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John Zdeblick


23Age Madison, WisconsinCity Wakeboard & WakeskateSport

Who is the most influential person in your life and why?

Family.  They have supported me through everything.  It's been rough, but they stick around.

Quote you live by?

"Whether you think you can, or think you can't - you're right" - Henry Ford

5 things you can’t live without?




cell phone

fun people


What is your biggest accomplishment so far?

First and only dual collegiate national champion (wakeboard and wakeskate in 2012) and world champion (2012 - Men's 1).  2012 was a good year


What’s your favorite Backside 5 gear?

I'm a fan of the Half Cab II and Script Shirts, but they are all so comfy!


Favorite song?

You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon


What is a hidden talent you have other than your sport?

I know more trivial facts than I care to admit, and can jump rope while on a pogo stick.


You make the best ______?

lasagna/fart jokes, take your pick


Favorite Trick?

Melan TS FS 360


Favorite Movie?


How long have you been with BacksideFive?

Since July 2012

Short Paragraph on how you got started riding in your sport:

I started riding after seeing some ski shows in northern Wisconsin when I was about 11 or 12.  I knew how to snowboard already and picked up wakeboarding pretty quickly when I got to try it.  I got my first board in 2002 and by the end of the first summer could do backrolls and 360s.  The rest kept going and I kept with it.  After I broke my collar bone snowboarding, I missed the whole snow season and was itching to get on a board.  The next summer I skateboarded and wakeboarded full time and decided I'd ditch snowboarding seriously and just take up wake.  The rest is history.