STOMPING A heelside 900 at 20 mph is about as easy as walking on
water. Yet for Danny Harf such aquatic artistry is routine. Last
year the 19-year-old won four of the five pro wakeboarding
majors, including the Summer X Games and the nationals. He'll
unveil new nose-grabbing tricks as the pro tour kicks off on
April 30 in his hometown at the Orlando Watersports Complex.
Here's what he'll bring.
This is an article from the April 19, 2004 issue
Hyperlite Indy Mens Premier ($80) hyperlite.com
This is a superlightweight jacket, but it's cushioned enough that
it takes away some of the sting during a spill. Last summer I
took a bad crash and flipped into a four-by-four (board) at 20
mph. When you're knocked out, you're still floating and someone
can find you.
Hyperlite Parks ($410) hyperlite.com
I'm currently working on a midseason release for my line, so
right now I'm wearing Parks Bonifay's [pro model] boots. They're
really soft and flexible and give you a lot of side-to-side
movement. The bindings also have a supereasy locking system, so
you can adjust your stance.
Hyperlite 141 DNA Premier $550) hyperlite.com
The Premier line is my signature line. I've got three pro models.
The DNA is flat in the middle and curved on the sides, so it
gives a lot of pop. That's how I like to ride, straight up and
out. This is one of the widest boards out there. It gives a lot
of edge control and forgiveness in the water, which is good
because I do a lot of spins, 700s and 900s.
Billabong Absolute X2 Longsleeve Spring ($165) billabong.com
I usually don't need a wet suit during the season, but I'll take
one out when we film in cold waters. I like the zipperless kind
because it's 10 times more comfortable. Last week I did some
filming off the coast of San Diego, near Camp Pendleton, and I
got towed in behind a Jet Ski. The water was pretty cold, and my
neoprene suit helped block the wind.
Fox Racing MX3 Board Shorts ($60) foxracing.com
These are pretty fast draining, so when you stand up you're not
carrying a lot of water and they don't weigh you down too much.
Pro surfer Kalani Robb helps to design a lot of these shorts, so
they're good for surfing, too. These are low friction.
Accurate Premier ($73) accuratelines.com
It's huge to be able to have a good grip. My riding style is
technical, and I practice a lot of tricks in which I have to pass
from one hand to the other real quick. This handle is like a
tractor grip, and it is a lot fatter than most of the others out
there because I've got pretty big hands.