photos courtesy of Brigade Wakesurfing and Surfs Up NH
There’s a quiet revolution going on right now in the wave-riding world. Revolutions are never the result of a single cause; they are the products of many strands coming together at the right time in the right place. By letting go of the tow ropes, wakesurfers have been blending the best of surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding into a sport entirely their own. Add to this the explosion of wave pools across the world like Surfs Up NH and Kelly Slater’s wave pool, and you’ve got a new crop of serious shredders. Leading the charge of this revolution sits King Jake Caster.
Less than a month after turning 17, Jake took 1st Place in Surfs Up NH’s Tropical Wave Shred Contest. He took 2nd in the contest last year. Not only is he sponsored by Brigade Wakesurfing, he has his own custom model, The Brigade “Caster Pro” Skim. According to Brigade, “The Jake Caster Pro is constructed with the lightest of our foam densities but with the strongest fiberglass schedules we have ever done on a skim, which is what helps give him all that pop off the wave for doing his huge shuv tricks.” Not many 17-year-olds can say they have their own board (in any sport)!
Ever the innovator, Jake is bringing his creativity to the world of wake, stomping tricks like the 720 Big Spin and even wake surfing at night with a special board designed by Brigade with LED lights. Check it out!
Sure, he might be one of the best wake surfers on the planet with a goal of stomping a 540 Shuvit, but he’s also a humble New England kid with a genuine smile and shaka stoke which will take him far no matter where he goes in life. For now, he’s living the dream as an ambassador of this revolutionary sport and looking to attend a southern college where he hopes to continue competing. Right on, Jake!