Megan Vance is 21 years of age and comes to us from Upland, CA. Whether she’s going to school at ASU or working at Wakeboard Island in Parker, Arizona. “There are a lot of girls from out of town want to try because their brothers are trying it,” she says, “but they’re a little bit shy so I encourage them as much as I can, because I think women are just as good as men.” Getting on a wakeboard is a pretty big step outside the comfort zone for most girls, but it’s a necessary step to take in order to succeed. She got on her first wakeboard in the eighth grade, and it’s taught her a lot about how to take on life.
Getting over the fear of trying new tricks is one of the hardest parts about being a wakeboarder, but Megan made a name for herself in the BabeShredder competition on May 3rd in Parker where she landed a lot of her first tricks. Since then she’s been shredding the water with her friends and teammates, learning new tricks, and jamming to reggae music. The wakeboard community is filled with people who love to give advice and inspiration. “I encourage girls to try new things and keep pushing themselves,” she says, “Just get out there and ride, even if you’re nervous about it. Because you never know, you could be really good at it. You just have to try.”
By Bayley Ehlinger