Brandon Tolliver *Surfer/Instructor/Board Builder*
As someone who was born and raised in Minnetonka and grew up on the water, Brandon is a wakesurfer who knows all aspects of the sport. Beginning in 2004, when he started surfing, all the way to 2010 when he started to compete professionally Brandon has had the opportunity to surf the ocean and lakes worldwide with the best in the industry. Tolliver has been giving back by way of teaching private lessons and running clinics from Minnesota to Colorado; he even travels as far as California to spit his knowledge of the sport. From teaching someone surfing for their first time to teaching a 65 year old how to do 360's, Brandon definitely can relate to any skill level without changing the learning curve. Riding with Brandon will unleash talents and ideas that you may not have known or thought about. We guarantee you will be hooked as soon as you drop the rope!
When Brandon isn't on the water surfing, he is usually selling boats or designing custom wake boards. Brandon work's his weekdays at Heinen's Motor Sports in Osseo where he consults and sells boats, and in the evenings you can find him in his iDOL Surf Shop doing research and design, playing with the concave and channels on the Surf boards. Brandon breathes for the ever satisfying job of teaching someone to wakesurf. "Taking part in allowing someone to experience the weightlessness and push of a wave is unbelievable" Brandon says. Brandon's passion for sports has been with him his whole life but only when he found surfing did it become a lifestyle. Brandon surf's, makes boards and sells boats......sounds like a lifestyle to me!
With the wakesurfing water sport blowing up nation wide, Brandon is one of the most experienced, dedicated, and credible surfers to teach the sport in the region. The thing that makes Brandon unique and appealing is that he is right in the center of the wakesurfing action. Brandon actively comeptes in competitions and lends his hand to the future of the sport at the drop of a dime when givin the opportunity!
Nate Melek *Mktg/Brand/PR Manager*
With Nate Melek's knowledge of marketing and brand management, as well as personal experience in starting companies and turning idea's into tangible creations, Nate brings a creative mind set that visually has no limits. From branding to creating movements, and having an above average knowledge of all sports inside and out, Melek fits right in with our staff and has an eye that is very detail oriented. Melek is a natural born leader when it comes to sports as he participates in giving back to his communities in any way he can. Most specifically in Baseball, his #1 sport.
Melek, having been a professional ball player for 6 years, knows what it's like to be involved in serious competition and what it takes to reach personal goals and be the best you can be. "Possibilities are endless once you realize that you truly do get out what you put in." Melek says about training and hard work. Melek looks forward to spreading the word about this great opportunity and learning experience for anyone who loves being on the water while competing with a competitive edge. "This is a fun way to hang with buddies on the water and work on pure athleticism, balance, concentration, body movement and hand eye coordination." "These tools are not only needed in watersports but in all sports. There is always room for improvement and you never know who may find a deep passion in surfing until they have had an experience to ride with one of the nations best. Brandon, can exploit talents and make the average surfer become above average" says Melek when comparing all sports to surfing, and the skill set of Brandon Tolliver.
Melek works by day as a Medical Device Salesmen and puts in his overtime on the weeknights or weekends working with kids in baseball, pioneering the interest in wake surfing to the local communities all in the name of helping them reach their maximum potential as athletes, grow as professionals on and off the water/field and create and obtain personal goals.