Here's a sick interview The Liquid Circus did with Gabe Lucas:
Finally companies are backing wake boarders and putting their money where their mouths are in support of the progression of wake boarding. There are a few out there before him, but none have done it quite so legitimately. Gabe Lucas does things on a wake board some of the best contest riders in the world can only dream of. From crazy canoe gaps, ollieing impossible obstacles, wall riding things most wouldn't have even seen possible and generally thinking outside the box in regards to what is possible on a wake board.
Gabe Lucas was one of those riders, like most who had to compete on the Pro Tour in order to make a name for himself and get recognized. Week in and week out of competition seems to drain every single rider I know, their motivation is sapped and their creativity levels are flat, due to practicing the same 10 tricks over and over in hope of standing on a podium and getting noticed. But in all honesty how much exposure do competitions really gain any one apart from the winner.
CWB, Lost Clothing and his other sponsors stepped up to the plate recognized his talent as a creator, innovator and some one who sees and progress's wake boarding differently and supported him financially to do what he does best. We can only hope that other brands step up to the plate by financially supporting more riders in the free-ride realm without the bounds of competition.
We checked in with Gabe to see what' (s been happening.
Liquid Circus: What you been up too?
Gabe Lucas: I just finished painting my house, fun project. My friend Corey helped me a lot, just trying to keep it fresh and protect my assets. Also just got back from a good road trip to surf expo in Orlando we stopped along the way to ride with chip and the Rukus Board shop crew in Louisiana. We caught bass fish in the same private ponds we rode in behind a 4-wheeler, they have so many good structures and gaps, we also got to skate this exclusive and huge wood bowl inside a locals warehouse, a major score that was. Then once in Florida I rode in the Red Bull wake lab event. I cant explain how pearl that was, best set up and event I have ever seen, I must thank Parks (Bonifay) for inviting me, and it was good to see him ride. So that whole trip was insane.
LC: What was the reason for not wanting to do all the pro contests?
GL: The pro tour just bores me, and waiting to ride sucks, its not fun or progressive, how can it be progressive when they have the exact same course for more than 5 years. I don' (t know... I have a lot of reasons, I want to push the sport and myself, I have always done that away from the tour in a totally different mindset.
LC: How did you approach your sponsors?
GL: Actually a major sponsor of mine first approached me it was so perfect, they said they felt I was more in my element free-riding and I didn' (t have to go to any tour stops if I didn' (t want to, "finally" is what I was thinking, and the rest of my sponsors sort of jumped on the bandwagon after that.
LC: How was your year not competing on tour?
GL: Best year I' (ve have ever had, just a lot of fun, plus it has been the most successful. I have been so much more productive with my time at home.
LC: That gave you a lot of extra time, how did you utilize it?
GL: All my free time was just spent being productive, riding a bunch, finding new winch spots, getting photos, shooting for tar productions, getting tarfilms.com set up, helping coach at Mcelhinney wakeboard school, landscape my home, stuff like that.
LC: Tell us about your film?
GL "What in Tarnation" is a project TAR worked on for about 2-3 years. It shows what comes out of the tarnation, and how many people want to come into it. Riders include Danny Harf, Aaron Reed, Randall Harris, Danny Hampson, Jeff Weatherall, Keith Lyman, just to name a few. It was shot a lot in Texas, but also in Hawaii, Australia, California, Florida, Arizona, Canada, etc. The soundtrack is sick, a lot of focus was on the soundtrack, and a lot of it is home grown. -1015- in the house. The whole thing is a wild ride, no doubt, plus it has over an hour of bonus footage.
LC: What' (s coming up for you?
GL: Aaron Reed has just asked me and tar productions to help him shoot and produce the team video for his new wakeskate company Obscura. Team Obscura is Aaron Reed, Danny Hampson, Kyle Hyams, and my room mate Stefan Schriewer. We already got a little footage this summer, but will start working real hard on it, I am pumped on that. been wanting to do a wakeskate only video for a while now, and getting to do it along side of Aaron and that amazing team is so pearl. (obscura wakeskates.com)