JD Webb highlights wakeboarding show
July, 12, 2012
By Zach McCann | ESPN.com
If you enter “JD Webb” into your Google search bar, you’ll see a bunch of links about the popular wakeboarder, but there will be one link near the top referencing a musician of the same name.
Paul Kane/Getty ImagesCatch JD Webb and the world's best wakeboarders at the Red Bull Wake Open Saturday at 1 p.m.
It’s not the same guy.
JD Webb, the wakeboarder, doesn’t have time for music. He doesn’t have time for much of anything except wakeboarding, and that’s how it’s always been.
A friend of his says he’s just a “wakeboarding fool,” a term Webb agreed with.
“It’s pretty much all I really know,” Webb, 25, said. “I put my heart and everything into it. It’s what I love to do.”
To see Webb and more of the world’s best wakeboarders do their thing, check out the Red Bull Wake Open on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. It’s the only series event broadcasted live on national television this year.
The event is a place where you can see not only how much Webb loves the sport, but the sacrifices his family made for Webb’s wakeboarding career.
Webb went to a water show in Anna Maria Island, Fla., when he was 8 years old and immediately took an interesting in wakeboarding. He started practicing the sport when he could, and the passion didn’t let up as the years went by.
But to be taken seriously as a professional wakeboarder, Webb needed to live closer to Orlando, considered by Webb to be the “mecca of wakeboarding.” So shortly after Webb turned 13, his father sold his business and the family moved to a lake in Auburndale, a small city about 40 minutes west of Orlando. That’s when Webb’s wakeboarding efforts got serious.
“My family sacrificed everything they had for me, so it was time for me to sacrifice,” Webb said. “It was definitely cool to see. My parents had my back since day one.”
Now he’ll be wakeboarding on national TV. It’s safe to say the sacrifice paid off.