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Ellie “Soda” Patrick
Your Age: 13
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Portland Oregon
Weapon(s) of choice: Wakeboard, Snowboard, Wakesurf board, Skateboard, Indo Board, Voda Board and Trampoline
What’s an average day for you like? The same as most 13 year old girls with the addition of shredding on the water and mountain every chance I get. If I can’t be on the water or mountain, I do everything I can to train so I’ll be better and stronger the next time I get to ride.
What is the best and worst part about being a female rider in your sport? The best is all the opportunities I feel females have to make a huge presence in board sports. That’s why I love what SheShreds.co is all about and why I’m excited to be part of their vision. The worst is when the boys assume they’re better but then again I think that can also be a good thing. It pushes me that much harder to podium and show the boys that female rebels are here to stay.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? I love wearing Roxy, Nike, O’Neill, Burton, Vans, Converse, Holden and of course SheShreds.co apparel.
How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? All extreme sports are dangerous. You need to work hard at building a strong foundation and good form to help reduce the risks. If you think about it, most things in life can be dangerous if done wrong. I believe that you should pick activities that you’re passionate about and challenge yourself to overcome your fears and be respectful of the dangers.
“Never under estimate the power of passion” Eve Sawyer
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. Don’t know if I can describe just one but I can tell you when we go riding you see some of the craziest and funniest crashes. My worst/craziest crash was when I was learning my two wake jump and I caught my toe edge. I flipped and smacked my head on the water so hard it felt like hitting concrete. Got Advil that day!
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I don’t know about others but what got me hooked is the feeling you get when gliding/floating across glassy water and fresh soft snow. One of the best feelings ever is when you get huge hang time on a jump and it feels like you’re flying.
What is your favorite trick? Toe side 2 wake 180 and 2 wake grabs.
Do you own any other toys? I have an Indo Board and a Voda Board to work on my balance and tricks and a trampoline that my sister and I raised money to get. The trampoline is great for practicing tricks before trying them behind the boat or on the mountain.
What gets you pumped up for the day? Knowing that I’ll have a new opportunity to make myself better.
What are three things you could not live without? I cannot live without my family and my “wakeboard family”. My books, air, water and food would also be nice…
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? By far my biggest supporters are my family, my “wakeboard family” and friends. I especially love my little sister who always challenges me to get a new trick. When I fail, she cheers me up and encourages me to try again. I’m extremely thankful to my mom and dad who do everything to help me reach my goals. Without them, I could not have accomplished what I have and what I hope to accomplish in the future.
Who is your favorite rider? I love watching all riders because everyone has their own style and personality. One of my favorite professional riders is Raimi Merritt. I was really excited last summer when I got the chance to meet and ride with her at GRTW 2015. I also really like Melissa Marquette.
What do you do in your spare time when you are not riding or competing? Train with my dad and have lots of workouts. I also do gymnastics, tumbling, soccer and the normal load of school work for a 7th grader.
What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? This next wakeboard season my goal is to land a couple of inverts.
What do you do to prep for a competition? Everyone seems to have different or weird ways of prepping for a competition. Mine is to review my trick plan, stretch with my friends, try my best not to psych myself out and my dad always gives me a pep talk before I compete.
What competitions and other awards have you won? In 2014 I took 1st place in Washington State and 3rd at INT Western Regionals for Junior Entro wakeboard division. In 2015 I took 1st place in Washington and Oregon State and 1st at INT Western Regionals for Junior Entro wakeboard division. In 2016 I won INT 1st place in Jr Novice for the state of Washington, and 2nd in Oregon and 1st place at INT 2016 Western Regionals
Favorite conditions? Glassy water and the first ride down the mountain after fresh snow has fallen.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? My sister and I spent a week at West Cost Camps in California this summer and learned so much from the coaches. We also met and made friends with so many other kids who love doing the same things I do.
How would you describe your riding style? I like to think of my style as from the heart, in control and somewhat aggressive. My dad always says he can see a big difference in the way I ride when it’s from my heart versus my head.
What would you say is your signature trick? I have a great Ollie Switch with a follow up Half Cab. When I got that trick down my dad said he might have to change my nick name to Half Cab Soda.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A professional wakeboarder or use the skills I’ve learned to teach other kids how to shred. No matter what I hope it will involve the board sports I love.
Alexie “Meatball” Patrick
Your Age: 9
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Portland, Oregon
Weapon(s) of choice: CWB Surge Wakeboard, Snowboard, Skateboard, Indo Board, Voda Board and Trampoline
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? At first just getting up and crossing the wake in wakeboarding. The easiest is falling in love with it and wanting to ride again.
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best would be riding with my amazing “wakeboard family” Joan, Molly, Dan and Kaley. The worst part is people thinking I can’t do something because I am a girl! Most of my school friends are boys and they treat me just like one of the guys!
What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? I would like to see more girls get out there and try wakeboarding, skateboarding and snowboarding. There are not many girls my age to ride with but at INT events I have made some good friends with other girls who like to shred!
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? They call me the “Meatball” and I am known for my backwards flat caps. I have a lot of hats and I love and collect hats!
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? Sheshreds.co of course! I also like Roxy, Nike, Converse and Tilly’s.
How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? There are always risks, so it is important to wear the right gear and really learn a trick well before moving on to the next one. Also, when you are tired, stop riding so you don’t get bad habits.
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. I have seen a lot of bad crashes. My worse crash was when I was jumping and I flipped backwards and landed on my head. Ouch!
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? For me, it’s that feeling you get when you finally do a new trick that you work hard at. Nothing compares to it.
Do you own any other toys? Besides my wakeboard which is my main sport, I have a skateboard, snowboard, indo board, trampoline and a wakeboard on a lazy Susan to help practice spins.
What gets you pumped up for the day? My older sister pumps me up, sometimes too pumped up!
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My parents, my “wake family” and Rob Dolton “The Fishing Lawyer” who is my neighbor and was my 1st sponsor.
Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? My older sister because she makes it look so easy and my friend Molly because her riding style is really aggressive. People say I ride a lot like Molly, she is who gave me the nickname Meatball.
What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? When I am not riding, I do off season training which includes gymnastics, tumbling, and jumping/flipping on my trampoline. My dad has us do push up’s and sit up’s every night before bed and set up an entire gym in the garage.
What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? To keep getting better and do perfect surface spins on the water.
What competitions and other awards have you won? 2nd place 2 years in a row at the INT Western Regionals in the mini outlaw division. 1st place in both Oregon and Washington State for the 2015 season. 1st place in Washington State for the 2014 season. In 2016 I won 1st place in Oregon and Washington State INT mini outlaw and 1st place at the Western Regionals. I'll be bumping to Jr Entro in Summer 2017.
What’s your favorite “way” to ride? I like to ride behind my boat and freeride on the mountain.
Favorite conditions? Smooth water!
Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? I would love to snowboard in Utah or Colorado where my dad grew up skiing, plus I could meet the SheShred crew in Utah!
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Probably a week living on a houseboat and wakeboarding at West Coast Camp then driving to Lodi for Girls Ride the Wake and then riding cable with all the girls on the last day.
If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? I can’t image not doing extreme sports. I would be very sad and probably bored.
How would you describe your riding style? People say I ride angry, but I am really having a lot of fun! On a snowboard I just like to go fast.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A Pro Wakeboarder