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MotoSurf World Cup

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Having a wakeboarding school in Fort Myers, I like to make myself available to learn about other watersports. One of those sports happened to be at the Pro Watercross World Championship held on October 27-29 in Naples, Florida. I know what you are thinking and it’s probably one of two things: a) what in the world is watercross? OR b) what does this have to do with wakeboarding? Read More

Surfers For Autism

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On Saturday, October 28, I had the opportunity to volunteer with a super cool organization called Surfers For Autism. This is a non-for-profit organization that allows children with autism the chance to surf and paddleboard. Much like the idea of Equine Therapy, surfing has proven to have similar therapeutic benefits to allow special needs children to break down barriers and have the time of their lives. Read More

Rider Spotlight: Riley James

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This October I had the opportunity to work with young shredder, Riley James. Sydney and I traveled up to a lake near the Iowa/Missouri boarder this summer to give lessons to the James family for the day, and this is where I first met Riley. In that single session, Riley landed a tantrum in only five attempts. It was at that point I knew he had serious potential. Read More

The Wake of Fort Myers Boat

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Launching Kirby’s School of Wake Fort Myers has been a dream come true. Sydney and I are so grateful when we reflect back on this winter in Florida and see all the puzzle pieces that had to fit together just right to make it work.

As you know, by the grace of God, we purchased the wakeschool’s first boat in January. This was THE most important element of our expansion to Fort Myers not only because of obvious reasons, but because what we needed was very specific. It needed to be the right price, a salt-water edition, relatively low hours, and it needed to provide a wake suitable to high-end wakeboarding, beginner wakeboarding, and it needed to produce a viable wakesurf wave. Read More

Shop Kirby’s Closet

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If you’ve known me for any amount of time, you know how passionate I am for the Fox Brand. I have represented Fox for seven years and can say without any hesitation that there is no other clothing brand I would want to associate with. Fox shares my love for action sports and works hard creating clothing with both athletes and enthusiasts in mind. They are a company of excellence and their quality products reflect that.

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Hope Floats

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In March 2015 I began dreaming up the possibility of having a winter wakeboarding school in Fort Myers, Florida. I clearly recall the day I first spotted the Caloosahatchee River. I was crossing the I-75 Bridge on my way to Revolution Cable Park and thought to myself, “Wow now THAT would be a great place to ride!” That exact moment catapulted me into drawing up plans to explore the area’s potential. Read More

Welcome to Punta Cana!

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Kirby and I have never found ourselves tracking a hurricane more closely than the week of October 2nd. We are used to the threat of tornadoes back home, but hurricanes…those are a whole new world. Fresh from Missouri, we sat out on our friend’s lanai in Orlando contemplating our options.  The Malibu Punta Cana Pro was the last professional competition of the year. It was scheduled for October 7-9 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The easy and “safe” thing seemed to be to cancel our flights, but wait, wait, wait…let’s rewind and start from the beginning to get you caught up. Read More

Personal Best Contest 2016

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The third annual Personal Best Contest was held on Saturday, September 24. There is not a better way wrap up the wakeboarding season at Lake of the Ozarks. This is a very special event we host. It is here that we give our customers an opportunity to wakeboard/wakesurf for a cause. All proceeds went towards supporting the continued recoveries of professional wakeboarder, Brad Smeele and professional wake skater, Matt Manzari.

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Freedom Church Boat Day

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The Work of a Pastor

Have you ever considered how hard the job of a pastor is? Pastors are constantly helping people with their struggles, organizing community outreaches and weekly services, managing life groups and church staff…BUT on top of all of that, the pastor has a weekly public speaking engagement to prepare for. I’ve come to notice that most pastors rarely rely on their notes AND many pastors present the same message to multiple services. Can you image trying to construct impactful, Spirit-led messages EVERY week and know them well enough to give them virtually without notes? This has never crossed our minds until Kirby was so graciously invited by Pastor Dennis to give the message at Freedom Church in Osage Beach, Missouri. Read More