Shane Bonifay has been a professional wakeboarder for 21 of his 33 years. From bringing closed toe set ups to the masses, to wake-pants, to acting as the driving force behind the ‘Pointless Crew’ Shane has done a lot over his 21 years of being a pro and shares the best and worst on the podcast
Shane Bonifay Show Notes
:10: The hit and run saga
8:05: Photo shoot for Liquid Force
12:28: Competing in three event and then getting a boat and wakeboard in 1994
13:34: Picked up a sponsor a year and a half later (Liquid Force) and being on them for 20+ years
14:30: Going under the knife
15:25: Wakeboarding is a sport for the privileged, how was his lifestyle growing up?
16:30: Waterski school at his house and the perks that came along with that.
17:41: Other sports, rollerblading and ramps in the backyard
19:21: What is high school like for him? Was he on the standard program?
22:30: School continued
23:28: Growing up with an older brother who is crushing it on a global level and who are his influences
25:05: The Pointless Crew and video shooting and editing today.
28:49: Controversy on the internet and how did it impact his career?
32:14: What does he think of contests in general?
35:47: Was there any jealousy of Parks’ success? What was it like coming up in Parks’ world and who wins at fights?
37:35: What are his hobbies outside of riding?
39:47: 2008 and being looked at as one of the second wave of rail guys….Any features that stick out?
42:29: How much can a pro wakeboarder make in a year?
44:19: The party aspect and lifestyle of his career compared to pros coming up today
45:11: The closed toe innovation in wakeboarding and Shane’s influence
47:35: The worst trick names in the world come from wakeboarding
48:18: What’s next for Shane?