before’ trick,” Fooshee confided. “And I’ve had five years in a row of being recognized for a first-time-everdone trick.” Fooshee continued, “I’ve got a good six or seven things that I originated. A bunch of them still haven’t been done by anyone else.”
Growing up with the Sport Born and raised in Austin in a family that he claims may be the “only ‘Fooshees’ in the world,” the twentyseven-year-old Fooshee was riding from a very early age, growing up alongside the sport on Lake Austin. “I water-skied pretty much until wakeboarding started to really come about,” Fooshee recalled. “I learned to water ski when I was four years old. I did knee-boarding and all that stuff when I was younger. Probably rode my first wakeboard when I was about ten or eleven.” From then on, it was all wakeboard when Fooshee was on the water. “My parents had a dock on Lake Austin, and we used to rent out a boat slip there,” Fooshee
said. “Some friends of ours had a boat, and they’d let us use it in exchange for keeping it there. So I got out on the lake a ton.” When asked if he came into contact with wakeboard creator Jimmy Redmon in those early days, Fooshee answered, “My dad did. Obviously, we had a rich water sports background, but wakeboarding was pretty nonexistent then. Jimmy was out on Lake Austin riding a surfboard behind the boat. I did not personally know him at the time, but now we are obviously very good friends and colleagues.” Colleagues indeed. Now one of Fooshee’s major sponsors is wakeboard-maker Liquid Force (according to Fooshee, the “best wakeboard brand on the planet”), co-founded by Redmon. Fooshee has his own signature line of wakeboards with Liquid Force called the “Tex.” Fooshee acknowledged, “it’s really cool to have the founder and creator and to work with him now–the legend–and him be from my hometown and actually my home lake, Lake Austin. It just kind of ties our roots together.”
A pioneer, Fooshee was one of the first to focus on obstacles in training and competitions. Photo by Courtney Slade
The Outside Issue with #1 Cable Wakeboarder, Tom Fooshee, as the cover feature.