If there’s a recipe for going pro in wakeboarding, Clay Fletcher didn’t read the directions. In fact, he missed the main ingredient: He’s never owned a boat in his life. Clay took a completely different path to his current spot as one of wakeboarding’s top riders. To get there, the country boy from Georgia did what his family did before him — worked hard at something he loves. Since moving to Florida in search of a pro riding career, Clay has done whatever he had to in order to ride a wakeboard — from mowing grass in exchange for free laps at Orlando Watersports Complex to towing students at The Projects. That commitment landed Clay smack dab in the middle of the Hood, an area in Orlando with a huge concentration of the best riders in wakeboarding. Clay Fletcher’s hardworking roots define his personality on and off the water. He’s humble, easygoing, creative and fun to be around. His unorthodox approach makes him one of the most diverse riders in our sport. Clay rides cable, hits rails and winch spots and rides behind the boat – all with his own unique style. He’s one of the true riders out there who makes his mark by doing it all; it’s a trend we’re starting to see in pro wakeboarding. If you want to succeed, you need to have the complete package. Clay has it, and if he represents the future, we’re happy to watch how it pans out. Read the full interview.