It is no longer a secret, Raphael Derome is a hot commodity. Insiders saw his skills and potential years ago, but this year was his year to show the world just how badass he is. Having been on the podium in all three disciplines at the Red Bull Wake Open, winning two, and taking the overall win in dominant fashion, Raph caps off his year of also winning O’Neill Wake the Line and FISE. It is going to be really fun to watch what this kid has in store over the next few years. His creativity and ability to execute with style put him in an extremely elite crowd. He graces the September cover of TransWorld WAKEBOARDING and broke into the top 10 in the Readers Poll for the first time. Not a bad way to wind down the year.