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Your Name (and Nickname): Colleen “CC” Cain
Your Age: 34
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Lake Hartwell & Lake Keowee
Weapon(s) of choice: Soul Craft AV Inspire, Parker Surfcraft, Vew-Do balance board, K2 Bright Lite Snowboard, K2 Radical 100 inline Skates, & a squat rack
What’s an average day for you like?
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? The most difficult part for me starting out in wake surfing, as a beginner, was that I had to teach myself the fundamentals and rely on youtube videos, ect. The sport is still pretty new to our area, so not too many people heard of it. The easiest part of of wake surfing is enjoying it!
The easiest part of of wake surfing is enjoying it!
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best part is that women can compete at high levels and in many cases leave men in the “rollers” behind their wake.
The worst part is that with any sport, men have more testosterone, which can give them an advantage of bigger airs without effort. We women just have to work a little bit harder.
What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? More divisions that allow riders of all abilities the confidence to compete and not feel inferior to riders with more skill.
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? Most of my family, friends, and co-workers would describe me as being laid back, caring, attentive, goofy, extremely motivated, and driven by my passions.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? SheShreds for sure! I wear Fila and Under Armour at the gym. Nike, Calavera, and Fox racing for swimwear, Mizuno is my running shoe of choice.
Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? What you put into yourself, whether it’s what you eat, or how you look, is what you are going to get out of yourself. It’s very important to feel good about how you look, but also how you feel.It will give you that extra drive and motivation to be and do your very best.
How dangerous do u really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Wake surfing is not too terribly dangerous. You should always surf behind an inboard boat. and NEVER behind an outboard. Practicing shuvs will leave you with some bruised shins though.
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. I witnessed a rider nearly get a tooth knocked out when his board popped him in the mouth. If he didn’t have braces, his front tooth would have been gone!
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? The awesome feeling they get when they let go of the rope for the first time and are freeriding the endless wave!
What is your favorite trick? I ride mainly surf style, so I love to slash, and get air on my board. 360’s are really fun!
Do you own any other toys? I have a Centurion Enzo 230, an F-250 SuperDuty with a lift, and a Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 track.
What gets you pumped up for the day? Having a balanced breakfast, coffee, and great tunes
What are three things you could not live without? My family, my dogs, and wake surfing
What are your expectations for this activity/sport? That riders will continue to raise the bar regarding the tricks being thrown and eventually having wakesurfing in the X-games.
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My family, friends, co-workers, and the amazing crew at SheShreds!!
Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? Emily Agate is my favorite female surf style pro rider. She is a very skilled rider and she is doing a lot to promote the sport by posting online tips, videos, and challenges on facebook. Jodi Grassman is my favorite female skim style pro rider. She's won several World titles, is an extremely talented rider, and has an awesome personality!
What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? Dental Hygiene at Pediatric Dentistry. I love the outdoors. (hiking, swimming, running, and inline skating) Helping my clients obtain their health and fitness goals at the gym as a personal trainer for Ultra Fit by Defendis. Strength training is a huge must for me! It keeps my body in shape and conditioned in the off seasons
How about in the off season to stay in shape? Trying not to indulge on the holiday goodies ;-) I do a lot of balance work with an old skim board on top of Bosu ball. I hit the gym at least 5 days a week to do strength training. Yoga also helps keep me limber.
What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? To control my nerves in competition! Work on new tricks and land 360’s more consistently in competition. More podium finishes!
What do you do to prep for a competition? Make sure my body gets the right foods. Lots of stretching, (yoga) and a good nights rest. Music also helps before my run to get amp’d up!
What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non sports accomplishments also.
What’s your favorite “way” to ride? I ride on the port side of the boat which is considered regular.(right foot in back, left forward) I also ride switch heel-side.
Favorite conditions? Pure glass, No wind, and an empty lake :-)
Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? I would love to be able to ride in the Wake Surf open in Brazil!
What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? I love 80’s music. Anything from the “hairband” era get me pumped up! I also like rock alternative! 21 Pilots and Awolnation are some of my favorites.
What turned you on to your sport? I grew up in New Smyrna Beach, so I was constantly exposed to ocean surfing. I moved to South Carolina 8 years ago and found out that you could surf behind a boat and it was love at first sight!
Any new tricks you’re working on? Consistency with my 360’s, Air reverse 180, surface reverse 180 and 360.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Got invited to Worlds for the first time last season and ranked 6th place overall out of 84 in my division.
What other extreme/action sports are you into? Inline skating, snowboarding, and strength training.
If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? Probably occupying it with more work. Wakesurfing is my escape and my “happy place.”
What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? I currently ride my Soul Craft AV inspire and love it! It's such a fast board and very light. It's easy to pop huge airs as well as spin 360's. I also love my Parker Surfcraft! it's extremely light! Chris Muehl owns Parker Surfcraft and is an amazing board shaper! I also love my K2 Bright Lite snowboard. It's perfect for a beginner but definitely allows for improvement to intermediate riding.
What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself ? I will be trying some park features in snowboarding this season. I am prepared to fall numerous times and prepared for bruises. The trick is to get back up and do it again! Fate loves the fearless right?
How would you describe your riding style? Aggressive surf style.
What would you say is your signature trick? That would probably be my back dive dismount! Even though it's not counted in contests, it seems to be a crowd pleaser.
Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? H20!
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to work with dolphins. Yes, I’m 34 and not grown up yet ;-) I also want to progress my wakesurfing career!