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ALL PHOTOS BY JOEY MEDDOCK (UNLESS SPECIFIED OTHERWISE)

© 2010 Wake Journal & Meddock Photography, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Independently published online every week.

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ON THE COVER Chad Sharpe

Chad Sharpe is always fun to shoot with because of his background in snowboarding. He’s got one of the filthiest methods our sport has ever seen and we all know how gnarly

LAKE HIAWASSEE ORLANDO, FL

he is cutting at the wake. We got this shot riding doubles

SPRING 2009

together in his back yard on Lake Hiawassee. A lake notorious

CAMERA: NIKON D3 LENS: NIKKOR 16MM

for wake photos, I wanted to make the background disappear

ISO: 200

so it wasn’t so recognizable. A flash and a bit of slow shutter

ANGLE: RIDE ALONG

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Kevin Henshaw LAKE SHAWNIGAN, BC

There are a lot of pros and cons when riding first thing in the morning. It sucks to wake up that early and exert that kind of energy in 50-degree weather. Then on the other hand, the light and water conditions are usually best at that time for photographs. Enduring the early sunrise and brisk Canadian air, Kevin Henshaw “gets the worm.�

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Jimmy LaRiche wall ride. SOMEWHERE, TX

Not the typical lake. Jimmy LaRiche makes use of the natural terrain, courtesy of a winch and a few extra Shredtown friends.

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Ben Horan

When wakeskating began, it was

Horan make my job a lot easier. Trick

AXIS LAKE, QUEBEC, BC

a hard sport to photograph due to

after trick, stomp after stomp, I shoot

the inconsistency of landed tricks.

and adjust, shoot, adjust, etc. “Do

But not just that, the rider and

it again,” I’d tell Ben. Over and over

photographer had to nail it and be

again and into the evening…Nearly

in unison. These days, guys like Ben

dark out, he wasn’t going to fall.

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Erik Ruck, getting some winter riding in on Clear Lake. ORLANDO, FL

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The “sitting duck” angle always comes with a nerveracking set of rollers that invades the dry comfort

Jeff Langley CLEAR LAKE, FL

zone. In “total-camera-soakage” terms, this would be a great place for that to happen. Just after the boat passed, the first roller approached my left side. As I barely floated above the peak, I quickly dropped back down between the roller as Langley cut at the wake. I had just a split second to get the camera framed and focused before the second wake would eventually smack me. It took some lining up, a few passes, and plenty of close calls, but we somehow managed to keep the camera in the safe, dry zone and got this keeper of Jeff.

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The always-photogenic Ben Greenwood. LAKE MINNEOLA, FL

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Rusty Malinoski, contorting over Lake Saw Mill. CLERMONT, FL

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Shawn Watson vs. The Very Large Concrete Ledge. FT. LAUDERDALE, FL

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Jacob Valdez knows how to dodge gators on the St. Johns River. Don’t fall. DELTONA, FL

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Textbook demo of the infamous “Rope Throw” photo, courtesy of Jeff Langley. CLEAR LAKE, FL

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Collin Harrington knows sign language. LAKE SHAWNIGAN, BC

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Shane Bonifay demonstrates why he’s a better wakeboarder than Fantasy Football player. LAKE MINNEHAHA, FL

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Daniel Watkins, up close and focused. CLEAR LAKE, FL

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When shooting with Parks, he usually ends off his sesh with some sort of whacked out dismount. You’ll never know when he’s done riding, until you see something like this. It’s pretty obvious. He ends up head first nearly every time. This shoot was no different. Here he is again, putting a fork in it saying, “Ok, I’m done.”

Parks Bonifay CLEAR LAKE, FL

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Scotty Broome ORLANDO, FL

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Alex Brown, morning pointer. LAKE SAUNDERS, FL

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Jimmy Trask’s stab at the Lake Eloise dock. POLK COUNTY, FL

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Anthony Hollick MT. DORA, FL

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Even in the coldest of weather, you can always count on a Canadian to ride. Anthony Hollick is the talent behind the silhouette on Lake Saunders. 29


Danny Harf LAKE MINNEHAHA, FL


Wake Journal, Issue 4