Dan Kubes on the Double Up, originally uploaded by, SFWAKE
Things have been busy with the SFWA as of late, between planning for the November tournament (Proes and Joes-look for the official announcement next week), planning for the September 8th, 2007 Membership meeting and preparing for Surf Expo in Orlando, I almost forgot the September 07, Member Profile. I did not want to do that so I quickly searched for a member with some free time to fill in the answers to some questions for me. The September 07 Member Profile belongs to Dan Kubes. Dan is a perfect example of what the SFWA is all about. After reading his answers I think you will see that he is passionate about the sport and about our organization. Dan is a very smooth rider and is gifted with a natural ability. I am proud to profile him this month as he is both a SFWA member and a good friend (but not good enough that I would give him a whole month-sorry Dan). So enjoy the Q & A. Without further ado:
Name: Dan Kubes
Family Status: Single
Hometown: Prior Lake, Minnesota
Occupation: Service Tech, Braman Motorcars
College: Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix
Home Lake: Okeeheelee Park
Current Board: Ronix One 142
Current Bindings: Ronix Ones
Board and Binding Set you learned on?: 1996 Dan Shapiro Pro Model, Directional with the fins and all.
Boat: 2006 Mastercraft X-Star
How long have you been riding?: Off and on since 1996. Seriously, for the past nine months.
Wakeboard or Wakeskate?: Wakeboard
Behind the Boat or Cable?: Boat
Self-described skill level: Novice
Favorite Rider: Keith Lyman
Favorite Trick in sport: Off Axis 540
Favorite Trick you can throw?: Heelside Method grab to late 180
What trick are you working on right now?: Backroll
What got you into wakeboarding?: Snowboading was a big influence and it was a way to extend the winter season in Minnesota. Similar ride, easy transition.
What do you like most about the sport?: The people, fellowship, being outside and the fact that everyone can express themselves in different ways and styles.
How often do you get to ride?: Once or twice a week.
What has the SFWA meant to you thus far? It has meant a lot, it has kept me in South Florida. New friends, a chance to ride. Like a family away from my family.
Are you going to ride in the SFWA “Proes and Joes” event? Yes
If yes, do you have your run planned out? Not completing, a work in progress.
Where would you like to see the SFWA go in the next couple of years? I would like it to become a profitable organization so I could get a job and do nothing but wakeboarding.
Any tips for the person who wants to learn to ride?: Try it, get out there behind a boat and just get it a shout. You have to try it.
What is the riding about for you?: Break from my routine lifestyle.
Which do you think is more important, technical tricks or stylish tricks?: Stylish tricks, it is what seperates good riders from excellent riders.
If you could land any trick consistently what would you want it to be?: Off Axis 540
Finally, any words for the other members of the SFWA? Get involved, the organization is growing and the more we can all do the better.