A Friend To The Island…
Although you’re not an Island rider, you are a friend to the island. Where are you from?
I reside in North Van but Allison Lake in the Princeton / Merritt region is where the hammers are dropped. I ride as soon as the ice is off the lake. This years first ride was May 5th, the next morning saw 2 inches of snow which made trailering the boat a bit of a challenge.
How old are you and how long have you been riding?
I’m 17. I was waterskiing at age 3 and started wakeboarding at age 7.
How did you get into the sport?
In 2007 our family 16 foot Cobra runabout was replaced with a Malibu Sportster. Ivan Traas (wakeguide.ca) was the sales rep and also a wakeboard coach at the time. As part of the sale Ivan spent a day on our lake teaching me basic wake to wake tricks. Ivan continued to coach me that summer and again the summer of 2008. In May of 2009 we worked on a competition run and I entered my first tournament, the Wood Lake Opener. I placed first in Wakeskate Open and second in Junior Mens Wakeboard. I’m stoked! Ivan continued to work with me that summer until the final tournament that year. The Provincials held in Kamloops. I placed first in Wakeskate Pro and first in Wakeboard Junior Mens
What would you say is your best moment from wakeboarding so far?
By far my 16th birthday. On my second trip to Florida to train with Dave Briscoe (thewakeboardcoach.com) in February of 2010 I turned 16. Without knowing a thing Dave had organized a unbeleivable surprise. I was warming up that morning on the tramp by the lake when Jeff House and Bryan Hutton came around the corner with their wakeboards followed by Andrew Adkison and Derek Grasman. Even barefoot Pro and full-time coach Paul McDonald came by to wish me Happy 16. We all piled into Dave’s Supra to ride a set that day, watching them ride was the most inspiring thing, not only seeing them do big tricks like ts 9s or whirly 5s but watching their style on tricks like ts 3s an bs 1s was insane. Then the next day I got to go over to Zane Schwenks house to ride with him all day. That’s a trip I’ll never forget.
You just recently won 1st in Pro at Sproat Lake for wakeboarding and wakeskating, how does that make you feel?
I’ve been training hard this past winter and I fully expect top podium finishes in every competition I enter. To take top place in both Pro events was great.
Liquid Force, Seca Marine, Thuggies, O’Neill and Spy.
Who are some of the Island kids you ride with?
I mainly ride with Tanner Champion, he’s one of the dopest most laid back guy you’ll ever meet, I go to his place a lot in the off season to ride behind his jet ski and he’ll come up to my place for a few days in the summer. He pushes my riding a lot. I also ride a bit with Austin Jaworski and Hayden Kellet whenever I am at Sproat Lake, those guys are awesome.
Where is your favorite Vancouver Island spot to ride?
That’s easy, Sproat Lake.
What’s in the future for Jimmy Frandsen?
I’m going to push this sport as far as I can. Continue to work on new tricks, new mobes and new spins.