Kyler Green is an up and coming rider from Newberg, Oregon. He is a junior pro rider and also competes on the collegiate tour for Central Washington University where he helped them take first place in the Collegiate Alt Games Nationals this past year. He is only 19 years old and just finished his freshman year of college. You will definitely start hearing about this kid more often!
WW: How old were you when you first started wakeboarding?
KG: 11 years old.
WW: What made you choose Central Washington University?
KG: I’ve known Eddie Roberts (the president) for a while and I knew all the guys from the team, so I was happy to join a team of great guys that shred on the water.
WW: How many years have you been competing in the Junior Pro division on the King of Wake tour and do you plan on doing any of the comps this year?
KG: I’ve been competing on the tour for the last two years here and there. I’m going to the Monroe, Washington tour this year and the Nationals and Worlds.
WW: What is your favorite part of collegiate wakeboarding and the CWU wake team?
KG: My favorite part about collegiate wakeboarding is how many new people you meet and how you’re always riding with a crew of riders.
WW: How did it feel taking first overall in the Alt Games and leading your team to their first Collegiate Alt Games National title?
KG: It felt great to take the title at my first appearance, but it felt better to win as a team and I’m happy I contributed a lot to that win.
WW: It seems like a lot of seniors from the team are graduating this year. Are you going to help in any leadership positions to keep the team as national competitors?
KG: There are a good amount of seniors on the team graduating, so lots of people will have to step up, and I will help lead our team to become even better.
WW: Is it hard living in the northwest and not being able to ride year round?
KG: The northwest definitely has a downfall to wakeboarding. We get to ride five months out of the year if we are lucky.
WW: How do you keep your tricks consistent and clean when you have such a long offseason from wakeboarding?
KG: I just know that if I’m taking a set to go ride, then I get down to business and make the set as serious as possible.
WW: Would you consider yourself more of a competition rider or freerider?
KG: I like to ride in competitions to push myself, but I’d rather freeride on any day. It’s a whole different style of riding.
WW: What is your most memorable competition memory?
KG: I’d have to say the collegiate nationals because every rider was super laid back and there to have a great time. After celebrations were fun too.
WW: What is your favorite wake to ride behind?
KG: Let's be real, the big G23.
WW: Who is your favorite rider to watch ride?
KG: The Shredtown guys kill it every time.
WW: Where is your favorite place to ride?
KG: My favorite river to ride is the Willamette in Oregon.
WW: What is your favorite trick to throw?
KG: Big backside 180’s are my favorite, hands down.
WW: Are you currently working on any new tricks. If so, which ones?
KG: I’ve got a couple I’m working on. Some mobe 5’s, different variations of 9’s and just making all my other tricks look better and grabbing everything.
WW: When and where was the first pro or junior pro level competition you competed in. How were your nerves going into it and how did you do?
KG: It was the Monroe stop two years ago. I was nervous, but I kept my head straight because I felt privileged to be there.
WW: What set up are you riding and is there anything in particular you look for when choosing a set up?
KG: 138 Franchise with the System binding set up. I just like fast, but playful boards.
WW: Do you have a specific crew you go riding with when at home?
KG: Not really, just anyone who wants to join is welcome.
WW: In your opinion, who is the hottest female pro wakeboarder?
KG: That Nicola Butler girl. Man, if she’s not hot, I don’t know what is!
WW: If you could steal one trick from one rider, which trick would it be and from who?
KG: Alex Graydon’s crazy stalled out threes. So sick!
WW: What is the hardest crash you have ever taken?
KG: I don’t have the one that stands out from the rest, just the ones where you wake up in the boat. I could count those on both hands.
WW: Who are your sponsors?
KG: My sponsors are Hyperlite wakeboards, Body Glove wetsuits, Northwest Riders clothing and Active Water Sports wakeboard shop.