Bernie comes to the H2o team all the way from Germany. We are stoked to have him on the program. Check out his bio below (via his personal website).
“My first experience with a wakeboard was back in 1994 at the Cablepark Kiefersfelden. The park is really close to my home, so I had to check it out and try this new wakeboarding thing that just made its way from America to Europe. Since I was snowboarding for many years, I already was super stoked to finally find my perfect summer compensation, and I got addicted right away. I couldn’t wait to try some crazy tricks and just glide over the water surface, it almost felt like flying or riding fresh powder lines. In 1995, my dad bought me my first wakeboard. I was super stoked and just wanted to ride every afternoon. Pretty quickly, I figured out how to do crazy tricks and got better and better over the summer.
“In 1997 we went to Berlin for the “unofficial” German Nationals, the first real contest in Germany. So many new faces and everything was pretty strange for me. I was only 15 — pretty much the youngest guy there — and I have never been on an event like that. After some crazy runs and a few discussions with the judges on how to execute tricks, the competition was done, and I ended up in second place! I was super stoked and totally motivated to keep riding and learn new and better tricks for the upcoming season.
“The next 16 years I spent all of my time, my sweat and my heart-
“Now, a new chapter has opened in the book of my life, and I cant wait to go the new way and see what’s next. With all the experience, new fiends and new partners, this will be a very interesting continuing part of the story…”