What It Takes With his explosive style, teen wakeboarder Danny Harf is making a splash in his sport

April 18, 2004

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.

LIFE VEST
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.

BOOTS
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.

WAKEBOARD
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.

WET SUIT
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.

SHORTS
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.

HANDLE
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.

COLOR PHOTO: TIM SHAFFER/REUTERS (HARF) FLIPPERY WHEN WET Harf has won his event at every Summer X Gamessince 2001. COLOR PHOTO: SCOTT NEEDHAM (WET SUIT) FIVE COLOR PHOTOS

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)