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Be short to check out the latest issue of Unleashed online at http://issuu.com/unleashedwakemag/docs/unleashed59. Stoked on this shot that ran. Photo Credit: Bradlee Rutledge.
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8 Hours Notice – Part 2


This trip was out of no where and it was as much fun as it looks in this video. If you like trick skiing check out the mad hatter whip I take on the 8 Hours Notice road trip. Thanks Humanoid wakeboards.

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This was something I wanted to try as soon a Unit came out with this pool. I thought I would have to speed the cable up to do it. So I worked out the best time with OWC to do it. Early morning was the only time that would work for the park. As I was waking up riding into the pool gap. I quickly realized that I couldn’t use my edge to get speed because soon as I edged I would be out of line with the rail I was trying to land on. So I had the operator speed the cable up to 49k. It felt fast and I was out of control for a lot of the hits. After many slams the first morning of trying it I made one front board on the kink rail. I new it was possible to 270 it so I talked the guys at OWC into letting us come back and try it again. The second morning of trying it I felt way more commutable with the speed and how hard to push off the take off. I had a few where I was winding the windows down and not really locking into the rail. The cable was about to open so I got the 1 more call from the boys and everything camp together on my last hit. I was stoked as you can see by my uncontrollable fist pump at the end haha. Would of been way cooler if I didn’t clam it but I was just that stoked.

8 Hours Notice Part – 1 with Bob Sichel & Mark Rugala


Bob Sichel, Trevor Bashir and myself received a call from the Humanoid crew asking if we could do a last minute road trip to Hexagon, Jibtopia and Terminus wake park last fall. Of cores we were down. Riding new spots and road trips with mates is what we live for. Mark Rugala showed us some good ol’ fashion North Carolina hospitality along with some riding and parting too. Enjoy part one. I’m guessing my footage is in part two.

Thanks: Hexagon, Jibtopia, Terminus, Mark Rugala, Robert Norman, Matt “Hotsauce”, Jeff Mathis, John Bemis, The Hamricks for making this trip awesome.

Clips to Nowhere

I had the opportunity to work on a Alliance edit in 2013. In the past the guys filming for Alliance would give you maybe an hour of their time and use everything and anything that they shot of you. For me it always felt like I was riding just so the filmer could get enough footage to put another edit out and get paid. Regardless of whether I was stoked on it or not, nec minuet there’s footage of me having a shit ride on Alliance. 2013 this all changed with Spencer Noris coming on board with Alliance. Spencer came to me about doing an edit when I first got to Orlando in March. I was stoked that he wanted to make something I would be happy with. We only filmed a couple sessions but when we did Spencer was dedicated to getting the best clips possible. The first film session we did was a morning at OWC. We did some gopro laps and then Spence jumped on his red cam and we went from obstacle to obstacle. It was hot and I was trying to get the tricks I wanted perfect. After a little over an hours I remember asking Spencer if he was ok with still filming because it had been so long. Spencer replied in a stoked manner, go as long as you want. I’ll sit here till your happy with it mans. Thankfully not long after that I got the last trick I want to do. From that first session I knew that this edit was going to be something I’d be happy with. We packed up and planned out another shoot to get some boat footage. I had a good boat set the next time we filmed and the filming for edit was done. I’ve worked on more full length parts them most through my carrier and it’s funny how you just know if it’s going to be a good part/edit etc. As a rider you pick up on a filmers love for the sport and your riding vibes off that. Spencer brings good vides and dedication. That’s probably why he was responsible for some of the best web edits we have seen to date in 2013. I like filming because it’s the best way to work on your style. There isn’t a better way to better your style then film. But it’s a team effort and a lot of the time the combination of personality’s and visions can clash creating a working environment that just won’t produce a good end result. This was not the case at all when filming with Spencer Norris. Check out the left over footage from Spencer’s work with many rides in 2013.
Grateful to have worked with Spencer and so many amazing talented filmer’s over the years. Kids find your crew and get filming. It the best thing you can do for your riding.

Humanoid 8 Hour Notice Teaser

This was a random trip Trever, Bob and myself took after we got a call from Humanoid. Eight hours later we were on the road to Hexagon, Jiptopia, and Terminus for a day or two of riding at each park. 

Europe Trip 2013

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Photo’s by Chris O’Shea unless otherwise noted. Images not to be reposted or used without permission. Thanks and enjoy.

This year Mitch Langfield and myself set out with a goal to travel around the globe riding our water boards and documenting all the highs, lows and everything in between. Mitch has had the idea for this project for some time and as it comes together, you can expect to see some teasers featured on TheblueCircle vimeo page . We kicked this world tour movie off with a trip to Europe. Mitch planned out a 2 month trip though France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Holland and Denmark, with the intent to ride as many cables and winch spots we could. As well as getting a few contest done along the way, Fise, Wake The Line and Wake Of Steal. I couldn’t do whole 2 month so I bailed after Germany. Fise was the first contest, so we decided to hit up TNG cable in France. TNG is based in the little town called L’isle Jourdan. Aaron Gunn showed up on the 2nd day we were their and had no solid game plan for his time in Europe. Mitch: “So Aaron you want to travel with us and film for the new vid were doing?” Aaron: “I’ve got no plans I’m down.” Mitch: “Sick we got a grommet to help man a camera.” Easy as that. A few lessons on the camera and he was good to go. Having an extra hand to help film has been huge, along with having the opportunity to work with Aaron on a full part. We had a couple of fun GoPro set’s one day and Aaron had the stoke meter working overtime. It’s really fun seeing the dudes progression curve.

The cable was open from around 1 to 8pm. We were stoked to film in the afternoon light because it was cold most days. Most days were overcast but we scored a couple of good days. There was a legit step down pipe rail that everyone was stoked to get a few hits on film. It was cool seeing all the locals rides. They all ripped and I think it’s because they have legit rails to learn on making them better riders. In no time we were friends with the local crew that kicked it on the bank all day riding the park, drinking beers and having a good time. The common ground though wakeboarding was there even though we didn’t talk a lick of French. They had some sick winch spots and took us to one down the road that was a 12 foot drop. It was hard work getting the rope back each time but Mitch and I went for it and got some cool photo’s and video out of it. Making it worth the pain haha.
Other then riding our faces off everyday we spent time skating around the little town. Most of the time it felt like a gohst town. For the fist 4 days in town I think I saw a total of 20 people and they were all over the age of 70. It was like a little retirement village that had a dope cable down the road. The shops would be closed most of the time and it seemed a slow pace life. Until the weekend when there was a market. All of a sudden there were people everywhere with there little stores set up along the street almost like people from all over come to the town on sunday to get there things for the week and then disappear for another week. I found the food a little strange. The town is know for there Duck. Duck liver fat spreads on bread was a given at restraints, and raw mince meat was a delicacy. We’d eat Chocolate croissants everyday for breaky, best croissants in the world but after about 20 that week, croissants got old. Most nights you couldn’t find anything to eat after 6 and we would still be riding. So we had to skate about 3 kilometers out of town to Mc Donald’s most nights. It was a supper sick skate with some big hills to bomb. Thanks to all the locals that let us have run of the park and do what ever we wanted. I suggest going and checking out TNG if your in France and like to ride. It’s about an hour out of Toulouse.
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After logging some rad clips we hit the road to Montpellier for the contest Fise. The most intense contest I’ve ever been to. But not in a way that all the Athletes are getting supper competitive and egotistic (that happens in some country’s), more like thousands of drunk French people running around screaming there heads off for 5 days. Everyone got to ride the course a fair bit before the event. Actually, after the qualifying round we got to practice. It’s all a bit backwards but it’s a hell of a time. We made the most of the setup they had made for us to ride and got some footage while free riding the course for a couple of days. The safety factor wasn’t applied to this course and why would it be. There were no rules anywhere it seemed. It was like being at a old school core bowl event where everyone is partying and shredding. It was sick! The Australian bar was our home for the 5 day event.

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I’d be lying if I said it was a bummer the event had to end. After 5 days of good times we took a rough train ride to Barcelona. Shane Bonifay joined us which is always good when your feeling under the weather. Shane is the best story teller I know. Story time with Shane all the way to Barcelona helped ease the pain from the 5 day madness. With the understanding that we had a winch to use in Barcelona we were all stoked to get some unique stuff done. Mitch had been there the year before and knew it was a gold mine for rad winch spots. We rocked up to a sick 2.0 that is on the ocean and had a little shred. The crew with the winch informed us that the winch had just broke. That killed our plans pretty fast. Then the rain and crazy winds set in for the next 4 days. It was a bust but we made the most of the city. Skating from bar to bar, ordering tapas and beers. Shane shared his standup comedy act he wants to perform one day. He’s got some gold.

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After 4 days of good times, it was time to get back on the train again to Germany for Wake The Line. I was stoked to go to this contest after watching it live on the internet for the past few years. It’s a unique course set up in 2 Olympic size swimming pools. After the first practice run you realize that riding here is completely different to anything else. You have to land everything clear or you wont be setup for the next rail hit. Or worse you could skip out of the pool and land on the concert. Practice wasn’t going well for me and I was feeling sick in the cold weather. Not seeing a winter in 11 years will make you sensitive to the cold. First head to head heat I was out. The guys who had been riding the event for years looked the most comfortable. Mitch killed it and made it to the final 6. Brenton was there and he won the Quarter pipe event. It was rad seeing the homies kill it. Shane & Chris O Waiting for the train. Photo MitchBP6A3070  BP6A3219 BP6A3341BP6A3366BP6A3183HenshawBP6A3517 Stephen Wallet getting limber. BP6A3537 KasenBP6A3600-EditBP6A3648 RossiBP6A3675 Dom stalin BP6A3682 RaphBP6A3707-Edit ShaneBP6A3749 CrewBP6A3771BP6A3779BP     Mitch

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Last stop was The Bricks. All the rails are made of Brick. Hence the name. It was cold but that’s Germany from my understanding. Beautiful country side and awesome people, but brutally cold. Maybe not that cold, but for me it was. The Bricks is owned by a really nice family that looked after us better then we could of ever expect. We had full access to the park every morning before it opened. Mark Rossiter and Manu Rupp spent the week riding with us. Riding rails made of brick is sick because there so solid and don’t move when you land on them. We added on a little gate onto some of the rails there and everyone got some rad clips, except for Aaron who pissed off to England to get nothing done. The last nights, Lucas took us out to a place called The Castle. The Castle was a castle. The place was a blast. Every room was like being in a different bar. They had the rock room, the metal room, the DJ room etc. A place that all walks of life were partying. We thrashed the Metal and rock room all night,then it was time for me to

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Inside the Humanoid factory

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It’s an exciting time for myself and the team at Humanoid Wakeboard’s. This year, Humanoid set up their own custom factory in Orlando Florida. Having the factory so close to where we all live, brings new opportunities for product testing and building boards to the highest standard. For the last year I’ve been working on my first pro model board with Kyle Schmidt and the team. I couldn’t of had a better opportunity to really create a board I love to ride. I remember the first thing Kyle said to me about doing the board, ‘Chris I’m just here to mold the board you want to ride’. So I railed off all the things I wanted out of this board, 6 fins, fast edging, aggressive pop, soft landing, 144 size, rocker line etc. So after going through the start up process and what features I wanted, Kyle went to work on a 3d cad design that really showed me how the board would look. From there we tweaked it and started prototyping. The first board came out really fun but was a little flat. I really wanted a board that had a lot of rocker but stayed really fast on the water. The double belly and channels in this board keep it fast even with lots of rocker in the board. I like a board that tracks and holds a strong edge, making it a good board for beginners as well because it really makes you hold your edge all the way to the top of the wake. The interesting thing about the rocker is we kept under cooking the amount of rocker we wanted in the board. So kyle made one with more then 3 inch’s of rocker because we kept coming short of 3 inch’s which was the goal. To my surprise the board worked the way I wanted it with over 3 inch’s of rocker in it. All that rocker really made the board land a lot softer and have a great release off the wake.

With the factory being 30 mins away from my house, I was able to go make my board with Kyle and then go ride it that day. There’s something special about creating a beautiful board and then taking it out for a ride. It’s poetic and makes every carve more powerful then the next.

For information on Humanoid Wakeboard’s go to humanoidwake.com.

Photo’s: Adam Aslanian, Trevor Bashir and myself. Enjoy.

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European travel edit.

This is a fun edit that our buddy Ben Howl put together for Union magazine. It’s mostly cool lifestyle shots and throw away footage because Ben is saving all the bangers for his new movie Waffle House. We had a ball as you can see. Enjoy.

Summer Trails full part

This edit came together pretty natural. Over the Australian and US summer I had my friend hold my camera every now and again. After about 6 months we had the footage you see in this edit below. Josh Robinson has been somebody that I have worked with on edits for a long time. I found this song on youtube one day and was pumped on it and had a rough idea of how the edit will come together when I went to Josh. As always Josh we above and beyond and put it all together better then expected. Thanks everyone that helped along the way. Your names are in the edit. Grateful for all the rad people and times that this sport has given me. Enjoy Summer Trails till next time. Stoked!

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A few pic’s from JibTopia during the latest Humanoid trip to North Carolina.
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Follow Season 3


Follow to release its much anticipated 3rd range worldwide. Melbourne, Australia August 8th 2014.

After extensive development by the team, Follow’s much anticipated 3rd range is due to be released on August the 8th.

“We have developed our range, welcomed new members and expanded our horizons. We have grown stronger, more determined and passionate by broadening into the international European and U.S markets. Stepping it up on all fronts. We have put together a selected team that not only push the sport as freeriders but project the sport how we think it should be portrayed.” said company director Steve Anderson.

Follow’s whole direction is about family and supporting the riders that are pushing wakeboarding day in day out. “Sometimes less is more; we use this concept with our product. Better materials, unique style and product that the best riders in the world are proud to put their name on.
We are proud to call our riders family” said Steve.

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Follow is now looking for new retailers and distributors worldwide and will be attending surf expo in Orlando Florida with the new range. If you’d like to carry Follow in your store and support a brand that is helping to push wakeboarding further please contact Steve Anderson to book an appointment at info@followmenow.com

Ben Horan Kickflip Robina gap.

Ben and some of the Remote crew were out in Oz last summer. Winching up and down the east coast. I had the opportunity to meet up with the boys at Robina gap on the Gold coast. Ben stopped this kick flip down the biggest drop I’d seen someone wakeskate in person.
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Waffle House Teaser

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Ben Howells from Pilchard Production has released a teaser for his up and coming movie, Waffle House.  Moving to Australia from his home in England last summer. Ben spent some of his days at cable parks around the country. With a Natural eye for filming and footage from all over the globe. Waffle house is something to look forward to. Check out the Teaser and a few pic’s I’ve taken along the way.


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