Brandon draws his coaching techniques from over twenty years of experience on the water. As a rider who has always put heavy focus on proper style and technique, his coaching can best be described as creative, methodical, and purpose-driven. In the last ten years, Brandon has competed at the professional level and been featured in multiple media outlets including magazines, product reviews, and an exclusive video section in the 2008 release: Godspeed. In the past several years, Brandon has had the opportunity to evaluate wakeboard wakes and surf waves of most makes and models for Wakeboarding Magazine, judge and be the official driver for prestigious events like The Masters, the Pro Wakeboard Tour and the World Wakeboard Championship.
Additionally, Brandon is the Oconee General Manager and Director of Marketing for WaterSports Central, and leads the production of Georgia's grassroots wakeboard tournaments. Grassroots wakeboard events are what kick-started Brandon's passion for watersports and an experience he wants to share with others, providing a platform for the stars of tomorrow to get their start today. Brandon's knowledge and passion of the sport is second to none, and a driving factor in why Georgia Wake Lessons is one of the best schools in the world.
Brett's coaching is built on over two decades of experience in the sport of wakeboarding. The combination of competing, free-riding, coaching, discipline for training, and love for the sport make his coaching second to none. Brett has multiple highlights throughout his involvement in the sport that include ranking 7th in the nation in the Pro Mens division, along with a multitude of competitive achievements like winning a Pro Wakeboard Tour stop in the Jr. Mens division. In addition, physical fitness and proper diet has been a major focus for Brett, having unmatched discipline in training before it was popular. His love for training and knowledge in human physiology helped propel him through a degree in Exercise and Health Science, certifications in personal training,a career as a firefighter/paramedic where he has pivoted his future to nursing. Referred to by many as "The Machine" because of his incredible consistency in riding and discipline in the gym, Brett's textbook technique and otherworldly physical fitness are a testament to the positive effects of building a solid base. Those qualities alone are primary factors in the school's success, but it's his other professional skillset as an RN and background as a first responder that he has used to provide Georgia Wake Lessons the direction needed to be one of the most prepared wakeboard and wakesurf schools in the world.
Off the water, Blake is one of the most laid-back guys in the game, but watch him ride for a few minutes and you'll see his expertise in proper technique and explosive pop. His sharp riding is the result of hours of training at The Boarding School, tutelage from household name Shaun Murray, as well as here at GA Wake. Blake took all that he absorbed as a student and perfected his own coaching skills at Callaway Gardens, where he taught over 200 riders how to wakeboard, wakesurf, and waterski. After cutting his coaching teeth at Callaway, we were fortunate to bring him on board at GA Wake where he has continued to shine in the industry. Blake now calls South Carolina and Lake Keowee home and works at WaterSports Central as Sales Consultant and Purchasing Manager. With his passion for coaching still as strong as when we brought him on six years ago, we are excited for what’s to come from Blake in the Upstate area.
Sam Henry, a powerful rider on the water and easy going off the water, is an incredible instructor. It's no fluke that Sam received Terminus Wake Park's 2014 Coach Of The Year award, as he has the ability to dissect a trick and then communicate it effectively to the rider, regardless of their age or skill level. Sam is just as comfortable with a 9 year old girl getting up for her first time as he is with a group of business executives taking a day out of the office for some team bonding. An expert wakeboarder, his instructional techniques are the culmination of training through multiple coaches, including O-Town Watersport's Glenn Fletcher, The Boarding School's Travis Moye, world-class wakeboarder Shaun Murray, World Wakeboard Center's Trevor & Reed Hansen.
Sam is also a sales consultant for WaterSports Central, Georgia's Nautique dealership, with a vast knowledge for Lake Oconee and its residents' needs.