A behind-the-scenes look at Defy with producer Sean Kilgus.
Ronix at Radar
The goal was to take Parks Bonifay, Chad Sharpe, Adam Errington, Erik Ruck and Dean Smith to the friendly confines of Radar Lake in Washington and push their limits. It took a while for the guys to feel out the setup, which was a kicker to step-up pool to C-rail, but by the third night all the guys were booting huge and landing crazy tricks. Some of the moves were travelling 70- and 80-foot distances. It was one of the most creative and progressive things I’ve ever seen filming wakeboarding.
Monster Energy Rail
Rather than constantly trying technically harder tricks, it’s more Danny Harf’s style to invent new things or take things that have already been done further. That’s what happened with the Monster Energy Rail. Danny and Kevin Henshaw took Henshaw’s C-rail concept from Out of the Pond a few steps further. It proved to be one of the most difficult rail stunts I’ve ever seen, but experimenting with new stuff is what brings out the best in the sport.
Monster Energy Australia Trip
This was your classic team trip. Danny, Henshaw, Shawn Watson, Shane Bonifay and Daniel Watkins travelled around the coast of Australia. At some point, we just threw out the script and started adapting to the surroundings. The boys were doing everything from jibbing ledges and bonking sailboats to whipping into barrels and booting out huge flips.
With Danny, Parks, Adam, Rusty Malinoski, Jimmy LaRiche, Bob Soven and Shaun Murray, the Fox team has some of the world’s best double-up riders. The entire team just attacked double-ups for almost a week, trying to push their riding as far as they could go. You’re going to see some heavy, heavy stuff.