Guy Firer is an Israeli ripper that I first met through riding cable, but he's been spending more and more time behind the boat this past year and he's turning heads everywhere he rides. With a coach like Mike Ferraro, it's no surprise that Guy has been stepping up his boat game. Watch the video and see if you don't agree!
GF: 20 years old
WW: How much time has it been since the last time that you were staying at The Boarding School and training with Mike Ferraro?
GF: It's been eight months since last time I been to TBS.
WW: What have you been up to since then?
GF: So, basically last time I been here I trained for The World Games that I ended up in 3rd place, one of the biggest achievements for me in the sport. But since I been riding a lot of boat in 2017, and not that much cable, I missed the cable a bit and decided to try to combine cable riding and boat as much as I can. But since it's pretty hard to combine both of them in Israel because the boat lake is two hours away from the cable and the cable is closer to my house, so I ended up in riding mostly cable.
In end of the December '17, we had in Israel the biggest ceremony of all the Israeli athletes that is presented by the Israeli minster of the sport and in that ceremony I won Athlete of the Year because of me winning third place in TWG. So that was a big achievement for me and then a few days after the ceremony in January I flew to Thailand to ride cable and push myself as much as I can before I headed to TBS because once I got here I mostly rode boat.
Then in the beginning of February I flew to TBS for two months to ride boat and progress as much as I can before the world championship in Argentina. I came back to TBS because this is the best place to ride and practice on boat with the best coaches and the best conditions. I learn here a lot of new tricks like 360 rewind 180 and right foot forward heel 9 and learned to grab most of my tricks and be more consistent.
WW: What is a normal day for you out there from the time you wake up until you go to bed?
GF: A usual day here is I wake up in the morning eating breakfast and start to warm up my body so that it will be ready to ride and then sending Travis a message arranging a time to ride. Usually at 10:00 AM is my first sesh. And after this sesh making myself some healthy food and then probably going to lake Ronix or going to ODub to ride some cable with the guys. And after coming back for another afternoon sesh and after I make myself dinner. Basically, that's a regular day here.
WW: Are you going to be competing on the US Pro Wake Tour and in what category?
GF: I will love to ride in all the US Tour, but for that I want to push myself even more to compete with all the pro riders and I'll push myself as much as it takes to get there. I just need an opportunity that I'll be able to stay here for a while and ride every day on the boat, step by step!
WW: What are your general plans for the 2018 season?
GF: 2018 Is going to be a big year full of competition. I'm going to compete on boat and cable and try to push myself to the top!
WW: I heard your family from Israel paid you a surprise visit here recently. How was that and where did you take them?
GF: Like two weeks ago I was at my house and decided to go out and grab some food and on the way out to the road form TBS I suddenly saw a white car that, at first, I didn't recognize, but that was my dad in that car. He surprised me and came to me. It was the biggest surprise I ever could ask for. I was so happy to see him and so hyped about it.
And the day after, my sister was supposed to land in Miami after five months of traveling all over South America, five months that nobody of our family saw her. And me and my dad drove down there to surprise her too and it was the best moment ever to see her so happy to see me and, especially, my Dad. She was super excited from it because there's nothing like family. So we went on a family trip down to Key West, one of the most beautiful places I ever been too. Then I came back with them to Orlando and show them how I live here. I couldn't ask for better company to spend my time than them. The best family ever!
WW: Sponsors, special thanks to anyone?
GF: I want to thank Ayelet Federation that supports me and gave me the opportunity to be here. And especially thanks to Ronix wakeboard for hooking me up with the best gear out there. You're the best. Blue Wake Water Sports, Stream Yacht, Nautique Boats, Lake TLV, the cable in Israel, Zaros. And special thanks to The Boarding School for the hospitality; Travis Moye, Jimmy McClure, Scott Stewart and for sure for the one and only Mike Ferraro. And to Norbi Vasko for coming out and filming me riding. My family that support me. And to all my friends. I couldn't get to where I am without all of you!! Thank you very much. And remember, have fun from every moment of your life and be happy as much as you can!