Lacey is a 28-year-old high school teacher living in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She began wakeboarding to feed her shred addiction when the snow stopped falling, but it quickly became the focus of her passion, and the reason for her BabeShredder status. She says, “Being a part of this amazing team from the start means so much to me. Not because they think I ride well enough to be on the team, but because they believe I embody the values of promoting female riders, and encouraging new riders to get on a board for the very first time.” In two weeks Lacy will be heading to South East Queensland to spend a week at Bli Bli Cable Park ‘shredding her face off.’ As many geologically inclined readers know, it’s winter in Australia. This week of shredding is going to keep her in great form for her very first season competing at the start of November.
Lacey also has a passion for photography and often takes photos and videos of new riders to help promote them through social media. Promotion is a key aspect in getting more women riders out there, along with sponsored events like all-female competitions and riding days. “I think this is the turning point for female riding,” she says, “After getting the flick from the pro tour, everyone is coming together to promote females in ALL parts of the sport, from the pro division right down to the beginners, and BabeShredder is a really big part of this.” The wakeboard industry is one big community filled with people who love to offer advice on tricks and see everyone progress together. Most importantly, they always encourage each other to give it another try, and never give up. “If you ever thought about jumping on a board just do it,” Lacey says, “Yes you will fall. Yes sometimes it will hurt, but when you progress there is no better feeling. You fall less. Your confidence grows, and you never regret starting.”
By Bayley Ehlinger