You can’t call it on a roll, Reed Hansen is on a landslide. He was recently named World Wakeskate Champion for the 8th time and he just took home the wake-world’s most sought after Trick of the Year award judged by the heads at Wakeboarding Magazine. So what could possibly be left to do for the man who walks on water? Where does he go from here? Well, he’s on his way to shoot deer, obviously.
Tell us about the winning Trick of the year with the world’s first Frontside 360 Heelflip how did this NBD come to be?
I had been dreaming about it for a long time, pretty much since I did the first Frontside Heelflip. It’s kinda funny actually I’ve won Trick of the Year two times now, the first time was in 2007, when wakeskating was just a baby, I did the first Frontside Heelflip. And now almost 10 years later with the 360 Heelflip which is kinda funny. A bunch of my family came to the awards, we celebrated with a bunch of them afterwards, it was pretty cool to have everyone there.
Is this the most money you’ve banked doing just one trick?
Again, funny story (laughs) Tiga Boats hosted a online best trick contest and I won that with the same trick. I found out I won that like 2 weeks before that and made $5000 there.
Check the footage, Frontside 360 Heelflip
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What’s next up on the trick list, you working on some new things?
That’s how I push my riding is through doing new stuff. I’ve been trying some boat tricks, some wake to wake stuff that’s never been done before, like a wake-to-wake 720 I’ve come really close on it.
Lets hear a little bit about the World Champs in Portugal. This is your 8th World Championship win is a row?
Just if you’re counting the ones I’ve been in, I was injured one year. I couldn’t compete.
No way. That’s insane. So how was Portugal?
Portugal was awesome, it had been 9 years since I’ve been out of the country. It’s a beautiful site, beautiful place over there and the locals are pretty cool. A lot of them are wakeskaters so it’s cool everyone is super stoked, a lot of new faces which was cool.
What’s left for Reed Hansen the 8 time world champ who just took home trick of the year?
Well you know, Kelly Slater has 11 World Titles so I’ve gotta get to 12 (laughs)
So that was the last contest on the schedule for the winter, what’s the plan for the winter.
Pretty much just sit in a tree-stand and wait for deer to pass by my way.
Naw really, you’re a hunter?!
Yeah, I was actually just outside practising with my bow. My dad brought me hunting when I was 4 years old and I’ve been doing it ever since. My in-lawsws have a farm up in West Virginia post up there for a while. It’s super relaxing. Going in the woods, it’s really fun, you feel like a little kid again. And then being able to bring home totally organic non processed meat you know exactly where it’s coming from, it doesn’t get any better than that.
How are people going to get the most out of their HITCASE?
Don’t go too far without getting the mouth mount. The perspective is really cool, I’m using that one about 90% of the time.