1. Where did you start riding and how long ago?
McIvor Lake in Campbell River. We started out with an old Bayliner bow
rider. I used to beg my dad to borrow more water jugs from his offices
water cooler to try and get a bigger wake. I think we maxed out at 12
jugs before his co-workers brought up this issue of missing water at one
of his staff meetings. Although, I started riding about 10 years ago, I
had a break for a few years when I moved to Victoria before I was able to
get established on the Shawnigan Lake scene.
2. Why do you wakeboard?
For me it’s that feeling I get of just being on the water. Sailing through
the airs pretty sick too. I like that feeling of accomplishment when I
finally land a new trick. A big part of wakeboarding that I like is that
you can go out with anyone and everyone. There is a sense of the present.
Everyone on the boat can go out and have a set regardless of skill level.
It’s not like snowboarding where different riders’ comfort levels are
going to determine groups dynamics (ie who is going down green runs and
who is ducking ropes).
3. Where are you from and where do you reside today?
Originally born in Durban, South Africa. My family came to Canada shortly
after and I grew up in Campbell River. I have spent the last 6 years
going to school in Victoria. Presently, I am in transition and do not
know what the future entails. I am moving back up island to finish my
teaching practicum and then I don’t know. I could easily see myself
residing at a mountain for the winter….
4. What sort of career are you chasing, whether it be wakeboarding or
That’s a funny story. In theory I will be a qualified teacher by the
beginning of December. Whether that’s what I want to do or if there is
even work available is another question.
5. Where do you normally wakeboard?
McIvor Lake- Campbell River
Shawnigan Lake- Just outside of Victoria
6. Who do you wakeboard?
Honestly, whosever’s down to ride. Down at Shawnigan generally Tyler,
Matty and Stu. Up in Campbell my family and the crew from the water ski
and wakeboard club.
7. What other sports can you be found doing?
Surfing, snowboarding, bare footing, climbing.
8. How did this year turn out for you?
Unfortunately, the teaching program took up a lot of my time with summer
classes. It also really sucked that Tyler broke his leg early on in the
season. I always get pumped riding with him cause he pushes me outta my
comfort zone. In terms of events, this year I only got a few in due to
school commitments. My best comp was third at Provincials at the Cove.
9. What in store for Garth Douglas next year?
More spins for sure. I definitely want to keep pushing raley variations.
I think its time to find some balls and start incorporating flips and
spins (ie mobious tricks). Not going to lie some inspiration might be
required from one of those wakeboarding camps. I would love to do a trip
down to Florida or the Philippines this winter. Lastly, as I will have
more time now I hope to give back to the sport through coaching the next
10. Anyone you need to give a shout out too? (sponsors, friends, family? )
Shout out to sponsors for sure. Thanks Rip Curl, Hello My Name is
Boardshop, Northernites (Guayaki Yerba Mate distributor). Also thanks to
my Dad, for pulling me out of the water hundreds of times.