“A handshake is more than just a greeting. It is also a message about your personality and confidence level. In business, a handshake is an important tool in making the right first impression.” – George Daniels knocks this one out of the park!


1. George, how can you possibly be that tall and still good at wakeskating?

I don’t know, there are a lot of good riders out there that are tall! Reed Hansen, the bru etc. I think sometimes it gives us an advantage sometimes due to how large our boards are. But then you see the Pastura bros ripping, and then your dreams get crushed…haha.


2. What’s it like having Byerly as a boss? Do you ever have to babysit?

Having Byerly as a boss is tight, I look at Scott as one of my best friends and mentor. He’s given me a lot in wakeskating. I’ve never really babysit for his kids, but I made a baby of my own with his babysitter 4 years back.


3. How many crash-o-rama’s have you been too and what’s been your biggest hunting accomplishment?

Bithlo is sick, I’ve been to a few crash o ramas. I mostly go to the mud events they have out there. I haven’t hunted in awhile, my prize so far is doe (female deer). I fish more than I hunt.


4. You dated Melissa Marquardt for a while. What was that like? What does she like to do for fun?

It was cool, we just wakeskated and skateboarded a bunch. You know she’s into board sports, so we enjoyed doing things like that.


5. Is wood better than compression molded? How come?

I love wood boards, there is more of a connection with you and the water. Easier on my knees too, when I land. I’ve got some bad knees for being 26 yrs old..haha.


6. You have a very aggressive way of falling. Has it ever resulted in injury?

No injuries out of it yet, just really good conversation starters if someone is new on the boat watching me ride!!


7. Is it true that you once had a possum living in your boat?

It’s true, I left for a trip, and my roommates thought they would chase it out if the yard, but it ended up going into my boat, and dying in there. Shit stunk so bad!!!


8. What keeps you motivated to keep progressing?

I’m motivated by every single dude our there pushing our sport. I feed off them!! It’s the way of life, younger generations help out the future of any sport..


9. Nascar or WWE? How come?

I like WWE when I was younger, then got into NASCAR when I got older, but my boy and fellow waker Wes Brisco is blowing up in the WWE scene right now, so I’ve been following up with my child hood roots.


10. What are your plans for 2013?

My plans for 2013 are to win every contest whether it’s boat, cable or winch. Haha, naw I’m just looking forward to riding and learning more tricks on my skate, it’s been so fun lately, so I’m just enjoying it with whatever life throws at me.


George Daniels in the modern cowboy from fall 2012. Video by Patrick Wieland.