Your Age: 37 years
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): I live near Cambridge, UK. I wakeboard at Box End Park in Bedford and Hannam's Wake Hub in Ely. I mainly ski in Europe
Weapon(s) of choice: Wakeboard, snow skis, longboard, still camera & phone camera.
What’s an average day for you like? Average day is taking my two boys to school in the morning, followed by walking my dachshund Noko. Then I'll check e-mails, do some work - I make my own jewelry, so either I'll be making the jewels, exploring ideas for designs or promoting my company, Noko Designs. I try to exercise during the week - spinning, kettlebells, swimming and tennis are my go to. Then it's time to pick the boys up from school and then it's all about feeding the family! The weekends are when we get to play in the skate parks or go wakeboarding.
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? For any beginner it is the fear! The fear of falling, the fear of doing something new, the fear of hurting yourself...
I think wakeboarding is much easier to learn nowadays compared to when I started over 20yrs ago. Now you can hold onto a pole coming out the side of a boat, you can hear your coach and it is taken much more gently. Or if you are learning to cable ride there are System 2.0's available, where you can control the speed and not get dunked too hard.
When I started you went from being pulled out of the water behind a boat straight away and you had to work it out yourself!!!
My two boys started wakeboarding this year. We tried boat first and then when they felt a little more comfortable they tried a System 2.0 cable. They loved the cable and found it much more easier. The confidence in both of them after 15mins on the cable was huge. They both said they found the boat a little frightening and it's cable all the way now!
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? Expectations.
Extreme sports is still a male predominant sport so to be a female you need to show strength.
Its good to have the femanine touch. We can make sports look much more stylish!
I'm not doing so many tricks anymore because of my age and having children. I don't want the injuries. I feel people look at me and think I'm not pushing myself, I'm not learning, I can't do something...when I know I can but I've chosen not to, does that make sense? They are probably not looking at me at all, but you can't help but feel they are when you go round and round the cable! I take things easier now, just want to go out and enjoy myself.
What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? I've got plenty of female skier friends but I haven't got any female friends who wakeboard. I'm not sure what changes would now make them learn?
There wasn't really the opportunity to learn when I grew up, wakeboarding is a young sport still. I was lucky, I had a male friend who was into all the new water sports and came on holiday once with a skurf board and my love grew from there...it also attracted my husband!!
What I've love is that at Box End Park (wakeboard park in Bedford) they offer 'Ladies Mornings' on a Sunday morning once a month from May - September. I love these mornings, just being us females, everybody learning something and having a go. I try to persuade friends to come and give it a shot but no one does! I always go on my own, but that doesn't worry me. It would be great if they held more of these opportunities.
I feel skateboarding is still seen as a male sport. Round here I see no girls on the skate park, only sitting watching the boys. On Instagram I see loads of girls skating, so why aren't they doing it round here?
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? As my byline on my jewelry - with a hint of boho.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? For sports wear I'm a right mix (I've bought most of my exercise gear from TK MAXX as it's cheaper!), for wakeboarding I wear a Mystic Helmet and I am after a Mystic Impact Jacket. My wakeboard and bindings are Liquid Force. My longboard is DStreet.
I'm not designer lead. It's got to be the right fit really and be a design that I like.
I like all 'surf' designers, but I'm also partial to 50's dressing, wide leg trousers, nipped in waists and I love 70's bell bottoms!!
Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? If looking good makes you feel good then go for it. Everyone is different. You need to do what is best for you, it may not be the same as somebody else.
As long as I get to exercise I'm happy!
How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? If you are going to do tricks in any extreme sport you will end up hurting yourself! Regular activities do not involve, going upside down, throwing a bike in the air, being strapped into a something on your feet.