Celia Krichman is a young up and coming wakeboarder from Semora, North Carolina. At 15 years of age, her wakeboarding career has just begun, and already she’s taken home some gold. But it’s her dedication to getting women on the wake that makes her a BabeShredder. She teaches at least one girl to ride each day at her home park of Jibtopia. She’s always trying to get girls over the fear of trying harder tricks, so they can keep women’s wakeboarding a thriving sport. “Don’t be afraid to try stuff!” she says, “If you stick with it you will have so much fun!” You can see her compete at Jibtopia Wakepark in Semora N.C. this Saturday. It's a beautiful park to visit any day, and you just might catch her shredding with her wakeboarding dog, Caramel.
By Bayley Ehlinger
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Courtney Kobold is a surprising 22 years young and already has accomplished so much both in wakeskating and her personal career. She’s proud to be a part of the BabeShredder community, she says, “there’s something about being able to represent a company, whose main purpose is to encourage females to get out and try board sports. That makes me feel at home." She learned to ride with a few high school friends in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Her first ride had her hooked, and she continued to ride about twice a week for the rest of the summer. Wakeboarding has taught her to value patients, and she’s been able to carry that lesson into her professional life as well. It’s a tangible example of how picking yourself up and trying again will lead to bigger and better mistakes, and success.
Courtney is currently searching for other women riders in South Carolina, which has turned out to be a bit of a challenge. She hopes to set up a girls ride out on Lake Murray once she’s sat down with Carolina Wake and recruited some BabeShredders. At the same time, she’ll be earning her Masters of Social Work, so she can better help out her community in South Carolina. After graduation she’s hoping to take a year off and do a lot of traveling over seas, stopping at a bunch of wakeboard cable parks along the way. She says, “I want to meet up with other BabeShredders around the world and help at clinics or BabeShredder days at cable parks. I also want to help encourage any and every BabeShredder I meet along my way!”
By Bayley Ehlinger
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Kaley McNay is the perfect role model for those trying to balance a career on land with a passion for riding a wake. As a 28 year-old Regulatory Coordinator, she knows the pain of being in an office when the opportunity to ride arises. She’s representing the BabeShredder lifestyle in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. At an early age she was competing in trick skiing competitions. It was the roots of her life on the water until she discovered wakeboarding. She says, “riding has taught me to always set new goals for myself and push myself outside of my comfort zone.”
Kaley is an empowering coach as well. She volunteers at the Wake the World Event, providing foster children with the chance to enjoy water sports. She says, “once you try it, you will most likely love it, so when you get the opportunity to try wakeboarding make sure you take it.” She encourages everyone she comes in contact with to give wakeboarding a try, and helps coach them whenever she is on the water. If you want to see Kaley shred, she’ll be competing in the Washington INT State Championships on August 23rd and 24th. She plans to battle her way to the podium by throwing her tantrum and other tricks she has been working on throughout the summer.
Hear more about Kaley by visiting her profile here.
By Bayley Ehlinger