BOATINGMAG.COM | JUNE 2019 | 21
What boat and board did you learn to wakeboard on?
I’m not sure of the year, but it was a TriHull Galaxy. If you
search a little ways back in my Instagram feed, you can see
me sitting in it. My first board was the Skurfer Rage 1988.
You’ve put out 23 pro-model boards with Hyperlite in your
career. Do you have one that really stands out?
It’s been 26 years with Hyperlite and 23 pro models currently.
It will be 24 in 2020. The Bug board, from 1998, was the first big
change when I wanted my board to be a lot wider, which allowed
a much more free-flowing rhythm and style. Up to that point, our
boards were a little too aggressive and ski-like. I love skiing to this
day, but when I’m sideways, I’m going for a different feeling.
What’s changed about wakeboarding during your career?
Boat and wake sizes. They’re huge! And honestly, not too cheap.
But it’s one of the best investments to be able to spend time with
your kids and friends in an environment that really doesn’t exist
outside of boating.
Where’s the coolest place wakeboarding has taken you?
When I wakeboarded behind a Super Air Nautique G23 on the
Sea of Galilee in Israel.
What’s it like being a character in your own video game?
Seeing myself riding in the game and on the box cover of the game
PH is something that is kind of weird but I’m super thankful for.
Wakeboarder Shaun Murray has ac-
complished more in his 30-year career
than most do in a lifetime, from winning
contests and incredible video sections,
to getting his own video game and even
competing on American Ninja Warrior.
We caught up with Murray about his
career. —Garrett Cortese
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