Japanese-born but Singapore-based Wakeboarder, Guy Tanaka, is a boisterous young lad (just 13 years of age, to be exact) who picked up the extreme art of wakeboarding only five short years ago during a family trip to Phuket. And boy did that manifest into one hell of an extended lifestyle for Guy, and for worthy reasons no less. Raking in a sweet top position in the Boys division at the WWA World Wakeboard Championship in 2009, 2011 and 2012; and the Mettle Games in 2010 and 2011 respectively, Guy Tanaka humbly talks about his teenage quirks despite his extraordinary achievements…
You must have been asked countless of times, but what is your biggest challenge when it comes to wakeboarding?
Well, it has got to be overcoming the mental block when I need to try new tricks, and getting them consistent. As contradicting as it may sound, the biggest challenge is also the best motivation; when I get to land or master a difficult trick.
And where can you usually be found?
I spend my weekdays training at Seletar Island, and the weekends at East Coast Parkway.
All work and no play makes Guy a dull boy…
I relax too! Like most boys, I enjoy playing computer games like Minecraft and Diablo 3; blasting Dubstep on my iPod; and sometimes I pretend to be a Jedi!
Okay, let’s get to know the Jedi a little better…If you had to give up one of your senses, which would it be?
I would choose to give up my sense of touch… So I don't feel the pain when I crash! Haha
Sounds reasonable! Now, what would you do if you won the lottery?
Definitely buy a big lake, and build my own cable park and boat lake in my backyard! It’s every wakeboarder’s dream!
And what if you could witness any event past, present or future?
As crazy as it might sound, I’ve always fantasised about experiencing and surviving a Zombie Apocalypse!
Yes, that IS crazy! Last question: what has impacted your life that made you a stronger person/rider…
I have been brought up in a way where I’ll learn something new everyday. And I think that is fundamental to helping me move forward to push myself.