Sam Collins 20 // Cable Ski Cairns // Hol­loways Beach

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Though his mod­esty hides it well, Sam Collins, or Bobo as he is more af­fec­tion­ately known, is one of the world’s lead­ing pro­fes­sional ath­letes.

Named ju­nior world cable wake­board­ing cham­pion at age 13 and now ranked among the best in the sport glob­ally, Bobo is fast carv­ing out a solid ca­reer in wa­ter-board sports.

Not only that but his im­pres­sive tal­ents have trans­lated into a host of other suc­cesses, which look set to keep his name hot on in­dus­try lips for many years to come. Just one of th­ese side­line ac­com­plish­ments has been Bobo’s ap­pear­ance in sev­eral cable ski pro­mo­tional films in­clud­ing one that went global.

“The first one was two years ago in the Philip­pines called State­ment,” he says. “When the park opened up over there they got a heap of pro rid­ers to do a promo and it ended up be­ing a pro­fes­sional video that went all around the world.”

An­other “perk” as he de­scribes it has been the op­por­tu­nity to play judge for a host of bikini model con­tests, in­clud­ing the highly pub­li­cised Hawai­ian Tropic com­pe­ti­tion re­cently held in Cairns.

De­spite all the at­ten­tion and the in­ter­na­tional travel his po­si­tion brings, Bobo in­sists he’s in it for the love of the sport more than any­thing.

“The money is good but you have to move to Europe to make a liv­ing out of it at the mo­ment,” he ex­plains. Not that he hasn’t par­taken in his fair share of the re­wards.

“Last year I prob­a­bly com­peted in 10 or 12 comps and won about seven,” he says. “I don’t re­mem­ber what I made last year but I know for five comps I com­peted in over five weeks I won just un­der $10,000.”

Though he ad­mits that’s not bad for a man of only 20, Bobo says he still has a long way to go.

“The av­er­age prize money for first place is US$5000, you can get up to US$10,000-15,000 rid­ing be­hind a boat in Amer­ica but I’m still push­ing to get there,” he says.

In the mean­time, Bobo is happy to bal­ance his train­ing, which can be any­where from 10 min­utes to three hours a day, with his work as coach and ma­chine op­er­a­tor at Cable Ski Cairns.

“I wouldn’t mind be­ing able to stay with the sport,” he says. “Most go out at about 30, their bod­ies can’t take it any­more but if I can stay in the game do­ing other things like run­ning a shop or a cable ski park it would be good.”

Joeleen Bet­tini

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