Name: Steffen Vollert
Date of Birth: March 15, 1987
Sponsors: O'Neill,NewSchnitzel, Bern, Smith, Rockstar, Skullcandy, Sesitec, UNIT
Steffen Vollert is one ofEurope's shining lights in the brutal world of international pro wakeboarding.The goofy-footed rider from the city of Duisburg, located on Germany'spredominantly flat-landed western flank, is recognized as one of the sport'smost progressive protagonists thanks to a ton of top flight podium results andvideo footage. After fighting his way to the top of the game, Steffen is nowreaping the rewards of his hard work and talent by accepting invitations tocompete in some of the sport's biggest contests and against the world's bestriders. In addition to rubbing shoulders with the wakeboarding elite, one ofSteffen's other career highlights includes locking down his own pro modelwakeboard with NewSchnitzel, one of his many sponsors. In terms of the future,the German national is hoping for more of the same with regards to contestresults, as well as even more trips to exotic wakeboarding locations includingThailand and South Africa.
2nd German Nationals
5th Wake The Line
Pro Model Wakeboard withNewSchnitzel
3rd place x 2 at TelekomExtreme Playgrounds
Impact – The Final Answer
Bedroom or Dancefloor
Q: When did you start wake boarding and why?
A: I started wakeboarding at age 11, but waterskied before that as well. So in total I am on the water since I am 5 years. Crazy long time but I am so thankful to my Mum and Dad picking me up from school, get me on the skis and getting me addicted to it. Still love it like on the first day!
Q: What has been the biggest highlight of the past 12 months for you?
A: The 2011 season was a highlight in general. Crazy comps, like „Wake the Line", Wake ´n Country and many more, meeting nice people, travelling a lot. Just having a great time with my friends. Shooting a lot with my buddies from editude.tv as well and getting into filming and photographing. So many highlights. Looking forward to this year´s season!
Q: What's the best thing about riding for a living?
A: Being your own boss. The travelling. You can sleep as long as you want to, which is not good always and you are getting used to push yourself to get things done.
Q: What's your most embarrassing moment?
A: There are definitely a few, but I learned just to be not embarrassed anymore because you can´t undo it. What happened, happened. Just be cool.
Q: Which wake boarder inspires you the most?
A: Nico von Lerchenfeld
Q: Has wake boarding ever injured you and what's the worst injury?
A: Knocking on wood. No serious injuries so far.
Q: Other than home, where is your favorite place to wakeboard, and why?
A: My favorite places to wakeboard are Thailand (ThaiWakePark) and Toulouse, France (TNG)
Q: How do you see your sport evolving in the next few years?
A: Cable Wakeboarding did some amazing progression the last years and the next years we are going to make even bigger steps. Now there is freestyle wakeboarding which is really pushed by "Wake the Line". The whole wake scène becomes one right now. The years of the big fusion are happening…! One bigger family! And I am a part of it.. That makes me proud.
Q: What are your main goals and plans for the next 12 months?
A: Having some good comps this year and going to shoot a lot. And of course staying healthy. Man, that is one lame answer.
Q: What music you listen to?
A: I used to like all that electronic stuff. Yep dubstep as well. But that changed because it´s everywhere right now. Now Jimmy Hendrix and Van Morrison got me. Sometimes a little bit of hip-hop as well.
Q: What do you do for fun when you are not wakeboarding?
A: Totally got into photography and filming.. Love it. Always have my equipment with me on the trips.
Q: What achievement are you most proud of so far in your career?
A: Getting there where I am right now. That´s it.
Q: If you didn't wakeboard for a living, what would you have liked to be doing now for an occupation?
A: I would still stand in that plant producing paper bags. No really, I can´t say where life would have brought me without wakeboarding. Happy how it is now. I never think about how it would be without it.
Q: What trick do you enjoy the most?
A: I think there is no specific trick I like the most. What I enjoy the most is jibbing the whole day. Enjoying the cable day to day life.