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STEEL LAFFERTY


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ON THE COVER STEEL LAFFERTY

VIDEO

LAKE MINNEHAHA, FL

LENS: NIKKOR 24-120 MM

When I was in high school, we

APRIL 15, 2011

ANGLE: CHASE BOAT

would wakeboard nearly every

CAMERA: NIKON D3

day when class got out. There wasn’t a fear in the world and

were hot $#!+ and probably

in their bindings while being

the wake industry was going

sponsored at some level.

towed with electricity.

off. Mike Weddington was world

Today, Steel Lafferty is that

Steel is right there in the front

champ and Full Tilt was the next

clean-cut, high school kid always

of this class. He’s at the prime

big thing. Gas was five bucks for

amping to ride who appreciates

age to excel in the sport and is

a five gallon can, the boat had

what he has. While $5 may only

fortunate enough to have solid

a killer Skylon or 10-Foot Pole,

buy you a few drops of gas for

sponsors backing him. For me,

and the wake crested perfectly

a guzzling boat, the towers and

he’s fun to shoot because you

around 70 feet of rope length.

speakers are state of the art, and

can see his enthusiasm and

Our friends and new Fat Sacs

the wakes are big enough to pull

energy on the water through his

would fill up the boat for extra

off double filps or break you in

photographs. He’s got that “

weight. If you could flip, Raley,

half. 1080s are common (switch)

just got out of school” stoke,

do a Whirly, mobius or 540, you

and riders are walking around

all the time. GET THE APP

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Jeff House ST. JOHNS RIVER, FL

One of the best things about the St. Johns river is just staring at the shoreline as you pass by

VIDEO

in the boat. You never know what you’ll see. Between the gators, birds, turtles and other wildlife, you’ll find the occasional fallen palm tree as well. Shooting with the Slingshot team recently, we set up for this shot as Jeff got in a few soul turns underneath the tree. After three attempts we had to stop the boat and yield to the passing pod of manatee.

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Aaron Rathy

Johns Lake used to be more well

JOHNS LAKE, FL

known for its bass fishing. With the popularity of wakeboarding on the lake now, you’re more likely to only catch Aaron Rathy and friends at the

VIDEO

end of the line.

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Erik Ruck CLEAR LAKE, FL

Ruck can wail on a guitar and nearly any instrument for that matter. Here he is jamming on the Phoenix by Ronix.

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Matt Raulerson THE PROJECTS, FL

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Shane Bonifay ORLANDO, FL

Shane and Erik Ruck live just a few doors down from each other on Clear Lake in Orlando. It’s a perfect scenario for lending a helping hand with photos, driving the boat, holding the flash on the tube, or borrowing some lawn equipment and VIDEO

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Daniel Powers LAKE SHAWNIGAN, BC CANADA

VIDEO

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AJ Racinelli LAKE JESSAMINE, FL

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Benny G can take

Ben Greenwood

the simplest of tricks

LAKE MINNEHAHA, FL

and make them look more badass and unique than any other person out there.

VIDEO

Don’t feel bad if you can’t figure out this shot, it’s just a simple TS Roll to Revert with a little extra Greenwood flavor.

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Yan Lecomte LAKE WINONA, FL

VIDEO

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Zoom in and take a closer look. Double tap, pinch, or do nothing and let me do the

Steffen Vollert

zooming for you.

THE PROJECTS, FL

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Olivier Derome JOHNS LAKE, FL VIDEO

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Amber Wing LAKE SHAWNIGAN, BC CANADA

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Mini Wave Illusions RADAR LAKE, WA

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Team Liquid Force LAKE SHAWNIGAN, BC CANADA

VIDEO

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Nick Taylor LAKE WINONA, FL

Another easy Hard Flip for Nick Taylor.

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Andrew Adkison ORLANDO, FL


Wake Journal, Issue 30