WW: Let’s start with some stats…name, age and where do you reside?
RD: My name is Rebecca. I am 24 and now living in Cedar, Minnesota (north of the Twin Cities). I have been in Minnesota all my life.
WW: How many years have you been wakeboarding for?
RD: This is my third summer boarding. For the last three summers I’ve been typically one of the first boarders on the water (usually in the last week of March) and one of the last boarders off the water (right before the lake freezes over)!
WW: Who introduced you to the sport of wakeboarding?
RD: Jay Fogelson (ironj32) introduced me to the sport. He taught me how to drive a boat and wakeboard for the first time in the same day and definitely didn’t take it easy on me! There was roughly 4000 pounds in the boat and he had put a piece of electrical tape on the tachometer for me to keep the speed at. I gotta say, it’s incredibly hard to watch the rider, the speed, the wake and all the other boaters at the same time when you’ve never done it before. LOL. I had never seen a wakeboard boat and had never even heard of wakeboarding, so I’m sure the other boaters on the water were furious watching me drive for the first time!
WW: Where do you usually ride at?
RD: I ride whereever it is calmest and am willing to drive as far as it takes to get me the most calm water. Usually, I go somewhere in the west metro on Medicine Lake, Long Lake or Fish Lake. Last year I rode in NE suburbs.
WW: Is there a bit of a wakeboard scene going on there?
RD: On Lake Owasso there was always a couple people wakeboarding. So far this year I’ve only seen one other wakeboard boat on the water, but usually by June there are always others riding on the lake! In the middle of the summer all the lakes are filled with people and the only time to get good water for boarding is to go at 8:00 in the morning or on the days it is supposed to storm or be cold!
WW: Do you ride with a set crew of people or do you mix it up a little?
RD: I always ride with Jay and his crew. Everyone that I know in the sport had been introduced to me by Jay, but I would be down to ride with anyone that invited me. This year and last year it’s mainly been just Jay and Colin Ryan, and sometimes Ryan Taylor.
WW: What kind of boat do you usually ride behind?
RD: 2000 X Star. I don’t have much experience with other wakes, but I love the X Stars’ (205V hull) wake. For me, since I’m not as advanced as the other riders, I fill the rear sacs, bow triangle and the center sac, so just under 3000 pounds. However, with the more advanced riders there’s over 4000 pounds of water added! LOL. I probably do not even need any weight in the boat, but I love a really poppy wake to boot me in the air.
WW: How about your wakeboard set up (board and bindings)?
RD: I ride the 2007 137 O’Brien Skyla with the Liquid Force Melissa bindings. I love the setup.
WW: What do you enjoy most about wakeboarding?
RD: I love EVERYTHING about it. I love being in the sun, being out on the water and having that adrenaline rush every time I board. I love that wakeboarding is such a challenge. There is always someone taking the sport to another level and it’s so much fun watching someone have so much passion for the sport. The thing I like most? Probably knowing that there is always room for me to improve and get better and being able to progress a little bit with each set whether it be just holding my grabs longer, getting better air off the wake or just landing a 180.
WW: What do you like to do when you’re not wakeboarding?
RD: Any sports! I love softball, volleyball, running or just hanging out with friends. I love trying new things and keeping my life exciting! The majority of my time that does not go to wakeboarding goes to homework for the nursing program that I’m so close to being done with and to my baby girl, Ally (my American Bulldog). She’s 55 pounds already and only six months and she is a handful!
WW: Do you have WakeWorld.com set as your home page?
RD: Haha. Wakeworld is a shortcut on the top of my homepage. I visit WakeWorld at least once a day.
WW: Are there any tricks that you are working on or want to work on?
RD: Like I said before, I’m still not that advanced, but I am working on 180’s and being more consistent on my toesides. I’m not sure if this is a realistic goal or not, but by the end of 2010 I want to be able to say I have attempted a 360 and a tantrum.
WW: What would your ideal day be like?
RD: Oh, maybe getting out on the lake early, just relaxing, having no other boats driving around to ruin the butter, no wind, having some close friends and Ally out on the boat. Shred for a few hours and then chill again. LOL! I just like my days laid back, but still full of good memories.
WW: Pro wakeboarders…who would be your top three and why?
RD: Ah, I’m going to get teased for saying this…Aaron Rathy would have to be my number one because he’s such a rockstar on the water and he's pretty good looking! Amber Wing because she is fun to watch ride and seems down to earth and Shaun Murray because he can rip it up on water and his videos make me laugh! All three seem like they’d be a blast to hang out with!
WW: Are there any spots that you are hoping to one day ride at?
RD: I would love to go all over the world and wakeboard! Australia or New Zealand would definitely be places I'd like to wakeboard at. I have never ridden at a cable park either and would love to go.
WW: Any words of advice to those that are starting out?
RD: Keep at it! I was so frustrated for the first six months because I was having such a hard time clearing the wake. Now, even though I’m still not that advanced, I feel so comfortable riding and am slowly progressing. Wakeboarding gets more and more addicting every time I go out. It's definitely one of the best workouts I've ever had and there's no better feeling than having a good set on the water! I hope I have many, many years of riding ahead of me!
WW: Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
RD: Nope! Just kidding. Actually, I'd love to thank all of you that help me progress: Jay, Colin and Ryan! You guys are all so much fun and I couldn't ask for a better crew to be around! Special thanks to Jay for towing me ALL the time!