, and everyone who rides with me. Oh, and CC and Mike from the AWA.