Wakeboarding really is a family sport by World Champion Darin Shapiro

I just entered my first wakeboard contest after being away from the scene for roughly eight years. I had an incredibly good time riding and enjoyed the excitement of the event. I couldn’t help but be impressed with some of the riders passes, things have come a long way in regards to style and better looking runs. I would have liked to have ridden better but that didn’t sway my emotions as much as I thought it would as the buzz around the event was more about family for me, meaning that these close friends  and wake boarders treated me like “family”.

People had walked up to me and told that my riding and career had inspired them to ride or to compete. I was really feeling that I had accomplished something really important at that moment. These strangers were just people “sharing the love” and I felt such gratitude to be a part of this sport and these connections to everyone were way more important than whatever could have happened during my passes.

I would like to thank everyone who has inspired me whether at the event or not,  you have made a huge impact on me  and I feel blessed to be a part of this family sport.


Darin Shapiro with Dean Smith and Kien Shapiro
Wake Games 2014