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Taylor McCullough & TJ Giesey


Taylor McCullough

Taylor McCullough is only 20, but it seems like she's been riding forever. She always has a smile on her face and she's been a great contributor to our annual Toys For Tots auctions over the years. Her positive attitude and cool style are definitely fun to watch. It should be interesting to see what the next season holds for her.
WW: Age?
TM: 20
WW: From?
TM: Centralia, Illinois
WW: Lake you usually ride at?
TM: Lake Holden
WW: Do you ride more cable or boat?
TM: Depends on what I have coming up next! It’s good to switch it up when one gets boring.
WW: Favorite people to ride with?
TM: For boat, whoever is at my house to ride. For cable, I love riding with anyone who is better than me and tries to help me learn new things. It’s always fun riding with the boys and trying to follow their lines.
WW: What are some of the pros and cons of traveling the world for wakeboarding?
TM: Absolutely love traveling the world, seeing new places and meeting new people. I have met some of my best friends by traveling, but I do miss out on a lot of family things as I am gone all the time, which is definitely a downside to competing around the world.
WW: Do you usually get pretty over it by the end of the season?
TM: Toward the end of the season it does get a bit exhausting at times. It is definitely good to have some off time at the end of the season and not wakeboard for a bit.

Taylor McCulloughWW: What do you do in the off season to stay active?
TM: I continue to wakeboard in the off season and I go to Justin Cobb at ND Wellness.
WW: Favorite trip of the year?
TM: My favorite trip this year was probably Bali. It was my first time there and I had such an amazing time! I didn’t really spend much time riding, but we explored and traveled around a ton. It’s an absolutely beautiful place and I can’t wait to make a trip back!
WW: Best result of the year?
TM: For boat I came second at Wake Fest and cable I came third at Shark Wake Park Open.
WW: Plans for next season?
TM: I’m not too sure at the moment. I’m probably going to be buckling down on school, so that may limit what I will be doing next season.
WW: Board, rope, handle, jacket you ride?
TM: Board: Slingshot Valley, Rope: Follow, Handle: some random one I found in a boat, Jacket: Jetpilot Lady Luxe
WW: Sponsors?
TM: Centurion Boats,, Slingshot, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Jetpilot
WW: Special thanks to anyone?
TM: My dad for supporting me
WW: You can take three things/people to a deserted island. What/who would they be?
TM: My dog, Skylar, Rosé, a fan because I hate sleeping when it’s hot
TJ GieseyTJ Giesey is a wakeskater that I met while hanging out with George Daniels. He surprised me with some technical flat water tricks and he has great potential to be an amazing wakeskater if he keeps it up. You will definitely be seeing more of him on the scene.
WW: Age?
TG: 29
WW: From?
TG: Miami, Florida
WW: Lake you usually ride at?
TG: Clear Lake/Freedom Wakepark
WW: Who do you usually ride with?

TM: Usual riding crew is James McQuigan, Brandon and Tyna Rau, Tom Wooten, Sam Langley and many more out at Freedom Wakepark.
WW: Who influences your riding/style?
TM: I take influences from all over, but Nick Taylor and Andrew Pastura have definitely influenced my wakeskating the most.
WW: Where do you see the sport of wakeskating compared to its past?
TM: In 2018, wakeskating has definitely seen its ups and downs, but the riding is at a higher level than it's ever been, new rippers are popping up in every corner of the world and cameras are only getting better and cheaper, so my hope is that as the riding progresses and the ways of displaying it evolve, new companies whose products and customer base better align with the people and attitudes within the sport.
WW: Favorite wakeskater?
TM: Mauri Marassi and Tim Van Dortmont are two of my new favorites to see footage from.
TJ GieseyWW: Favorite cable to ride?
TM: CWC in CamSur
WW: Favorite wakeskate film?
WW: Plans for the upcoming year?
TM: This year I plan to visit more cables around the world and keep meeting amazing people. Hopefully, put out a part or two and plan some awesome events for wakeskating in 2019!
WW: New tricks you want to learn?
TM: Maybe learn some new stuff behind the boat and try some flips or something?
WW: Do you come from a skateboarding background?
TM: I come from a skateboarding background first, found wakeboarding later and eventually combined the two!
WW: Board, shoes, life jacket you use?
TM: Virtue Wakeskates 40", Adidas Lucas ADV, Follow Beacon
WW: Special thanks to anyone?
TM: Special thanks to my mom, sister and girlfriend, as well as Nick Taylor for being my main sponsor this past decade.
WW: You can take three things/people to a deserted island. What/who would they be?
TM: Maria/Diamond/Sunscreen


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