Threyda Team Riders – Wakeskating

Threyda Team Riders – Wakeskating

Team Threyda

Threyda’s Family of athletes is a talented group of people involved in some of the newest and most expressive sports the world has to offer. Just like our visual artists, they are pushing their craft in a new direction and introducing their own unique styles. The sports we sponsor are art forms in themselves, and each athlete takes on a true artistic manipulation of reality through their craft. The people on our team represent the positive spirit and influence we hold in high regard. We look to a bright future with anticipation of watching our family of athletes help their respective sports evolve and leave something behind that will have a lasting impact.

Threyda Rider: Marcus Knox

Marcus “The Kid” has enough stoke for the whole team. This young ripper picked up a wakeskate a couple years back, and it changed his life forever. Marcus has some insane natural talent, and is progressing at an unbelievable rate. Along with his wakeskating, he skateboards and tramp skates more than anybody we know. He has a true understanding of the Wake industry, and is already making a name for himself. One of the luckiest kids we know, Marcus gets to look at beautiful women tanning all day long, both at work and at the beach. Always having a good time, it is hard to hang around Marcus and not want to party your face off. The question still remains, does he ever stop smiling? We are pretty sure as long as he has his wakeskate the stoke will remain!

What is wakeskating?

Wakeskating is a water sport and an adaptation of wakeboarding that employs a similar design of board manufactured from maple or from fibrerglass. Unlike wakeboarding, the rider is not bound to the board in any way, which gives the sport its own unique challenges. Instead, the top surface of the board is covered with griptape, (in a similar fashion to a skateboard) or a soft, high-traction, foam, usually referred to as EVA foam, covering that is kinder to riders in the inevitable crashes and also allows a rider to ride barefoot. Riders usually wear shoes, similar to skateboarding. The speed at which riders wakeskate behind a PWC(Powered Water Craft), cable system, or winch is generally 16–22 miles per hour. However, this depends on water conditions, the weight of the rider, their proficiency in the sport, as well as a preference matter of the rider.

Some of the earliest activity resembling wakeskating dates back to the late ’70s and early ’80s with freeboarding or wakesurfing. Originally, riders would surf behind boats with long boards, but eventually the sport evolved towards boards that were much shorter which allowed riders to launch airs off the wake and even ollie. However, the watersports industry leaned strongly towards bindings, resulting in the focused evolution of wakeboarding. Wakeskating would eventually begin to take notice in the mid ’90s, and the growth continued. It is increasingly popular in youth culture across the globe, but is prevalent mainly in its country of origin, the United States. An aspect of wakeskating that draws many aficionados to it, as opposed to wakeboarding, is progression without the need for the large and extremely expensive boats (necessary to create the wake for wakeboarders to achieve maximum airtime). An alternative to using wakeboard boats to tow riders is using high powered jet skis. This method of watercraft can provide an adequate tow, with little or no wake. Jet skis are better for shallow water or where water obstacles are available to perform tricks on. Recently, the use of a high speed winch designed for wakeskating and wakeboading has allowed riders to bring the sports to small ponds or other waterways where boats and jet skis cannot operate.

Wakeskating tricks are inherently more technical than wakeboarding. The tricks are based firmly on skateboarding as opposed to snowboarding. Numerous tournaments and competitions exist throughout the world for the sport of wakeskating.

Markalan - Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Markalan moved to Pacific Beach in 1994. During his first four years in San Diego, he worked as a photographer for the United States Navy. Over the past decade, he's been behind the bar or turntables in many of San Diego's nightclubs, and venues. He's shared his musical selections with Southern & Baja California, and the Mayan Riviera. During these years, he could be found exchanging his time for vinyl at Groove Records and Siesta Records. 

He often worked for trade, to support his vinyl addiction. He currently owns over 8,000 records. "Listening to my father's albums is when it all began. Flipping through the stacks, cleaning off the LP, placing the needle on the record, reading the lyrics, studying the artwork, and enjoying the rich analog sound. Sure, there are occasional pops & you might have to clean the record. You actually have to flip the record at the end of the side. It's not a play list or program on shuffle. You are present, involved, and engaged in the listening process. 
Please Keep Vinyl Alive & Support Local Artists!" 
Markalan

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