What’s Up: Andrew Fortenberry
Andrew Fortenberry is the type of guy you’d be happy to introduce your daughter to. He’s well spoken, kicks ass at sports, and doesn’t live in a van (for most of the year anyways).
What’s up with the new sponsorship? It was pretty out of the blue. I honestly never thought I was going to ride anything besides an Integrity. Then Aaron and Danny hit me up one day, I tried the Tao, and fell in love with it. Riding for Obscura is really fun and also a big step for me, I’m happy and excited to see what the future holds.
What’s up with “the digs” on Lake Pickett? I don’t even know where to start, we have lots of land and water for activities. You can always find a spot to ride if the weather sucks, and we are pretty secluded from everything else so no one bothers us. Pickett is like its own little world, there have been days on end where I haven’t left, because if you have food and water you don’t see a reason to go anywhere else.
What’s up with school? Well I got my A.A. from Valencia last spring, I studied mechanical engineering and personal fitness and wellness. I’m not going to school at the moment, I would like to maybe go to UCF next fall though…schools expensive.
What’s up with that Australia trip? It was amazing! Danny and I flew into Sydney, went to a cable event in Penrith, then road tripped up the coast for two and a half weeks stopping at anything that we thought we could skate, winch, or surf. Then ended up at Bli Bli cable to end off an awesome trip.
What’s up with the skanks? Bro my swag pulls all the skanks, #yolo!… I’m kidding, I have actually been in a relationship for a while now so no “skanks” for me.
Andrew making himself at home on the new Tao wakeskate by Obscura.
What’s up with the new breed of wakeskaters? I think the new breed is moving wakeskating more towards winching and finding or making your own spots, which is awesome. Also the young breed of wakeskaters are progressing so fast and killing it in big events already. Wakeskating is moving in a good direction.
What’s up with your Riding lately? I actually have been pretty pumped on my riding lately. I feel nice and comfortable riding the new Tao. Having a rail park in my back yard certainly helps though.
What’s up with 2013 plans? For 2013 probably just head to the Liquid Force free for all’s in FL and TX. Try my best in the wakeskate tour and other events, and travel ride and film as much as I can.
What’s up with with the roomies? I live with some really awesome dudes. Tommy Wooten has been killing it lately behind the ski, and T.J. is just an all around wildman on his skate. Bob is getting really good with his looping pedals and has made some really cool songs. We have many more unofficial roommates that come and go all the time, people like Nick Taylor (name drop) and Travis Belsito are a few of our loft guests from time to time, some call it the “Pickett Motel”.
What’s up with Anna Maria Life? It’s not really something I can explain or express to you with words. Growing up on the island was awesome, everything is super laid back. The people are really nice and everyone helps each other out. Either head out to beercan on the boat or walk down to the street and you can always find some of your homies at the beach.
No matter how many times we watch we still just can’t get enough of Andrew’s 2012 edit on his home turf. All in a day’s work…video by Patrick Wieland