My wakeboard journey has been different than most.
A rider update by BabeShredder, Kaley McNay.
In 2012, I competed in Active Water Sport’s Freerider’s Ball at age 27 and continued competing at local stops throughout 2013 and 2014 in Oregon and Washington. By 2014, at age 29, I was able to purchase a boat with additional support of my dad and brother. This brought my training to a new level and I spent the majority of 2015 free riding and training to compete in 2016.
Now at age 30, I will be competing in the 2016 WWA Women’s Masters Division at the Western Regional stop and hopefully qualifying for Nationals and Worlds later this year.
I stay active in the off-season by snowboarding, weight-lifting, rock climbing and yoga. It's important to maintain my strength year-round so I'm fully prepared when I return to the water. I have incredible support from my sponsors, family, friends and boyfriend and I feel blessed to be living the life I am. For that reason, I am passionate about giving back to the sport.
This June I will be participating in the Wake the World charity event which provides foster children the opportunity to learn how to wakeboard. I participated in this event in previous years and the turn out is incredible. It is one of the most rewarding days I spend on my boat all year.
To donate or connect with Kaley and the Wake the World charity event, contact her here.
"When I started BabeShredder over a year ago, I never thought it would be where it is today. All I had in mind was to establish a foundation and community for females who shred and bring more positive attention to the rad things they were doing. But since then, it has become so much more."
"I'll never forget the uncomfortable feeling I had a few years ago when overhearing someone in line at the cable park talk to his friend about my riding. It was clear that neither of them knew I was close enough to hear. One rider mentioned to the other that I was, "pretty good for a girl."
"I wasn't quite sure what to make of that comment. Were male wakeboarders supposed to be "pretty good for a guy?" It all seemed a little unfair to be automatically subcategorized within the sport I was so invested in. I was a wakeboarder, I didn't think "girl" had anything to do with it."
"Today, BabeShredder stands to support a social movement not only for female board sport athletes, but for each and every girl that has experienced stereotyping and criticism while doing what they love. BabeShredder competitions and activities are meant to be encouraging - for all females to give it their best shot and see what a little courage can bring them."
"Having been involved intensely in the wakeboarding industry for the past four years, I've realized that we still have a long way to go. But, our female force has a confident voice and we are all here to make waves."
Composed by Bayley Ehlinger
Photo by RRP
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