Smith Board Co Pros

Our pros are fundemental to our innovation process and the Smith brand. We draw inspiration from our elite roster and are thankful to have the following wakesurfers representing Smith Board Co.
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Ryan DiPietro

I have been surfing for 4 years now and primarily riding skim style for 3. My love for the sport kicked off after finding out that a professional wake surfer lived on the other side of town from me and we connected for a lesson. After seeing what the professional side of the sport looked like I was determined to push myself as far as I could. Once I heard about how Smith Board Co. was approaching wakesurf board technology from a different angle than anyone else, I knew that I had to become a part of the team because they have the ability to help me reach the next level of my riding. The combination of technology and support from Smith Board Co. as well as my desire to spread wakesurfing in the Northeast makes for a connection that is bound to make waves in the industry.
What first drew you to wakesurfing, and how has your passion for the sport evolved over time?
My desire to start wakesurfing started after the trips to the ocean became frustrating, waiting for good conditions and to find other people to join me for the 1.5 hour trip each way. Growing up on a lake and first hearing about wakesurfing seemed like the remedy for both of those problems. From the first time I dropped the rope the fire was lit and I wanted to spread the stoke with everyone I could. From that day I have taught numerous people including family, friends, and clients all over the northeast. Nothing is as rewarding as seeing the smiles of others as they experience the thrill of dropping the rope for the first time.
What's the most challenging trick you've ever landed, and what are you currently working on mastering?
Easily the front three shuv. This trick took so many attempts and I kept getting frustratingly close each time. When I landed it, my friends in the boat tackled me into the water, leaving me with one of the best memories I have when landing a trick for the first time. As far as what I'm currently working on, I am trying to land a Hail-Mary (backside 360 body varial) and I'm also working on Gumby-shuvs.
What advice would you give to aspiring wakesurfers who want to progress their skills?
Don’t be afraid of falling and use the time in between runs to think about what to do differently the next run.
What are you most looking forward to achieving as a Smith Board Co pro rider?
I’m most looking forward to spreading wakesurfing in the Northeast and progressing to be the best surfer I can be. I know that SBC has the technology and expertise to help me reach the highest level of surfing possible.

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Sam Langley

Hey There, My name is Sam and I currently live in Orlando, FL. I’ve been surfing now for about 11 years now and overtime have used surfing and other watersports as a means of traveling the world sharing my passion with people alike. I’m mostly a skim style rider and really like to focus on style and new ways to do tricks in an aesthetic manner that have never been done before. I really enjoy the sport because its relatable to almost everyone being easy for beginners (of all ages) and I think the sport has so much potential to grow and prosper in so many different directions. I’m excited to partner with SBC because of our like minded thinking for pushing the sport in a certain direction and having the willingness to put forth the effort to get it there. I’m really looking forward to our new partnership and seeing how far we can push the limits of Wakesurfing!
What first drew you to wakesurfing, and how has your passion for the sport evolved over time?
I first started wakesurfing when surfgate came out on the Malibu boats in 2013 and fell in love with its surfing attributes as well as its potential to learn skate like tricks on the water without the rope. I’ve really grown to enjoy it more due to its versatile way that things can be done and I believe the sport is still fresh and the opportunities for creating new tricks are endless!
What's the most challenging trick you've ever landed, and what are you currently working on mastering?
I think my hardest trick (also to consistently do) is the Hail Mary (backside 360 with your body and the board not rotating at all). Currently working on some flip tricks to add to my repertoire
What advice would you give to aspiring wakesurfers who want to progress their skills?
I’d tell them to practice, practice, PRACTICE! Anddd watch videos in slow motion and study every aspect of the trick like body posture, approach, where one’s at on the wave, foot position. The small things can be very crucial!
What are you most looking forward to achieving as a Smith Board Co pro rider?
I’d say being able to create a board that’s fits best what I’m trying to accomplish, and SBC has the technology readiness to do it!

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