It’s hard to believe that David Roehm still may not be a recognizable name in wakeskating. The guy has poured everything he has got into his riding and the results have been nothing short of spectacular. Capable of doing things on the water no one else can should certainly put your face in magazines, your name on boards, or your riding in a section of any movie, but we haven’t seen any of these things. Through his career in wakeskating David has had to forge his path on his own with little to no support from the industry. One foot in front of the other, Roehm has kept pushing himself and from his progression he has grown a substantial Texas scene around him giving a crew of people the kind of support that he never got. The world of wakeskating hasn’t begun to reciprocate nearly enough for this true Texan talent. David somehow after ten years of progressing beyond everyone around him should have nothing more to prove, but somehow instead has everything to prove with his section in Istudiomo.
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What’s your date of birth? Where are you from? How long have you been wakeskating? What stance are you?
I was born December 9th, 1989 and I’m from Austin, TX. I’ve been wakeskating since 2006 so about 10 years, and I am left foot forward, regular stance!
Where did you learn to ride?
I learned to wakeskate on Lake Travis in Austin, TX.
What was it like learning to ride there? Were there any advantages or disadvantages to learning on Lake Travis?
We rode mostly along the stretch of water where the Pedernales River meets lake Travis. But we definitely explored the entire lake and know some buttery gems! Learning to ride out there was everything I could really ask for as far as learning goes. We had a small crew Andrew Roehm, Colton Voswinkel, Evan Molina and myself. But we were all about it, going out and riding every chance we got! We rode behind seadoos mostly and I think that really played a part in the styles of riding we have today! There were certainly advantages to learning out there. For one there are tons of massive cliffs which serve as great wind blocks on those blown out days. Another is there are plenty of branches and coves off of the lake that get shallow enough where boats can’t run safely, but seadoos have no problem, so that helped out a lot on weekends! One disadvantage to Lake Travis is, it’s not constant level. So the water level is always dropping. If we put rails in, you could maybe get a solid month out of them during the summer before you’d have to reset them.
What is the wakeskate community like in Texas?
The wakeskate community in Texas is awesome! We’ve got an epic crew of individuals in the central Texas area that are always down for whatever, be it riding ski, going out to the cable or winching! Everyone really seems to get amped and progress off each others riding!
When you first started wakeskating you rode wood boards for a long time, somewhere around five years. Then you made the switch to composite skates that you have been riding for the last four years or so. What are your thoughts on the two? Are there any unique benefits to each one? Do you feel that they bring out different styles from your riding?
This is true. Well you can thank Blake Steele for that. I really dug wood boards, and still don’t really have anything against them. If they’re built correctly. Anyways at this point in time in my wakeskating we were making a ton of trips to Baton Rouge to visit the Bayou Boys (Blake Steele, Josh Norman, Mitchell Reed Cobb, Etc..) and shred the Amite River. During all these trips Blake would continually ask me to try his Integrity out, and I eventually became fed up with breaking my wood boards that I made the switch over. Not to mention I did end up really loving the responsiveness and the way the composite boards ride. There are benefits to both board styles. I think it really comes down to the rider and what they are feeling at that point in time in their riding. Everyone has their own opinion on what they think is best, just do you!
Who’s riding has influenced your own? What makes their riding so impactful?
Well there are several guys riding that I continually go back and watch videos of lately. One of these homies is Andrew Fortenberry his all around versatility on a wakeskate is just unreal. Not to mention his style is on point! Another individual that I love to watch ride is Nick Taylor he has such an amazing effortless style and looks like no one else on a wakeskate. Finally The Boy! Ollie Moore such a fucking boss! He is unreal good, he makes lock in tricks look like nothing and is just an all around rad dude!
Which wakeskate pieces have inspired you to progress your wakeskating? Any films, particular video sections, or shots in magazines that motivated you?
Of course there are the Seasons sections that Kid, (Andew Roehm) released online! I watch those on the daily it seems like. More than Machines was an awesome one, Tad did a really good job! It has secured its spot in the wakeskate video history books for me! If I had to throw on a particular section right now, the first that comes to my head is Ben Horan’s in The Apocalyptic Tour video, Such a good section! A shot that has motivated me, there is one shot of Austin Pastura doing a frontside noseblunt on a cement ledge in a Wakeskate Magazine that is super good and that definitely inspires me to get my shit together!
You have pretty much personally trademarked wakeskating’s ‘pressure flip’ no one besides you does them very often and you are doing them up and down everything. What is it about that trick that is so appealing to you? What is it like having a trick almost synonymous to your riding?
Shoot, I’m not really sure. Something about how the rotation feels when I do them. When you do them right it feel almost like you just did a perfect big shuv! I haven’t thought about having it synonymous to my name. I guess its pretty cool, I’m sure there are haters out there, but I dig them.
What are some aspects to your riding you are hoping to work on in the future?
Man, I’m just going to let my riding do its own thing. When I try not to worry about progressing or what new tricks to learn, I feel like thats when I progress and learn new tricks it’s kind of weird. So pretty much just go out and have fun on the water!
What makes a good video section in your mind?
It all depends on who is riding in the section. Good Style, being an all around good rider plays a big role in it for me. A lot of it has to do with the editing and filming of the section for me too. If the section is edited or filmed shitty I lose interest quickly.
What are you most looking forward to during the filming of this film project?
I really just love all the journeys along the way, whether it be winch missions or trips to different cables. Just hanging out with the boys, watching all your good homies shredding and vibing! Thats what its all about!
You have been active on the wakeskate tour every year it has been running. How important is the competitive scene to you? What are these stops like in person? Are these competitions intimidating?
The competitive scene to me is not important at all. Yes, of course i’d love to go out there and land all of my tricks and ride amazing, but you have to just go with the flow and try not to stress doing well, at least for me. The stops are awesome in person! That really is the reason I go, is for the good times at all the stops. Getting to see all top wakeskaters in the game right now; everyone is ripping!
You have an encyclopedic knowledge when it comes to video parts. What is a part that you think many people haven’t seen but should go watch?
Man, That’s a tough one there are so many good videos out there. If I had to pick one that I don’t think many people have checked out, I’d have to say Blake Steele’s RUKUS X part that Mitchell Reed Cobb edited, it’s older probably 4 years ago or so. But it’s a section I watch often that I don’t think a ton of people have seen!
If you had the opportunity to hit any spot in the world, which spot would it be? Has this spot been hit before? What would you want to do at that spot?
Another tough one, well three pop into my head. The first is the spot outside the Oregon stadium the gap with the concrete hubbas looks really fun, but sketchy as hell! The second is Pandora in Australia, it just looks amazing. Then there is this spot that I know nobody has hit, but it’s pretty large, sketchy and on private property. But someday i’m going to go there and get an epic photo! Hopefully filming for Istudiomo.
You are going to get more opportunities to film for this project than anyone else. Does that put any extra pressure on you to perform?
Nah, I’m just going to try to put together the best part I can with the opportunities I get. Hopefully it will turn out well!
What are you expecting from Istudiomo?
I’m expecting the sickest wakeskate movie to come out since More than Machines! So don’t disappoint [laughs].
Photography by Bret Little and Andrew Roehm
Cinematography by Andrew Roehm