I started wakeboarding last year! Summer 2010 was my first year involved with Sproat Lake Water Sports Association. My family had always tried to spend time on various lakes during past summers but never was I exposed to such talent in water sports, to be honest I had no idea how much of a sport wakeboarding was. Clueless of the sport I went out and tried my best, I was in complete shock when I watched how the riders there could invert themselves and get crazy air! Talk about feeling out-of-place, I was happy when I could get air off the wake… That’s when my competitive edge kicked in and I tried to keep up with the other riders my age and prove that I could do well in this sport regardless of how inexperienced I was.
Id have to say my biggest influence in wakeboarding would have to be everyone who has helped me, anyone who pushes my riding and helps coach me along the way. Also if it weren’t for the girl riders out there I would have nobody to look up to!
One of my favourite memories this summer would be placing second at the Sproat Lake tournament. Riding against girls who have been exposed to the sport for years now made it quite nerve-wracking for me. Most of the girls I ride against in my division are a year or two older as well. Along with the Sproat Tournament I think meeting new people at Sproat makes the whole summer more memorable. Last year I met all the kids from the Club and now after spending summers together we are all family. And Sproat is a beautiful lake so we see new faces all the time! I’d have to say no matter the occasion, everyone and everything at Sproat makes summer just that much better!
YES. Simple as that. Id say most wakeboarders have a pretty high pain tolerance.. Or at least develop one. If you can’t handle a little pain then you won’t get very far in this sport. First summer trying wakeboarding and I see all these kids going w2w (wake to wake) like it’s nothing.. What happens when I think I’m brave? I catch my toe edge, land flat on my face with my board bending backwards smoking me in the head. I thought I was fine, but then again it’s me.. I got a concussion. (Little did I know how common those are to wakeboarders). That was my first really hard fall. This summer I had some more interesting crashes, a few head smacks .. the usual wakeboard falls. Face plants with advil at hand for that after headache, slices on your legs from the rails, hands all ripped up from the handles. And to finish off the summer season, I wiped out and my body pretty much went into shock. But hey! No pain no Gain! Mastering those tricks and accomplishing the goals you set out for yourself make every scratch worth it!
Yes, I do. Watching other people wipe out, remembering the unpleasant feel of the crashes and the outcome of doing a trick wrong does frighten me. I talk myself into trying new things most of the time and I like to be good at what I do so I always compete with the other riders. I try to put the fact that “that’s going to hurt,” to the back of my mind and deal with a fall when it comes. I like to think of why I’m trying the tricks and how good it feels when you land what you’ve been working really hard on. Although yes, if I wasn’t scared at all I would be trying every trick I possibly could!
The guy to girl ratio is quite large I will admit! Especially at tournaments, there are so many guy riders and very few female riders. I think because the sport does involve a bit of pain and perseverance more girls opt out of doing it. Considering there aren’t as many girl riders I find myself mostly riding with the guys. Which is good because they don’t treat me like competition and they aren’t afraid to help and give me tips! On the other hand though, It gives me less to compete with during the training so I’m not always pushed. Knowing I have less competition though it gives me an advantage. I have less girls to compete with in tournaments than the boys do.
Outside of wakeboarding I play school volleyball, club volleyball and fastball. And during the winter I snowboard! Id have to say most of my time is occupied with school and sports.
My plans for the future are to pursue my sports as far as I can and do well in school. Id love to take my wakeboarding to a whole new level and compete in Provincials and Nationals and what ever other tournaments I can enter! I really want to try the new Cable park in Kelowna and ride in Florida! I want to keep progressing with this sport, I really enjoy it!
This year I learned… lots of w2w grabs, 360’s on the funbox, grabs off the ski jump, I was working on w2w 180’s and Tantrums as well.