October 25, 1973
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Darin Shapiro (born October 25, 1973) is a professional wakeboarder from Orlando, Florida and the most successful rider in the history of the sport of wakeboarding. After a 10-year retirement from wakeboarding, Shapiro returned to competition at age 40, at the 2014 Wake Games contest at Orlando Watersports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
Shapiro competed in his first pro contest on the island of Kauai at the age of 17.
Shapiro appeared in most major Wakeboard movies and influenced the development of the sport. He is considered to be the first rider landing an Air Railey which was named after one of his coaches in Team Hyperlite. The first signature board ever in the industry was named the "Shapiro Pro Model" from Hyperlite.
He was the first to do a double-frontflip, known as a Speedball.
In the early days of the sport Shapiro was riding for Herb O'Brian who founded Hyperlite. The noted "Hyperlite Pro" board was responsible for the tremendous growth of the sport and Shapiro contributed with his demonstrations of excellent riding.
Shapiro also surfs and is a musician.
Darin Shapiro was the first pro wakeboarder ever inducted into the Water Ski Hall of Fame 2010.
Darin Shapiro is a 12 time World Champion and led the sport of wakeboarding for nearly 20 years.
3x triple crown champ, 12 overall world titles, 3x X Games, gold, silver, bronze, Gravity games gold, 4x masters champ, 3x Nautique Big Air champ, approximately 70 pro tour wins, and is the most winning rider in the history of the sport.
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- "Darin Shapiro HOF Bio". Water Ski Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 31, 2010.