Q: Your name sounds like a
super hero or a WWF star; how did you get your name?
A: My dad named me after a small
town in North Carolina called Dallas. It is where he grew
up and loved the small town. A lot of people think it is
after Dallas, Texas or the Dallas Cowboys but it is not.
Dallas is about 30 minutes outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. (Back
Q: How did you get started
in the sport of wakeboarding?
A: I competed gymnastics for 5 years
and got sort of burned out. My brother Robin was into wakeboarding
and took me out one day and told me to give it a try. I
was hooked from that day forward and never looked back to
gymnastics. I found a sport I loved and was destined to
Q: Were you any good at gymnastics ?
A: My favorite event was floor. I
loved to tumble. I was the southeast regional floor champion
and won silver all around medal in the state of Florida.
The order of events I liked was floor, vault, bars, beam. (Back
Q: What is the greatest moment
in your career of wakeboarding?
A: I would have to say winning the
X-Games and the Gravity Games Gold at the age of 14. Also,
winning the World Cup that same year. (Back
Q: Are you worried about injury?
A: In 2001, I had knee surgery for
a torn meniscus. In 2002, I had a broken L3 vertebra in
my back. In 2003, I had 3 torn ligaments in my ankle. In 2006 I broke my left femur in 9 spiral fractures and had to have a titanium rod put in my leg. I also had left knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. In 2010 I suffered my worst injury yet. I tore my ACL, MCL, PCL, Meniscus and Patella Tendon in my right knee. It was definitely the most painful injury requiring an 8 hour surgery and 2 years of rehab. In
any sport you are one injury away from being a spectator,
but I love the sport so much I try not to think about it. (Back
Q: What other sport are you
A: In ninth grade in high school,
the track coach talked me into doing Pole Vault. I loved
it and then I also competed short distant sprint relays.
I really enjoyed track. Also, I really like to box. (Back
Q: Does anyone else in your
A: My brother Robin wakeboards and my brother Chad skateboards and surfs, Chad sometimes
Q: How often do you train?
A: I try to ride 2 sets a day ;
a set is usually 20 minutes. (Back
Q: Who is your role model?
A: I would have to say anyone who
is pushing their sport to new levels. (Back
Q: How long do you see yourself
A: As long as my body will allow
me to continue in the sport, because my body takes a beating! (Back