Words & Pictures: Jeff Mathis
The prospect of having equivalent twins is about zero.45%. The prospect of each of them rising up to have the ability to wakeboard rather well is probably lots slimmer, but that didn’t stop now 19-year-olds Brandon and Josh Harris from taking to the water and ripping. On any given day, they are often came upon on the Orlando Watersports Complicated taking totally different strains and displaying their creativity in each lap. Once they’re not there, they’ll be out at Lake Ronix establishing new and ridiculous hits that would go away the typical rider shaking in their boots. Pun meant.
Most riders wouldn’t be too completely satisfied to share the spotlight, however Brandon and Josh, aka “the Twins”, thrive off of it. All the time having somebody to bounce ideas off of and push one another has fueled the hearth for these dudes to go from unknown cable rats to two of cable’s rising stars, in a relatively brief period of time. They each eat, sleep, and breath wake, and both haven’t any indicators of slowing down anytime soon. So get to know Brandon and Josh, because we know that you simply’ll be seeing lots extra of them in the future.
Younger brother Brandon Harris making the rounds at Lake Ronix
Alliance: Yo dudes! Let’s begin this out simple. Where are you both from and how did you get into wakeboarding? Who started driving first?
Brandon: We’re both from Atlanta, truly. We moved right down to Orlando once we have been around three years previous and started driving once we have been 16. We both started driving at the similar time so I’m unsure who truly rode first, truthfully.
Josh: We all the time saw OWC once we have been rising up however never went because we didn’t have the money to afford a board and a cross. Plus, we have been so busy with faculty and soccer that we just couldn’t really discover the time to get over there and check out it.
Brandon: We had a good friend with a boat, but all we ever did behind it was tube *laughs*. He had a wakeskate too, so we might simply bounce on that factor and ship it into the wake or whip into some rollers on it.
Alliance: How huge have been you guys into soccer?
Brandon: We obtained into it super young as a result of our dad was a coach. We played up till junior yr of highschool. We acquired requested to try out for the varsity our senior yr however turned them down as a result of we have been heavy into wakeboarding by then.
Josh: Yeah, we’d skip out on apply to go journey *laughs*. We just weren’t into it anymore and it’s so troublesome to make it in soccer, truthfully. We in all probability weren’t going to get any scholarships so we simply determined to concentrate on wake.
Similar similar, however totally different
Alliance: Was that sort of the plan? To go to school with a scholarship and every thing?
Brandon: Principally. I never anticipated it to take off for me because I saw my associates who have been more gifted not with the ability to get athletic scholarships both. I hoped for considerably of an academic scholarship, if anything. We ended up going to Valencia Group School because that was the most effective fit for what we needed to do with our wakeboarding.
Josh: Yeah, after our first semester, we had to take online courses because we have been continually travelling for wake. We missed our first finals because we have been overseas competing in Brazil *laughs*. However come on, we have been getting flown out to compete at one of many raddest parks (Sundown Wake Park) so we had to do it!
Alliance: I’ve gotta ask as a result of even I don’t know. Who’s the older of the 2 of you?
Brandon: Josh is by one entire minute truly.
Josh: Yep, sixty seconds!
Alliance: Now that we’ve acquired that out of the best way, let’s actually get into it. You guys have been pretty exceptional up till the final couple seasons, however together with your distinctive types, strong work ethic, and video elements, you’re starting to get increasingly recognition. What’s helped get you two to the point you’re at this time? What do you propose on doing to keep that momentum going?
Brandon: An enormous part is each other, for positive. We really play off one another. I’d do something after which Josh would need to prime it and so forth. It began off like that and truthfully, it’s stayed that approach by way of the years.
Josh: On prime of that, our mother and father undoubtedly helped us along the best way. Clearly, an enormous half is the competitors we now have between ourselves however with out our mother and father then we undoubtedly wouldn’t be the place we’re at the moment. I imply, even our good friend’s mother and father helped us by getting us our first life jackets again in the day *laughs*.
Brandon: As soon as we received the vests, we started going to joyful hour at OWC and just renting the remainder of the gear. It was like $60 every week to try this so we started saving as much as get our personal gear and a cross.
They could be more rail-focused however the boys can nonetheless send it off the kickers
Alliance: Do you guys all the time journey collectively? Where is the good place you might have been to experience?
Brandon: Yeah, pretty much. My favorite has been Bali once we have been on the market for Plastic Playground final season. It’s an entire totally different world there. You are feeling so secluded from every thing. You’ll be able to go on the opposite aspect of the island and it seems like an entire totally different spot. It’s superior.
Josh: It was also cool to see a unique culture and how individuals stay there compared to the U.S. I imply, anyplace we go, I really like to satisfy the locals and see what makes up their day by day lives. They might be the exact opposite of ours however they take pleasure in the identical factor we do, which makes you are feeling a connection.
Alliance: Did you guys get to surf when you have been there?
Brandon: Yeah, it’s scary as shit *laughs*. Like 8-foot faces. I dropped into a great wave but obtained completely wrecked.
Josh: Just getting previous the break is ridiculous. You just need to relaxation for like 10 minutes when you’re on the market. It’s hectic!
Alliance: Did anything crazy occur when you have been there?
Brandon: Yeah, I acquired worked on one of the scooters. We have been following Victor Salmon around and he lives in Thailand, so he’s obtained tons of experience on those issues so he’s simply weaving out and in of visitors and we’re just making an attempt to keep up. The drivers on the market are nuts so it makes it even more sketchy.
Josh: I was out in front and I look again to see this dude pull out in front of Brandon and he just full on t-boned him. Luckily we weren’t going too quick and he was high-quality, but I whipped around to ensure and by the point I obtained there, the dude had already bailed *laughs*. We have been both pissed but just glad we didn’t need to go to the hospital as a result of they’re not too good there.
What number of methods can you seize a entrance lip?
Alliance: What’s a typical day within the life for both of you?
Brandon: Wake up, go experience, work just a little bit, perhaps journey after if there’s time? *laughs*
Josh: Principally. We try to get in as much water time as potential but if we’re not driving, we’re either working with the Step Up crew or out at Lake Ronix. There’s all the time one thing to do out there.
Alliance: How long have you guys been with Ronix?
Brandon: They picked us up like the top of 2016 I feel? They wanted riders to check boards principally, so we started doing R&D with them.
Josh: Yeah, we have been stoked as a result of we have been getting free boards they usually began letting us come out to Lake Ronix, which was superior.
Brandon: We weren’t even that good at that point, or I didn’t assume so, however they have been stoked as a result of we have been driving on a regular basis and giving them a whole lot of feedback for the boards and every thing.
Josh: Since then although, they’ve put us on the professional workforce for 2019 and we’re stoked!
Alliance: You guys have been part of our “Cable Rats 2 Boat Jocks” contest last yr. Was that your first time behind the boat? Any plans on getting extra into it?
Brandon: We had stood up behind a boat however that was the primary time ever hitting a legit wake, really. It was fun as shit *laughs*.
Josh: Oh hell yeah, I’m down *laughs*!
Alliance: You guys appeared to be everywhere in the contest scene in 2018. What contests did you compete in? What was the spotlight of the season?
Brandon: How did it start? Yardsale?
Josh: Yeah. That wasn’t my highlight although. I blew it there …
Brandon: No, I did too, but that was the beginning of the season *laughs*. Yeah, it began at Yardsale and ended with the contest in Brazil. As a spotlight, my greatest finish was third on the Shark Wake Park Open which set me up fairly nicely in the WBWS standings.
Josh: We hit all the Plastic Playground stops (UK, Bali, Thailand) which have been tremendous enjoyable. There were a whole lot of riders for those stops, too. Like 60+ riders for every stop. We also hit Nationals at The Quarry and Worlds in Mexico. I ended up taking 5th in options at Nationals in order that was my prime finish.
Considering up new strains takes slightly time
Alliance: You guys assist out with the Step Up Productions rail jams, proper? What’s that experience like?
Brandon: It’s awesome. We work with them on the rail jams when those are happening through the season but they produce other work to do at bars establishing levels and stuff like that so it’s a bit more consistent.
Josh: Yeah, Ryan Davis is the man who runs it and he was a professional rider so he knows what’s up. He had a strong crew again when it was starting up, dudes like Kyle Alberts, and now he’s more of a behind the scenes man.
Alliance: What are your plans for the 2019 season?
Brandon: Journey and hit up as many contests as we will. We’re making an attempt to figure out the Liquid Pressure cable collection now but I’m unsure if we’re going to be able to hit all of them. We have now a Step Up job in Chicago so that ought to work out, and Terminus isn’t too far, however I don’t know if we’ll make it to the one in Cali.
Josh: Undoubtedly hitting the Plastic stop at Liquid Leisure and going to attempt to make it to the Tomar Professional in Portugal, however nonetheless making an attempt to determine that one out. We missed it last yr, which sucks because that contest appeared like the good one all yr.
Josh together with his own entrance lip seize variation
Alliance: Who are some of your influences? On and off the water.
Brandon: Once we have been watching previous movies, Aaron Rathy was all the time someone who we watched for his type. Daniel Grant because he’s insane. He gave us lots of inspiration once we have been first beginning and still does.
Josh: Plenty of our buddies influence us too. Pedro Caldas, Conrad McIntosh, and Andrew Watson are a number of that basically helped us out. Especially having a crew to roll with to contests and stuff as nicely. That made our mother and father lots happier, too *laughs* – that we had pals going to all these totally different places.
Brandon: And again once we first began driving, Yonel and Julian Cohen have been nonetheless massive into it so we have been driving with them all the time. We have been all the time enjoying “follow the leader” on the cable which progressed us with out even realizing it.
Alliance: Now I need to do something a bit of totally different. It’s lightning spherical time! I would like you to say the first thing that pops into your head to see in the event you guys have “twin ESP” or not. Ready?
Brandon: Let’s go!
Josh: *laughs* Yeah!
Alliance: Cable park.
Josh: Mac ‘n cheese.
Alliance: Wakeboard trick.
Josh: Again 9
Alliance: Wake film.
Brandon: Coalition … or Debut, I can’t determine…
Alliance: Video video games.
Brandon: Name of Obligation.
Josh: Call of Obligation.
Alliance: Wake legend.
Brandon: Who else but Vandall? Watching him driving once we first began inspired us rather a lot.
Josh: Randall for positive!
Poppin’ via the clouds
Alliance: Five out of eight … not too shabby! Now again to our repeatedly scheduled program … What keeps you guys motivated to journey? Is there still a sense of sibling rivalry?
Brandon: Oh for positive. We each adore it so much so it’s extra simply to maintain ourselves not bored *laughs*. And having a park like OWC that doesn’t change the set up much, to the purpose the place we’re actually in search of new strains and new ways to hit rails – that basically helps with creativity once we go to different parks. We attempt to take a look at strains in another way than one other rider would.
Josh: Undoubtedly. We really need to have a hand in altering how individuals take a look at the game, too. Cable is such an enormous pressure in wakeboarding now and it lets people who would never have the chance to journey get on the water with out having to have a boat. So long as cables hold popping up and increasingly individuals are stepping into it, I feel that’s the suitable course.
Doubles on the Dubs
Alliance: What else do you two get into whenever you’re not driving a board?
Brandon: Watch movies, edit videos, skate some, hold with buddies, and play some soccer every every now and then.
Josh: Yeah, it all the time feels good to get back into soccer. Hit up a bit indoor spot and play a pickup recreation every every now and then. We undoubtedly miss it *laughs*.
Alliance: Properly, thanks on your time dudes. Are there any parting words you need to depart us with?
Brandon: Just actually an enormous shout out to our sponsors, Ronix and Billabong, and we’re going to maintain pushing and placing out as a lot content as we will.
Josh: Yeah, undoubtedly an enormous because of Ronix, Billabong, our associates, and household. With out them, we wouldn’t be where we are at this time!
First cover in the books, extra to return