The 2011 Alliance Rider of the Year is Reed Hansen. Now you might have a hard time wrapping your head around the fact that this five-time reigning World Champion still lives with his parents. I guess the economy really is hard on all of us but still Reed, just twenty-one years old, prides himself on his Mama’s Boy status and clean non-drinking, non-smoking, non-swearing lifestyle. I kind of dislike the guy already because he seems so much better than me. I don’t smoke so I guess we both have that.
I’m not going to be a professional wakeskater anytime soon but I would imagine that the fame might go right to my head and I’d blow all my money and celebrity Charlie Sheen-style. Not Reed. People like him and he likes people. He is known to be an incredibly nice guy and real easy to talk to.
But let’s get to the reason I’m highlighting this Florida native. Hansen does tricks and landings that have never been done before and, watching his highlights online, some that you might not have ever conceptualized. He builds and rides rails like you’ve never seen and, when you watch him, it takes you back to the days when you looked up to athletes because of the amazing feats they accomplished and makes you want to do it too.
What many admire about Reed Hansen is his consistent high-performance that he brings each time he’s on the water. As the sport of wakeskating has increased in popularity over the last few years many pros have started to enter their own niches be it cable parks, boat riding etc. Think a skier or snowboarder that rocks a park and lacks the expert skills in a race – they have their specialties. Well, Reed Hansen has been known to do it all and do it all really well. He specializes in Wakeskating, pure and simple, and as the sport continues its growth, Hansen will be a leader of the pack.