Nick Robinson is tough as nails. You wouldn’t come across a more tenacious and rugged man in the grittiest old western movie. His relentless drive to land his tricks is unparalleled; there is little that will stand in Nick’s way. He’ll brave the tallest drops with the shallowest landings and tackle the sketchiest ledges, literally. Nick isn’t that cliché strong though, he is strong in its very essence. Beyond his riding Nick’s supportive, hardworking, and grateful for every opportunity he gets. He’ll move the winch a quarter-mile through swamps, down cliff sides and over fences without a complaint. He’ll pull you for hours motivating you to keep going, then silently crush the spot after you. Robinson’s section is destined to make people re-question what can be done on a wakeskate. His riding warrants much more recognition than this film can provide. It’s only a nod to his talents when he deserves a standing ovation.
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What’s date of birth (please give dates not years old)? Where are you from? How long have you been wakeskating? What stance are you?
2/17/1992 From Phoenix Arizona been riding goofy for ten years
Where did you primarily learn to ride? Did you find that area to be an easy place to learn to wakeskate?
Boca Raton Fl. It was an easy place to learn how to wakeskate, because I lived 3 miles away from the cable. When i was a grom my parents used to drop me off their and I would literally ride all day long.
Spending the majority of your time riding on the cable how do you feel it has affected your riding? Are there many advantages to learning how to wakeskate behind the cable?
Riding cable definitely made me into a more consistent rider. I personally like the challenge of learning a new trick on the cable because it takes a lot of effort to learn. The whole process of falling then you have to swim back then wait in line then go back out and fall again can be an annoying task but yet also very fulfilling. It really makes you work for it.
With cable being such a big influence on your riding what is your perspective on their steady growth globally? Is it good for wakeskating?
Cable has definitely helped the sport of wakeskating, It’s the easiest form of riding. You don’t need to depend on anyone to go out and ride, just pay and go. It has helped push The Wakeskate Tour to display the highest form wakeskating has to offer.
You sort of came out of nowhere in the Wakeskating scene. A couple online clips here and there, and then just a moment later you were standing on podiums at numerous events. At the same time you were releasing heavy video sections for Aquarium Hardgoods, Southern Wakeskates, and throwing down some unthinkable hammers down aboard. Did it all it happen as quickly as it seems to the outside, or was it a strenuous process for you to get to this point?
I never really started wakeskating thinking I was going to compete in it. I just enjoyed doing it, but then I heard about the Wakeskate Tour and I was just excited about watching all the pros ride and also just riding at the best spots. I didn’t expect to do as well as I’ve done in the competitions so that came out of nowhere but I’ve put in a lot of hours on the water. I wasn’t naturally good at wakeskating but I rode a lot and I enjoyed it as well. Anything you like a lot and put in ten years of consistent action you’ll be good at.
You are extremely consistent in contests specifically The Wakeskate Tour events. Is there any specific steps you take prior to an event in preparation for the contest that ensures your best performance?
I noticed whenever I’m calm I ride the best. So before my heat or even during I like to do some deep breathing to keep myself relaxed. I tend to get pretty nervous for contests.
Who is someone you really enjoy watching wakeskate? What is it about that rider and their style that is so appealing?
I really enjoy people who are pushing the sport and who take risks. I feel as if most pro riders aren’t really pushing the limit and are kinda just free riding on their sponsors. I like watching people like Clément Deprémonville, Travis Doran or the Pasturas. They are truly pushing the sport and trying to showcase what wakeskating really is and what the future of the sport will look like.
Is the sport moving in a direction that you want it to?
I think the future of wakeskating is moving in a good direction, especially when you have people like Andrew Pastura leading by example and showcasing the potential of the sport.
You have made a couple trips out to the Philippines to ride at Camsur Water Complex. Would you recommend the complex to a wakeskater? — Since you learned to wakeskate behind the cable and it being somewhere you feel most comfortable on the water, What was it like going to a place like CWC having so many versatile set-ups to hit all underneath the cable?
I would definitely recommend the complex to a wakeskater. CWC is a wakeskater’s paradise. It has multiple drops and a bunch of different rails to choose from and you can ride it all day long if you choose to. It was always a dream to go their especially since I grew up on cable. It was pretty unreal waking up in the morning knowing that my job for the day was just wakeskating and then you walk out of your cabin and you see the best wakeskate set up you’ve ever seen. It can definitely spoil you [laughs] but after I got used to the cable and all the gaps their it felt like home and I didn’t want to leave.
If there are any newcomers to wakeskating reading this interview what is a little tip or piece of advice you would want to you tell them to keep in mind while they progress their riding? What is something you wish you knew when you first started that they should know?
I would tell all the newcomers to just have fun with it and stop riding bi levels because they look like shit [laughs].
You and a select few other wakeskaters have the ability to jump down some of wakeskating’s tallest drops. You even take it to such extremes that you are doing pretty technical tricks down them as well. How do you handle such strong impacts? and How do you convince yourself to continually hurl yourself down these drops over and over?
I’ve never really had a problem with big impacts I guess its because I have a pretty active lifestyle. I was riding my bike a lot and I try to get involved with other sports as well. I think growing up on the cable helped me get the discipline to stay on one trick so I’ll usually stay there until I land it no matter how big or small the drop is.
It is typical for you to be trying something sketchy and dangerous out on the water and in most situations you leave a spot with a couple clips and nothing but a few scratches. Although recently you sustained a pretty serious injury while filming for your section in Istudiomo. How do you handle situations mentally that are dangerous and pose the possibility of injury? Do you have any mental tricks to convince yourself to try these particularly sketchy things? and how do you handle the aftermath if things go wrong and you are injured?
Yea normally I’ll try to go for something sketchy only because I like pushing the sport and seeing where it could go but that’s just me and the way I’ve always been with anything I enjoy. The only mental trick I use is the “fuck it” mentality. Sometimes it can work against me like it did last time [I filmed for this], but usually I know before hand that I can do that trick and I say “fuck it” and go for it no matter what happens. If the aftermath doesn’t go well I just deal with the repercussion as best as I can.
What makes a good wakeskate video in your eyes? What are you expecting from Istudiomo (the full length film)?
What makes a good wakeskate video to me is the way it’s edited and the level of creativity and risk the riders took. And that’s what I’m expecting from Istudiomo, next level riding and great editing.
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Photography by Andrew Roehm and Ryan Hall
Cinematography by Andrew Roehm and Ryan Hall