Frankie Panno

Frankie Panno


Personal Stats

  • Birthday
  • Birthplace
    Chicago, IL
  • Residence
    Chicago, IL
  • Favorite
    2012 Enzo SV233

Career Highlights

Biography Kneeboarder

I was raised on the water and Rock & Roll. Throughout my college day’s I immersed myself into the music business. Having attended Columbia College I was fortunate enough through my family’s help to own and operate Chicago’s most recognized recording studio Chicago Trax. Still having access to tow boats throughout my adolescence, skiing and footin just for fun and having many jobs adjacent to these two cornerstones of my ever evolving career, it was while working at a friends boat shop around 25 years ago to help out, I was asked to do some repo’s for extra cash that I encountered my first Kneeboard. Only after a few weeks riding I found I had a natural ability to go big and ride technical pretty quickly. It was during the Budwieser Waterski show that I got my first taste for competition at what they called the Pro/Am Challenge. I did pretty well my first time out and picked up Neptune Boards that day as my first real sponsor. They had asked me to try some more events and if I did well they would give me a full ride the next season. Luckily for me it worked out. So that next season I headed south to ride full time. It was while riding on Lake Howell in Orlando that I met Scott Byerly and his crew and many others driven to innovate and grow. This just fueled my desire to change the way I saw other kneeboarders ride and wanted to go big and technical the way I saw the wakeboarders I rode with. This created a niche in the kneeboard world for me. So I stayed on it and made it happen. The rest is history from there to here 25 years later I find myself with the same passion to help push kneeboarding to the next level.


Where did you grow up?

Chicago Il.


Siblings?

2 brothers and 1 sister


Kids?

None


What are 3 things you point out to someone at a boat show to sell Centurion over a competitor's boat?

For me it’s the wake first, the look second and how much boat you get for the price compared to the others out there.


What are your goals?

To continue to help grow the sport that’s given me so much over the years. Also to make as much impact on the way people look at Kneeboarding in the future.


Sponsors:

HO Sports, Centurion Boats. Accurate ropes and handles. Performance surf & ski, Allactionsports.com, 4D5W.com


Most recent results:

Since there are no tournaments for Kneeboarding I am a freerider


Biggest accomplishment in your sports:

Having my own pro model board with HO called The Agent.


Profession?

Pro Kneeboarder


Likes?

Music and being outdoors


Dislikes?

Fake people. Not being the real you.


Foods?

Italian and Sushi


Beliefs? Outlooks on life?

Persistence beats resistence.


Favorite rider and why?

Scott Byerly. Because he is a great friend. He has also paved the way for so many riders in not one but two sports. Mad respect!!!!


Board:

The Agent by HO


Boat:

2012 Enzo SV233


What first inspired you to begin Kneeboarding?

How much fun I had just getting to be out on my own trying new stuff and accomplishing them.


Who would you like to thank or give props to?

My parents and family that always had my back.


Quotes

Live your life to the fullest. It’s to short not to give your all.


Daily Rate?

$250 to $500 depending on what’s up + travel and lodging




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