Thought it would good time of the year to be thankful for all the things in life I take for granted. There’s so many things going on in my life but the Lipsmack crew is the most constant right now. Its a unique opportunity to work with a crew of riders who are all my friends. Some of us have history 4 or 5 years old. Others are newer but now it seems like everyone is an old friend. We all know each other’s buttons and we all know how to make the other person smile. (Sorry no homo). But its more than that we are all on this journey with really no guidance other than our own.
We devise and plot together. We make late night phone calls to set up AM shoots. We sit around waiting for clouds to past.We eat lunch together way to much. We even have to sleep together some times. It gets weird a lot but its normal to us. Man this sounds really homo…. But really I can never give all of these guys enough thanks.
Olivier Derome- My short little french canadian. Hes our mother, our father and our big brother. He sets us straight and makes us laugh time and again. His heart is bigger than mine will ever be. Thank you Oliver for always being there. (Sometimes late). Always being optimistic and always understanding when I miss you doing a trick. I’ll get it in focus one day.
Dylan Miller- Or possibly Dylan Mitchell (inside joke). Dylan’s gnarly he works on Oil rigs and isn’t scared to get dirty. He works hard so that he can play hard. Dylan is on the brink of making out of the Oil fields and hopefully Lipsmack helps him as much as he has helped me in the past year. Thanks Dylnard for being a solid guy. We can all always count on.
Brian Reeder- Thank god Reeder shaved his head recently. Hahaha. Reeder is awesome. I’ve known Reeder forever it feels like. We’ve been shooting and riding together since the beginning at least for me. Reeder always has some new idea or rail built. He’s got to be one of the most motivated guys on slingshot. He built an entire rail by himself just to get it done. Thanks Reeder for doing work. I owe you… O and thanks for getting me drunk on tequila.
Shredtown- Andrew, Chris, Davis, thanks for just being you. When the 3 of you are together I can never stop laughing. Talking to you on facebook 2 years ago and then shooting with you now, its been awesome. I can’t wait to see what your little minds come up with next for the movie. Its gonna be fun.
Nate Perry- Another guy I started shooting long before I filmed wakeboarding professionally. Nate’s nate. I know when he’s gonna ride good and I know when he’s gonna get mad. I’ve filmed this guy so much its insane. When Nate’s on its magical. Thank you Nate for helping me in the beginning and helping me now.
Mike Ennen- I met Mikey when we started filming Lipsmack. Its been awesome going to Washington crashing at his house and always having an awesome time. We’ve drank a lot of beer together… Thanks Mikey for all the good times your a legend.
Steffan Vollert- The german! Thankyou Steffan for just being all around awesome. Your such a good rider and you put up with my mocking of the german language all to well.
Jeff House- I’ve known Jeff for what seems a while. Jeff is one of the guys you always want around. He nevers has a bad thing to say about anyone. He is probably the best looking guy on our crew haha. His smooth style on the water makes all the girls wet. I’m just praying he’s back on the water sooner than later. Thank you house for all the good times this past year. Its been great and I can’t wait for more.
Slingshot- Gary Huck and Wade Wagley. The bosses, the guides, the bank, the experienced old guys (haha sorry). These guys make everything happen. Without them none of this would be possible. Its been awesome working with them and I really hope I don’t let them down when the movie comes out. Thanks for everything and thanks for answering all 10000 of my emails.
Don’t worry I didn’t forget about you Jeff.
Jeff Mckee- Wow… We have spent way to much time on airplanes, airports, cars, boats, basically just too much time together. We know every button to get the other pissed. We annoy the hell out of each other and we usually break down and almost fist fight every trip. Jeff’s the coach. Jeff calls the plays and puts the players on the field. Jeff somehow convinced slingshot to hire me. I could go on forever but I’m sure he know’s all the things I owe him for…. Thanks Jeff for everything its been a insane fucking year together.
It might be a bit premature to give all my thanks but I thought it would be holidayey. I also have to thank my family, Kassie for always being there and supporting me. I know my life is not textbook and no one really knows how to plan for it.