Bryan Hughes

  • Founded a wakeboard and waterski summer program on Chatuge Reservoir in Hayesville, North Carolina
  • Freelance journalist specializing in water sports whose work has appeared in a variety of local and national publications including the Western Outdoor Times
  • Waterskiier since age 10, wakeboarder since 12, and teacher since 18


Bryan Hughes is a former writer for ThoughtCo who specializes in how-to guides for wakeboarding and waterskiing. He first started waterskiing when he was 10 years old, switched to wakeboarding at age 12, and still continues to practice both sports to this day.

At age 18, he and his brother Josh Hughes put together a summer wake training program on the Chatuge Reservoir in Hayesville, North Carolina, and Bryan spends every summer helping riders of all ages. Now, as a certified wakeboard instructor and boat driver, Bryan continues to find new opportunities within the water sports world. He has even had a chance to swap stories with X Games wakeboard champion Danny Harf.


Bryan Hughes studied at Southern New Hampshire University before moving to Charleston, South Carolina, to open up a clothing retailer in the city, which closed in 2017. Currently, Hughes is a New Business Development Executive at Mobilia Consulting.

Awards and Publications

Bryan Hughes

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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