Professional wakeboarders Julian Cohen and Andrew Shearer recently made the trip down to Georgia to the Gravity Research Center, owned and operated by Wes Bearden. Julian made the trip down to give two up-and-coming grom riders some lessons on riding the System 2.0 two-tower cable system. Andrew just came down to get some good riding in. The boys brought cinematographer Blain LeBlanc along for the ride to get some shots of the groms riding and to get some shots for the up and coming Julian Cohen Documentary.
The weekend went great. The groms learned a few new tricks including a half cab glide off the kickers, back lip over the transfer box and a few variations of air tricks. Owner Wes Bearden was very welcoming and showed that southern hospitality.
The First day we arrived at about 3:30 and got right down to business with the riding. Andrew took a few laps around the park while filmer Blain LeBlanc shot some video from the various spots around the lake, including a canoe and the filmer's deck. Then it was time from the groms to hit the water.
They started off by warming up and then got down to business. With Julian coaching from the paddle board, he was sure to get an up close and personal coaching experience with the riders. They rode and rode until nightfall and took some pretty nasty falls while learning an air Raley. The two tough groms did not want to give up.
That night Wes took us all out to dinner at a local Mexican restaurant that had great food. Then off to the hotel we went to rest up and clear the memory cards of footage. The next morning we met Wes and the groms back a GRC at 8:30 sharp to carry on with the lessons.
The boys warmed up then got down to business working on the transfer box. The groms were both very quick learners and mastered a back lip in no less than five tries. Then the blind 180’s off the kickers started giving them some trouble. Encouraging rider and coach Julian Cohen would not let up, always giving them confidence to land that next hit. Then the groms both mastered the trick.
Julian's coaching methods were sure to make the groms the next best riders. The boys had to land the tricks they were being taught at least three times in a row to be able to move on to the next trick they wanted to learn.
The second day went great just as planned and they ended the day with Julian putting on a little demo showing the boys why he was, in fact, the one doing the coaching. Before we left, Wes gave us a tour of their indoor skate park they had in the barn and then sent us on our way. We filled our tank up with gas and made our way south back to Orlando.