Grace Will - Wakeboard/Snowboarder - Wisconsin, USA

 

 

 

 Your Age: 
 
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Wakeboard on Lake DuBay and Snowboard at Granite Peak

Weapon(s) of choice: Ronix Vision Wakeboard and a Burton Deja Vu Smalls Snowboard.

What is an average day for you like? Wake up, eat breakfast, get on the boat, strap on my board and ride!

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? The most difficult part of wakeboarding and snowboarding is getting up! Be patient and keep trying, once you get up there will be no stopping you. The easiest part is having fun!

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best thing about being a female wakeboarder and snowboarder is no one really thinks you can ride, so it's always fun to go out there and show them what you can do. The worst thing about being a female wakeboarder and snowboarder is that there are not a lot of other girls who ride.

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 both of these sports grow and have the opportunity to participate in more competitions.

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I would describe my personal style as unique and all my own.

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? SheShreds, Roxy, and Ronix and Burton.

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? Feeling good about yourself is so important; everyone is unique and as long as you are confident in your own skin then you look good! 

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Wakeboarding and snowboarding can be dangerous at times, however you have to know your limits and be aware of your surroundings. It is always important to wear your safety gear as well; helmet, wrist guards and life jacket.

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. In one of my wakeboard competitions I was doing a surface 180, I can do those in my sleep, however this time my board caught and I face planted hard. I wanted to give up, but my parents always say, "if you're not falling, you're not trying," so I got back up, finished my run and successfully completed my surface 180.

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I think people get hooked on wakeboarding and snowboarding because it is fun and there is always more you can do. I love the challenge of learning a new trick, the cool thing about both of the sports, there is always something more you can learn.

What is your favorite trick? My favorite wakeboard trick is a one wake 180 and my favorite snowboarding trick is a 5-0.

Do you own any other toys? Skateboard, four-wheeler, trampoline and my tramp board.

What gets you pumped up for the day? A sunny day, my puppy (Harley) and my Dad's chocolate chip pancakes!


What are three things you could not live without? I could not live without my family, dogs and my wakeboard.

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? I want to see both wakeboarding and snowboarding continue to grow. I love meeting new people, riding and having fun!

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My parents and my brother Ryan.

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? My favorite wakeboarders are Melissa Marquardt and Harley Clifford and my favorite snowboarder is Torstein Horgmo.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? I enjoy spending time playing lots of sports; soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball. I also enjoy being outside, reading, and playing with my dogs. 

How about in the off season to stay in shape? I always try to stay busy...when I am not wakeboarding or snowboarding I participate in a variety of sports or I bike and take my dogs for walks in the woods. I think it is important to eat healthy and exercise everyday.

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? My biggest goal for next wakeboard season is to land my wake to wake 180 and this winter I would like to successfully land a front side board slide off a box.

What do you do to prep for a competition? I always plan my run, think about it, practice it and do it all over again until I feel confident!

What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non sports accomplishments also.
Wakeboarding:
3rd place Fort Fremont, Fremont, WI-June 2016
2nd place Liquid Madness, Tinus Marine, Oconomowac, WI-June 2016
2nd place Wake Fest, Fort Dodge, Iowa-July 2016
2nd place, total points, at Fort Fremont, Fremont, WI-August 2016
Snowboarding:
2nd place Rail Jam, Nordic Mountain, Wild Rose, WI-February 2016

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? My favorite way to wakeboard is behind my Malibu Wakesetter and I love to snowboard in the terrain parks!

Favorite conditions? I love to wakeboard on glass and snowboard on fresh corduroy.

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? I would love to wakeboard at Blue Lake in Florida (I love to watch the Defy video) and I would love to snowboard in Colorado.

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? I like to listen to upbeat music that gets me pumped up, some of my favorites include: Barefoot Blue Jean Night, Welcome to My House, and anything by Brantley Gilbert or Florida Georgia Line.

What turned you on to your sport? My dad! When I was 5 he got me on my first wakeboard and living in Wisconsin we had no other choice but to try snowobarding too... and well the rest is history.

Any new tricks you’re working on? I was working on my wake to wake 180's this fall and hope to land that next spring and I would like to continue working on my front side 180's this snowboard season.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Prove to myself that I can do things no one thought I could and I have really learned to believe in myself. I also think getting other people "hooked" on wakeboarding and snowboarding is so exciting.

What other extreme/action sports are you into? Skateboarding!

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? I would definitely spend more time volunteering at the pet shelter/humane society...I LOVE animals!

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? I recently retired my first wakeboard which was a Liquid Force Star and upgraded to a Ronix Vision. I also just got a new Burton Deja Vu Smalls snowboard!

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? Being patient, listening to your coach/parents, and believing in yourself; nothing worse then doubting yourself at the last second. I always take it slow at first and get a feel from the feature before trying it for the first time!

How would you describe your riding style? Aggressive!

What would you say is your signature trick? I would say my signature wakeboarding trick is my Indy grab and my signature snowboarding trick is my 5-0.


Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Water!

What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional Wakeboarder or a Vet.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to?
Instagram: graceshredswi