On Deck: Josh Kirby
Name: Josh Kirby
Years riding: 4
Sponsors: Oak Wakeskates, and my daddy
Boat, PWC or Winch? PWC
Wake or sliders? Rails
Film or photos? Film
Skateboard or wakeboard? Skateboard
Vest or no vest? Vest, unless in shallow water
TV shows or Movies? TV shows
Metal or rap? Rap, unless it’s on Guitar Hero
Home or away? Home for sure
I first met Kirby a back in 2003, at OWC. That’s when Aaron Reed’s first pro model came out – the infamous 41-inch asymmetrical wakeskate. Kirby had one, and was nice enough to let me, a complete stranger, take it for a few laps. Right then and there, I knew that he was a pretty cool dude.
The next time I ran into Kirby was a year later, on campus at the University of Central Florida. We exchanged numbers, and began riding and hanging out together. Riding with Kirby was always good, because we pushed each other a decent amount. Kirby is also a fast learner; he could master tricks after a short period of time, and would always have something new to throw on the water. Not only that, but Kirby’s attitude towards riding would constantly remind me of why I wakeskate in the first place: because it is fun.
Like a number of other known wakeskaters, Kirby does a bit of juggling when it comes to priorities. On top of riding for an up-and-coming wakeskate company, Kirby attends UCF full-time, and also maintains a part-time job. So whenever he has a chance to get out on a skate, Kirby takes full advantage of it. That, to me, is the definition of a well-rounded rider.