Wakesports Career Highlights:
- Circa 1980s Centurion catalog appearance (Knee Board / Skurfer)
- South Pole Push Expedition: https://youtu.be/KTmiGQhp2gI
- Return to hydrofoil post injury 2012: https://youtu.be/vCz_JMzWYi4
- WSIA keynote speaker – Steamboat Springs Colorado 2015
- Return to wake surf post injury 2015: https://youtu.be/ZFK0wjNw4WA
- Centurion keynote speaker – Surf Expo, Orlando Florida 2015
- Keynote speaker – World Wake Surf Championships, Parker Arizona 2015
- 1st flat spin on sit-down wake surf rig – 2016
- 1st backflip on SkySki post SCI – 2016: https://youtu.be/5KdN0ygqlAg
- Exhibition ride at 2016 World Wake Surf Championships to unveil the ri257
- 1st wake surf on sit-down hydrofoil (boat: ri257) – Lake Yosemite, 2016
My name is Grant Korgan and I joined the Centurion Boats Pro Team in 2015 and the Roswell Pro Team in early 2016. I grew up on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe living the water sports dream. My fascination with water set in at an early age and as time marched forward I added the passions for both falling water (kayaking) and frozen water (skiing & snowmobiling) to my list of liquid playgrounds. Said simply, no matter how you ride it, I’ve always been inspired by the water.
I believe in living life to its greatest potential, choosing to move forward with positivity regardless of adversity, and being the highest version of myself in everything I do. Whether it’s in my adventures as an athlete, as a former nano-technologist, a devoted husband, a motivational speaker, an author or a person recovering from a life-altering injury; I choose to live each and every day awed by how grateful I am to experience the stoke of this life.
I believe life is all about experiences. For as long as I can remember, the experience of being on the water and behind a boat has captivated my creativity and made me feel lucky to be alive. After sustaining a spinal cord injury to my first lumbar vertebra in March of 2010, and being told my cherished independence and love of outdoor life had become a thing of the past, I worked tirelessly to beat the odds and and ended up making some history along the way (more on that later). Spurred by my commitment to live an adventure-filled life on my terms, an overwhelming sense of self-belief, and armed with the unconditional love and support of my soul mate and wife Shawna, I decided right from the start I would rise. I would rise to again ride the very snowmobile I broke my back on, again pilot my whitewater kayak, and I would once again rise to feel the wind in my face and the water at my chest behind a Centurion boat using a sit-down wake surfing rig and a SkySki hydrofoil.
By doing the hard work and tirelessly visualizing my progression, I found the continued strength to reclaim my activity-based lifestyle by becoming the first spinal cord-injured athlete in history to ski the final degree of latitude on our planet to the geographic South Pole, using only my arms. I have set the goal of 120% recovery (which I am well on my way to achieving), and I’ve made it my personal mission to showcase the enduring human spirit within us all, and to further empower humanity to realize their endless ability to overcome challenge by simply choosing positivity in their own lives.
Professional Motivational Speaker | Author | Athlete
a 2016 Centurion FS44 named “KorgVice”
Centurion Boats, Hiball Energy, Roswell Marine, BigTruck Brand, BodyGlove, Inland Surfer, SkySki, GatorStep, RhinoHub
Where are you from:
Lake Tahoe, NV
Where do you currently reside:
Donner Lake, CA
Favorite Riding Spots:
Lake Tahoe, CA and Bullards Bar, CA
Current Gear Setup:
- WakeSurf: Boards, Inland Surfer Black Pear (custom)
- Hydrofoil: Board, SkySki Matrix C3 / Tower, SkySki Bones Evo / T-bar, SkySki LE-41 / Wings (custom)
Favorite Roswell products:
The Triton Racks are going to be game changers for all who are blessed to be flanked by them. The idea of a universal rack which stows all the toys vertically out of the way feels like the the R&D department found and utilized some Da Vinci lost diary entries. Kudos to the Roswell engineering and creative departments…
Why do you ride Roswell:
One word: passion…
To me, Roswell represents a group of people united in their passion to create the finest products on the market. Coupled with their passion to innovate ground breaking technologies, and their passion to quantifiably add value to the boating experience on a global scale, makes them one-of-a-kind. And…as a total gear head, I am big fan of utilizing the best of everything. Roswell represents the industry’s proverbial yard stick – they set the bar each and every year, and then continue to raise it. I appreciate a group of people committed to breaking their own records, and the Roswell team lives that goal in both their corporate DNA and their ever-progressive product innovation.
My best trick is easily flying wake-to-wake strapped to a hydrofoil after hearing the words, “you will never move your legs against gravity again”.This past summer I stomped my first flat spins wake surfing and I am now riding inverts away on the foil. If I had to sum up these feelings into one word, without question it would be “Freedom”!!!
Best part about boating:
One word, “family”! And by family I mean every single person who is on the boat when a session is going down. Humans love to ride waves – so when the words “wake surf” are mentioned and the thought of a “thigh to waist” private / glassy / shark-less / piece of water to glide on hits the brain – the boat is full, the smiles are ear-to-ear, and all-time life memories are made…just like that.
I am extremely grateful to:
My wife, family, friends, incredible sponsors, and everyone in the marine industry who’ve made my journey back behind the boat a smile-filled reality
My wife, family, and Duncan Lee (& his family) for making this journey possible. EVERYONE at Roswell Global for making so much magic happen, for so many. Everyone in the Centurion Boats family for having my back since I was a kid and supporting my dreams. Big props to my Hiball Energy family, #TeamBrock, #TeamGiff, #TeamSpencer, the Meistrell family, SkySki, GatorStep, Inland Surfer, Pioneer Marine, Homewood High & Dry Marina & Mello Marine.
Through this journey of overcoming and pushing forward each and every day, I realized as human beings our struggles may be different but our desire to live the highest versions of ourselves, to rise above and succeed beyond measure are all the same. It is my goal to continue working toward all experiences which bring me joy, including new tricks on the SkySki and getting #WakePitted in the green room behind my FS44. It is my passion to share my message of “Possibility Through Positivity” with the world, to encourage others to step outside their comfort zones and experience the bliss which exists just beyond today’s personal best, and to empower others to overcome adversity each and every day by Choosing Positivity Now!
Ocean surfing, aviation (helicopters, planes, paragliders, paramotors), whitewater kayaking, competitive distance outrigger canoe paddling, kite boarding, snow skiing, snowmobile riding and burly PT workouts with my wife (she is a fierce trainer).
Current Netflix show:
Favorite artist to get loud and ride to:
I can’t say he is my all-time favorite, but when Freddie Mercury drops the first note of “Fat Bottom Girls” when I’m on the water with a rope in my hand, it’s like self-preservation becomes invalid and I find a whole new gear in my transmission. Honestly, I can’t explain the phenomenon… That said, most days on the water with consists of the dubbin reggae vibes of Stick Figure, or the digital awesomeness of The Glitch Mob.
Should pineapple on pizza be a crime:
Hellz no, that is pizza done right!!
Which action sports athlete had the biggest impact on their sport:
Without question, the late and great Shane McConkey – full stop, end of sentence.
Which action sports athlete had the biggest impact on me:
Without question, the late and great Shane McConkey – full stop, end of sentence. Speaking to that, Shane was more than a pioneer. Within the snow sports world, he not only developed the ragged edge of progression he operated at, he did it with a smile and an apparent ease of character. Meaning, Shane was one of the greatest athletes of all time but he did not stop there – he was also a world-class prankster, a father, a competitor, a friend, a husband, a lover of life, and a man who traveled the globe sharing his bliss all along his journey. #ThanksShane
Who is your anchor:
My wife, Shawna… She makes my world spin!! I am one hundred percent #InAweOfTheNaa
“In life, you can’t stop the waves from coming; but you can always learn to surf”… ~ Unknown