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One last celebration of motherhood to finish off all of the lovely stories we got from our ambassadors. We hope everyone had an amazing Mother's Day and found some time to spend with loved ones!
When I finally found the one thing that can make the darkest day better, (wakeboarding) my mom was hesitant at first; she used to close her eyes when I would try new tricks. She really didn't love how much I loved wakeboarding. After one of my surgeries I had a hard time finding myself, I didn't know who I was anymore and was terrified that the one thing that had always been a constant in my life (wakeboarding) would be taken from me. I was terrified to ride because I didn't know if I would be able to. We went out 6 weeks after my surgery and as I geared up I could see the fear on my Mom's face; but, before I jumped in my mom told me, "You've got this girly" and I knew she really believed in me. She has been there supporting me from the beginning; even though I give her a run for her money most of the time... she continues to support, encourage and motivate me because; she knows how badly I want my dreams to be my life. I love you Mama Bear; and I can never thank you enough for all that you have done!
- Cate Siniscalchi
I started riding cable after I moved away from home. My mom didn't understand what cable wakeboarding was so I took a picture of the cable park and sent it to her. She texted me back and said "You don't hit those white things, right?!" I laughed and told her of course I did :) A year later we took a family vacation to Miami and on a whim hit up Miami Watersports complex where my family got to watch me ride for the first time, I was stoked. At this point I was throwing spins and inverts. My mom was in complete disbelief that I could do that but also so pumped for me. She got out her phone and started filming every feature I hit so she could share it with friends and family. She absolutely loved being there and watching me! This past January I had planned a trip to Australia to hit up all the cable parks there. My mom surprised me and booked the same flights so she could come and watch (she doesn't wakeboard herself but is the best videographer- one of the videos she took even got featured on SheShredsCo instagram!) Having her in Australia with me for a month was such an incredible experience since I don't get to see her much. Without her I wouldn't be pushed to be the athlete and wakeboarder that I am today. I am so blessed to have such a loving and supportive mom in my life!!
- Jennifer Baker
My mom has been always there for me she inspires me and supports me at every moment no matter what. She gives me the capacity to believe in myself and to belive that I can do it. She has teached me all the values I know and has inspired me to dream big. She has been the role model everybody wants. She made me the person I am today. Every sunrise and sunset she is there to make my day a better day. My mom is the reason I am not afraid to try or to make.
- Cristy Castellanos
My mom is my inspiration to get up every day (mostly because she is pushing me out of the bed😜) and because she is such a beautiful and awesome woman inside in out! She inspires me to go after my dreams everyday! She loves me even though the worst days, and she is patient through my frustrations. I am so happy to have this gorgeous lady in my life and I am privileged to call this crazy, outstanding woman my mom.
- Jordan Wolfe
I look up to my mom every day because she has so much more patience than me, and no matter what situation she is thrown into, she makes it work. Despite her busy work schedule she has made time to spend at least 2 days a week snow skiing locally with me (and the rest of my family) and at least a full 10 days out in Colorado. She also finds time to take the boat out and drive it for me and my dad to waterski 4 or 5 times a week during the summer. Not only that but she puts up with all of the camping, fishing, and all of the other grimy outdoors things that I love to do. I couldn't imagine my life without her, and I for sure would not have the drive and persistence that I have today, if it weren't for having her as a role model.
Also shoutout to my mom for being way better at yoga that I ever have been
- Abbey Janes
My mom is 100% the reason I am where I am today. She has given up so much of her life to help me succeed. My mother is always striving for the best for me and of me. She is there for me to wipe my tears but she's also there to give me a swift kick in the butt when I need it. Although some days i hate her for it she is my biggest motivator to keep me going. My mom is always helping me with lessons, clinics and buying new equipment. On top of that she even pays my entry fees! But it's not just money she has invested in me. She has invested her time and energy into my sport and my associations that she doesn't even compete in. Without my mom I would not be where I am today and I am so thankful for her!
- Lainy Procter
In 2009 my father passed away from an asthma attack that led to cardiac arrest, leaving my mother behind millions in debt, medical bills, and lawsuits from his work. I was still a junior in high school at the time, and my mom somehow managed to file bankruptcy, juggle 3 insanely low paying jobs and still manage to pay for me to go to ballet classes every day, pay for my gas and car problems, my graduation gowns, and support all of my college a couple years later.
My mom currently retired from over 30 years of teaching elementary and middle school, she hasn't been financially fit for years yet she still manages to throw me 20$ for a lift ticket, or gas to get up the mountain. She has been fulfilling herself by making oil blends and creams for athletes, but can't ever get her feet off the ground and STILL this woman does it all with a huge smile on her face.
I never knew how strong one woman could be, until I looked into the eyes of the woman who made me and saw nothing but undying support and love. She might worry every time I'm gone on a trip, she might give me "I told you sos" when things go wrong, but this woman deserves the world no matter what.
Anytime something goes wrong, anytime I get into my own head, anytime I say to myself "there's NO way" I think back to the woman who pulled herself out of bankruptcy, I think of the woman who lost the only true love of her life but still has SO much love to give. I think of how excited she gets when she sees me hit a tiny kicker, I think of how she always lets me strap her into a board and she tries even though she hates it.
If she can do it, then so can I.
- Shay Talley-Bailey
My mom, Ann, is the most kind-hearted, strongest person I know. A few years ago, my mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Throughout the complications, fears, travel, surgeries, and chemotherapy, she did her best to keep on a happy face and to stay positive. Once she felt she had enough strength back, my mom began exercising and riding her bike, as if nothing in the past mattered. She is now finished with treatment and is cancer free. ❤
While my mom was not big into my snowboarding career growing up, since she had gotten hurt skiing when I was young, she has been supporting my lifestyle and choices now more than ever since moving to Colorado. While I miss her each and every day, she is always telling me that she's proud of me for living my dream and showing me off to her friends by reposting or commenting on my social media posts. She is truly an amazing woman who I love so much. I wouldn't be the person I am today without her in my life and I am so thankful to have her as a mother.
Happy Mother's Day, Mom! I love you!
- Maria Brunori
Growing up action sports was always a family thing. If one learned to skate, we all did, etc. My family wake boards together, snowboards together, and so much more. My mom has always shown me not to be intimidated being a girl out there doing what I love. She has also supported me in moving from resort to resort, and been my biggest fan along the way. My mom is such a strong, caring women and inspires me everyday to be better at not just the sports I love, but in everything I do.
- Amanda Banks
My mom is my best friend. She is the one who taught me to never ever give up on something you love. She bought my first snowboard setup for my birthday. She understands my love for snowboarding like no one else could, she helps me on what I need to work on and she gives me little pointers about snowboarding related things she has no idea about. She let me try USASA in 2015 and she ending up paying for my first full year in USASA (2016). She drove me hours away to compete, she sat at the resort all day and hiked the hill to watch me compete, we packed up and went home. That was an every weekend thing for two months. Set aside from the USASA, she drove me 2-4 times a week 20 mins away to my home resort (Brandywine, BMBW). I got invited to the 2016 USASA Nationals out in Copper Mountain, Colorado. We all knew I wasn't going. I came home from track and she said she bought me plane ticket to Nationals. I never believed I would be going to Nationals my 3rd year snowboarding and my 1st year competing. All the credit goes to my mom, she is the one who got me here today. After nationals, she ending up buying me a season pass for the 2016/2017 season. Fast forward to the 2017 season, Louie Vito (Professional half pipe rider) throws a charity rail jam every year at this home mountain, Mad River Mountain. I wanted to go to this for years but it's 3 hours away, my mom took me. I ending up placing 1st in my division, I couldn't be happier, this one is to you mom. She continued to drive me to Brandywine, BMBW a lot more than last year. Once again, she signed me up for USASA for the 2017 season, and I also helped by throwing in some money I've saved over the months. Once again, she drove me to the competitions and did it all over again. I got invited to the 2017 USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain, Colorado but this time we turned the invitation down, we didn't have the money. It was upsetting for all of us and especially for my mom because she wants to see her daughter go far in the snowboarding industry. My mom has been there every step of the way and I couldn't thank her enough. She made me the girl am I today. Props mom! I can't wait for the future to see where it takes us! My mom is the reason I'm so far into the action sports world. Thanks, I love you.
- Erin Eblen
My Mom & I are best friends. I promise her I will never move out of the house (she asks me to put that in writing). I'm sharing a picture of Mom & I in out SheShreds gear during a morning set. My Mom is the best because she doesn't make me take dance or compete in pageants. Mom lets me be me. Sometimes she rolls her eyes when she spots Nike pros under a special occasion dress, but she still loves me. Happy Mother's Day to all the rad Moms. Thank you for letting us be "us".
- Sophie Geohagen
And a big shout out to all of our ambassadors who are Moms themselves!! Here's some adorableness from Ambassador Marnie Millington's son Ben!