Xana-Kai Nash Pro Flowboarder
Xana-Kai Nash has won four Flowboard World Titles and started her own non-profit organization called Support Young Women in Action Sports, and she is just sixteen years old. Her organization aims to encourage and train upcoming female Flowboarders from around the world.
Xana-Kai’s passion and dedication to the sport have always shown in her competitive performance. Now she is focusing that energy in helping other girls progress their skills. Xana-Kai wants female athletes to know that “hard work is not gender specific” and with the right attitude and determination even they can beat the boys. Through her organization and activism Xana-Kai ultimately hopes to create larger and more competitive Flowboard women’s divisions.
“Let’s face it as in many sports – the guys are amazing – but so are the females!” said Xana-Kai. “My mission has been to be recognized for the accomplishments that I earn as an athlete – but I have to say getting sponsors and backing is far more difficult as a female.”
When Xana-Kai is not on the podium or Flowboard training she tries to play the role of an active high school junior – getting good grades, running from soccer to rifle team, band practice, and socializing with friends. Some days are easier than others and she has found that attending both regular and virtual schools allows for the most flexibility in her schedule to train on her Flowboard.
To Xana-Kai, Flowboarding is a sport “like none other.” Combining Snowboarding, Surfing, and Skateboarding into one, Flowboarding’s popularity has drastically increased in recent years. Xana-Kai claims that there is a sense of “family that has been built around it,” giving Flowboarding a welcoming name for new competitors and first-timers.
Xana-Kai will continue competing on the Flow Tour this season traveling around the country. When asked where she would like to see Flowboarding going next, she said “the X-Games!” With determination and involvement from Xana-Kai, there is no doubt big things are in the future.
By: Ash Hannig