You just ran 2 at 43 off. How does it feel? If feels pretty unreal. I got it one time this summer at Travers ski school, and it [the world-record score] just didn’t quite work out. At the Swiss tournament, everything just came together. I was able to bring my own boat, I had my Malibu there with me, and it just seemed like the right time to get lucky. It’s like, ‘Oh, why can’t you just get around 2 at 43?’ And it’s a funny question, because it’s not that easy.
Is there a small margin of error when running into 43 off? Even when running into 41 off, it’s very small. Having a crack at the record is one thing, but even getting the opportunity to have that crack at the record by running 41 is pretty special and really hard to do.
How did your 41 pass feel at the tournament? The first round, I felt amazing until I got to 41; then I messed up at my gate. The second round, I made sure I had the right gate and the right speed and just attacked it from the first buoy. I thought, ‘There’s no way after watching JT [Jon Travers] and Nate [Smith] both run 41 before me that I’m going to be that guy who misses it! [laughs] Like, no! I’m gonna run this pass!’
You’ve been skiing pretty unreal toward the end of this season, eh? We’ve been developing the A3 for quite some time, and in the weeks leading up to Diablo Shores [Pro Am], we really broke the mold and figured out a few missing links we’d been working on. Since then, I’ve been on a roll, as my practice average is up unbelievably and even my tournament scores are now better than they’ve ever been.