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From The MagPro RidersPeer Pressure with Reider Decker

Peer Pressure with Reider Decker

“He’s referred to as The Reider Decker Show, on the Airush team. And it’s because of one reason; everyone stops to watch when Reider is on the water. Throwing Varial Kick Flips, Double Front Rolls or flipping the board fins up and then flipping the board to its normal side, people can’t help but watch. Even dedicated wakestyle riders stop to watch.  

At Hood River’s Bridge of the Gods Reider put on a show again, leaving the commentators confused on what to call each trick. He won the event with his laid back style.

Truly stoked on the lifestyle, his roots run deep in kiteboarding; many people know his dad, Barton Decker, owner of Hatteras Island Surf and Sail. This Cape Hatteras, North Carolina institution to is the epicenter of water sports life.

Simply put, the Decker family evoke the stoke.”—Marc Schmid, Airush Brand Manager

Brock Skiperdene: Is there a specific memory you have of when you first fell in love with kiting? 

Reider Decker: I remember the feeling I got when I first did a big jump; looking down in disbelief thinking, “holy shit that’s high!” It’s hard to get something close to that feeling again. 

Chad Christy: Being at the forefront of strapless riding, where do you find your inspiration from?

Reider Decker: I get a lot of inspiration from watching other people ride. Evan Netsch and I are always going back and forth practicing each other’s tricks. He’s always been really good at toe side tricks and unhooked tricks, even when strapless. 

When I went to Tarifa for the Strapless Pro my inspiration was just amplified. I left so excited to practice different tricks and variations I was watching everyone try. 

I also get inspiration from surfing and old school skating. The one-footer and flip tricks definintely come from that. 

Chad Christy: Is it true the bottom of your feet feel like Velcro?

Reider Decker: Walking around barefoot for most of your life is the key.

Evan Netsch: First strapless board? 

Reider Decker: The Nobile skimboard. It was our shop’s first full order with Nobile and the Skimboard was the cheapest board they had so we added it to the order to complete our minimum requirement. When it got to the shop I added it to the demo fleet, which ended up being two years of just me riding it.

Evan Netsch: Strangest (most unique) trick you do?

Reider Decker: One footer with a 360 Shove It to Toe Side. I love it because you can get a big, fully extended one-footer on the way up, then throw the board into the wind for a Shove It and revert to Toe Side on your way down. If you stick it right you come in fast and super smooth. 

I used to do reverse Shove Its to Toe Side on the skimboard and one-footers with the wakeskate Jason Stone style. When I tried combining them for the first time on a surfboard, I almost landed it right out of the gate and was stoked. So many weird strapless tricks I think of go nowhere, but having the practice with the skimboard and the wakeskate when I was younger made it quick to learn and one of my go-to tricks.  

Evan Netsch: How many boards do you break a year?

Reider Decker: As many or less then you do Evan! 

Evan Netsch: Best/favorite spot?

Reider Decker: Hatteras. There’s no place like home. Starting in September the north east winds and good swell come in for the fall, making for epic downwinders. The waves are always fairly steep and have power even when it is small, and the wind angle makes it messy sometimes but lets you do big top turns with no pull from the kite.  

Gage Fichter: What was your scariest kitemare?

Reider Decker: When I went alone in the ocean on a side off day in Hatteras in March. The waves were decent size, the wind was nuking out of the north west, and the water was super cold. To get a less off shore wind angle, I had to go out of town to the north, just south of Oregon Inlet Bridge. There are very few people in Hatteras in early March and north of town in the Refuge was totally desolate. The waves looked so clean though, and kiting this wind direction with swell was very rare. After warming myself up in the car, I suited up with my 6/4 and covered my body head-to-toe in rubber. I got out there and was having a blast until my kite completely dropped out and did a multiple invert on the way down. After trying to fix and launch it a few times unsuccessfully, while getting dragged further and further out to sea, I decided to cut my losses and pull my safety and swim it in. I lost my board in the process. By the time I got to the shore I saw a glimpse of it on the outside for a second. Hoping to get it back, I quickly rolled out my lines and planned to body drag out to it, but then I looked back again and it was gone. It was so windy it probably hit the Gulf Stream a few hours later. The only board I’ve ever lost.

Brock Skiperdene: What is your favorite kite you’ve ever used?

Reider Decker: Now the Airush Wave. I use it for doing strapless airs and riding waves. They kill off power super well for riding waves, but still give you a little lift when you sheet in, making them work really well for doing strapless airs. But when I was little I had the 10 meter Cabrinha Black Tip as my one-kite quiver that I was stoked on. I would always go super over0powered and try big board-offs.

Chad Christy: All time, favorite board?

Reider Decker: All time, favorite kite surf board is the 5’11” Airush Vonverse. You can do such vertical turns with it and it holds and releases so well. When I do silly strapless tricks I love the Airush Slayer. Whenever I’m having a bad session I can just jump on that and try to ride it upside and do handplants and other silly stuff. But there is something special about my first strapless board, the Nobile Skimboard. 

Chad Christy: Single best kiting innovation in the past five years?

Reider Decker: Probably the ease of low Y safety systems with easy to reset quick releases. It has been adapted by most major brands now and is becoming close to an industry standard.

Gage Fichter: What is the strangest compliment you’ve every received?

Reider Decker: Well I don’t know if this is exactly a compliment, but having people come up to me and ask to touch my hair is pretty strange. 

Chad Christy: What type of product do you use to make it so curly?

Reider Decker: Unicorn tears I buy from an old wise fishermen in Ocracoke.

Morgan Skiperdene: What’s your most ridiculous sleep walking story?

Reider Decker: When I was 6 or 7 I had a nightmare where I was convinced there was an evil Santa Clause in our house. I was so freaked out I ran out of our house and through the woodsy path to our neighbors. When I got in their house, I screamed loud enough to wake everyone up. To this day I still don’t think I have ever heard of an evil Santa Clause as being a thing kids fear, so I have no idea where it came from. Thankfully our neighbors were cool and it was not a problem. There have been no evil Santa Claus sightings in Waves since.

Gage Fichter: What’s your breakfast of choice?

Reider Decker: Banana, strawberry, almond butter, and cacao smoothies with some chocolate and whatever other sweets are around.

Morgan Skiperdene: How many chicken biscuits do you eat from Sheila’s Carolina Kitchen in a given week during summer?

Reider Decker: I’m gonna say four, but that totally might be an understatement. Bojangles’ doesn’t have anything on Shelia’s.

Brock Skiperdene: What’s your favorite beer? 

Reider Decker: Hardest question yet. When we were younger in Tri-Village we grew up on Miller Highlife and would always drink that and somehow I’m still not sick of it. When it comes to nicer beer I’m a big fan of Porters and IPA’s. Lone Rider Brewery in Raleigh always has some epic craft beers and are distributed all around North Carolina. Their seasonal Black IPA called Cowboy in Black is an epic strong beer with a lot of flavors. In Waves the only place to get good beer is the Waves Market and Deli; they have a big selection of beers especially for Tri-Village. 

Brock Skiperdene: Do you have a favorite childhood memory that doesn’t involve kiting? 

Reider Decker: I think a lot of my best memories do involve kiting, hanging out with Evan Netsch, Morgan and Brock Skiperdene, Sam Medysky, and my sister Vela at our Dad’s shop was always the best. We would goof around and fly two meter trainer kites on the lawn and see how high we could jump with them. 

Surfing with my friends and family at the Rodanthe pier would be the next best. Oh, and the many water balloon fights at birthday parties when we were little.

Chad Christy: If you didn’t love surf and kite so much, what would you be doing in the real world? 

Reider Decker: Maybe an accountant or working in sales? And looking for a passion like surfing or kiting to do in my free time. 

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