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Your Age: 29
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Woodstock GA
Weapon(s) of choice: Phase Five Diamond LUV (2016 Model), Victoria Pixie Pro Model (2014 Model)
What’s an average day for you like? I'm the Office Manager at Glade Marina on Lake Allatoona... Get up, go to work. After work I either hit the gym, catch up on school work with my 8 year old (soon to be shredder) daughter, or enjoy time with my family and friends.
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? Finding that sweet spot, finding your balance, being able to listen to instruction and apply it as your doing it. On the water you can't just stop and adjust or you'll get a face full of lake water.
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? Best - All the cute boards and vests we have to choose from. Worst - Can't really think of any negatives... maybe guys thinking we can't keep up sometimes.
What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? A little more unity would be nice. I see other girls in our sport getting picked on for wearing bikinis, taking lots of pics, or other things and it drives me crazy. That's what I love about SheShreds - the mission is to pull us together and be supportive for other women in sports - I love that!
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? My personal style is a combo of country chic and lake bum/skater. You can find cowboy boots, Vans, and wedges in my shoe collection. I have entirely too many t-shirts and tanks. Too many cut off shorts and yoga pants. I have recently found a new love for unique boutique clothes. I love all the fun patterns and colors.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? I love Vans, anything on Tilly's. Phase 5 has really stepped up their fashion game this last year with crop top sweaters and racer back tanks that are the CUTEST! I wouldn't trade my Von Zipper glasses for anything. Really digging Glide Soul right now. I'm making plans to buy one of their new comp vests asap! Can not live without my Nixon watches.
Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? I really think it's important to try and look your best. That doesn't necessarily mean you should be dolled up at all times but if you put the energy into at least doing something cute with your hair, throwing on some mascara and a cute outfit you just feel better! I think being active is important too. I can def tell a difference in how I feel and look if I sit on the couch for a few days versus getting out and walking or going to the gym.
How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Wake surfing is very low impact. That's one of the biggest selling points I use when trying to get people over a certain age to try it for the first time. Any residual sports or health injuries are 9 times out of 10 unaffected by it. Back problems, knee replacements, shoulder surgeries, etc. are usually acceptable when surfing. The speed is much lower when compared to other water sports so the aftermath of a wipe out is way less. You aren't being pulled around by a rope at a high speed, (other than to initially pull yourself up), so there's a lot less strain on the shoulders and back.
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. I think the worst thing I've ever witnessed, that didn't have a bad ending thankfully, was a group of jet skis following entirely too closely behind a surfer. Trying to jump the wake behind the boat. It's so dangerous because you can hardly see a surfer as it is, much less if they fall. Boat safety is extremely important to us on Lake Allatoona.
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I think there are several factors that make surfing so much different from other sports that rally pulls people in. Most conversations start with "How do you surf on a lake???" "You aren't being pulled by the boat?" "How do you stay behind the boat?" "You aren't attached to your board!?" The freedom of all those things combined is what makes it so awesome.
What is your favorite trick? I really want to get more consistent with my 3's. I always land them when no one is watching, it doesn't count. etc. I'd really like to get a shuv down. I will probably have to branch out into skateboarding to widen my variety of tricks.
Do you own any other toys? Not at this time. We used to have a bunch of dirt bikes, four wheeler's and jet skis but with a little one it just didn't make sense. She's getting bigger now and inherited our need to go fast and keep her feet off the ground so I have a feeling we will be getting more soon.
What gets you pumped up for the day? Any day I know I'm going to be on a boat I'm ecstatic the whole day.
What are three things you could not live without? 1. Wake surfing
What are your expectations for this activity/sport? Thanks to the CWSA.org and other groups we have really started to become more organized and fair in competitions. I'm really impressed with the work they've done even since last season. I just want everyone to remember it's all about having fun. The sport is growing so fast I think it's easy to lose sight that we are all after the same thing- the betterment of wakesurfing.
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My daughter, Alexis is my biggest cheerleader without a doubt. I'm sure the kids at school are sick of hearing about wake surfing! My boyfriend/equipment manager/alarm clock/supply orderer/chauffeur, Jacob, has encouraged me SO much to go after my goals. Danny Biebricher, (and his wife Brenda) who has been with me since the beginning. Being a part of Allatoona Adventures with them has made a HUGE impact on my life. And of course Drew Danielo... I wouldn't be surfing at all if it weren't for him.