Leigh Ward

Hometown: Adelaide, Australia

DOB: 15/8/1986Leigh_1

  1. When & where did you first start riding? As far back as I can remember I’ve always been on the water. Growing up my family would spend weekend after weekend on the river. Skiing was my weapon of choice growing up, I never really got into wakeboarding. I wanted to do something different and that not many other people were doing so in 2005 I started Kneeboarding and then picked up my first sponsor with HO in 2007, and I haven’t looked back since.
  1. Who inspires your riding the most? I would have to say Dave Jennings, some of the tricks he was doing back then were incredible and still to this day, I haven’t seen a better S’Bend than his.

Frankie Panno, the way he continues to push the sport even at his age (jokes) makes it a lot easier for riders like myself to keep striving for bigger and better tricks and gives the younger generation something to look up to.

I have a mate, Marc Grey, who lives in Melbourne and if I’m lucky I’ll get to over and ride with him a few times a year, which whenever we are together we push each other to try a bunch of new tricks.

Describe your riding style? Personally like think that have a lot of style and flow. I may not necessarily go the biggest or furthest into the flats but I make sure my tricks look super stylish, throwing in grabs and tweaks where ever possible.

  1. Leigh_2What has it meant to ride for HO Sports?

To be part of HO Sports is huge, one of the biggest and most recognized ski companies in the world and to be able to say I ride for them is an awesome achievement, not only do they help me out with products but I also receive great support from the management staff.

  1. What has been your career highlights? The memory of landing my first flip with all my mates in the boat screaming and shouting will always stick with me. But representing Australia in the 2010 World titles in Atlanta, Georgia with my mate Marc Grey would have to be my career highlight to date.
  1. What are your future goals in Kneeboarding? I aspire to continue pushing the sport of Kneeboarding, striving to take the sport to levels it has never been before. And in years to come hopefully be remembered for all the hard work and commitment I put in to help take this sport to bigger and better things.

Helping represent companies is something I enjoy doing and will continue to push for maximum exposure for those behind me. The boundaries are only beginning to be pushed and as I progresses into the year I have already made plans to shoot a video for Centurion Boat Company, photo shoots with magazine companies and becoming more involved with Kneeboard Australia to develop competitions and fly in days threw out Australia.

Would also love to one day get over to Orlando and ride with fellow rider/sponsor Frankie Panno.

  1. Favorite song/music to ride to? Depends on what mood I’m in really, first thing in the morning if it’s just myself and a few others in the boat I don’t mind a bit of Ed Sheeran.

If there are a lot of people in the boat and I’m trying to get myself pumped up to try new tricks I love to listen to Amity Affliction.

  1. Likes? General things I guess… typical Aussie, love a good bbq, coronas, mates, anything that gives me rush or is dangerous and females.
  1. Dislikes? So many, but the main ones would be olives, books, fish and tangled boat ropes. Not really a fan of foam either… yes foam!
  1. Favorite food? This is a tough one, I have a lot of favourite meals but continually fall back on a massive chicken parmigiana. With a side or gravy of course 😉
  1. Favorite quote? Ummmm I’ll go with “Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got”

  1. Leigh_3Board you ride?
     I ride on Frankie Panno’s 2015 HO AGENT and have so for the past 3 years.
  1. What’s favorite place to ride? My local and favourite spot to ride is at White Sands Caravan Park in Murray Bridge, but I also travel to Morgan to hang out with a bunch of other talented Adelaide riders, including fellow teammate Stephen Hausler.
  1. Sponsors:
Stephen Hausler
Jared Bohlen
Josh Alexander
Dale Watson