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Well it has been awhile since I have posted and I am sorry about. With the lead up to the tournament, the tournament itself and then the post tournament resting period, the website had taken a backseat for a little bit. But that is over and we are now back on track. In the next month, our members can expect a newsletter and a contest for a pretty cool prize (check the website often for this, the annoucement and details of the give away will be revealed soon). In addition, we are going to have a finalized video of the tournament to post pretty soon. Also, if you took pictures at the Pros and Joes event please do not hesitate to mail them to me at sfwake.beno@gmail.com.

So as we get back into the flow of things I thought it was important to do a member profile. This month’s profile was a pretty easy choice. When the Pros and Joes event begin on Saturday morning we were without a boat driver. This had the potential to be a huge problem. One of our newest members really stepped up big and drove. Not only did he drive, he drove all day, without a break (without food I might also add). This member went above and beyond what we could have asked and for that the SFWA is greatful. This month’s member profile celebrates a member that I think is a shining example of what this organization is about-great friends, great fellowship, helping each other and helping the sport grow in anyway possible. In addition to his help at the tournament this member also spends his days teaching people to wakeboard-if that isn’t dedication to the sport, I don’t know what is. It is with great pride I introduce the December 07 member profile-Marcos Moran. Please read on and don’t hesitate to visit Marcos’ site.

Name: Marcos A. Moran

Age: 25

Location: Miami, Florida

Occupation: I’m the ownerof Gator Bait Wakeboard School LLC and I’m also a tournament wakeboard boat driver.

Wakeboard or Wakeskate: I’ve been wakeboarding for over 13 years now and I love it so much but I think wakeskating is just so much fun too.

Wakeboard you currently use: 2008 Hyperlite Byerly 52.

Bindings you currently use: 2008 Hyperlite Atlas. XS Baby!!!

Boat/Jetski you currently use: At my school we have a brand new 2008 Super Air Nautique 211 Team Edition.

Wakeskate you currently use: 2008 Hyperlite Catalyst 2.0.

Boat or Cable or Jetski: I will always love the boat but I get up to Rixen about once a week.

Favorite Wakboarder/Wakeskater: I guess I’d have to say Rusty. He rips and he’s such a cool guy.

Favorite wake related trick: A nice, clean, Pete Rose.

Favorite wake related trick you can do: HS 720

Are you working on learning anything new right now: I wish. I only get to ride once, maybe twice, a week if I’m lucky. I’ve been so busy teaching and driving for tournaments lately.

Tell us about your school: We have our Nautique on Key Biscayne (where we did Board Up Miami). We teach every single thing you can do on the water behind a boat. Wakeboard, wakeskate, wakesurf, waterski, slalom, barefoot, and even trick ski.

Who are your instructors: I’ve had Craig Rohrer and Daniel Epps working with me for almost a year now. They are awesome. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t get to travel all over the world coaching and driving for tournaments.

How long have you been teaching? I’ve been teaching watersports for over 10 years now.

How would you describe your teaching style? Philosophy? I teach the easy way, the simple way. I teach different for every student but overall I have to say I’m very easy going and fun. If your not having fun then you shouldn’t be riding.

Any age limit to those you teach? No way. We teach all ages and all skill levels.

What makes a good student? One who can listen and apply what they are listening to.

Best advice for a beginner? Learn to ride with one hand. You should always take off the wake with 2 but you should always land with one hand. You’re just so much more stable that way.

Best advice for a some one who has been riding awhile? Try something new every time you ride. You just have to try it once but you have to try it.

Most famous student? Corrie Dyer out of Tennesseeand Morgan Pedersen in Tampa. (SFWA Note-Morgan was the ten year old that rode in our Pros and Joes event and killed it, that should be proof enough of the teaching skill Marcos possesses.)

What do you learn from your students? How to have fun. No matter what, they are always smiling and I love that.

When not teaching how often do you get to ride? NEVER!!!! I’m always teaching. No seriously, I get to ride about twice a week. If I’m lucky.

What are your other hobbies? I love old cars and fixing old go karts.

Where do you see the sport going in the next few years? It has grown so fast since I started 13 years ago but I see it getting so much bigger. Especially in South Florida.

How can someone get in touch with you for the school? Rates? They can check us out at www.GatorBaitWakeboard.com or just give us a call at (305) 282-5706.

Anything you would like to add? I want to thank: MiamiSki Nautiques, Correct Craft, Hyperlite, O’Neill, and Fly High.

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