Australian Wakeboarder Amber Wing
December Feature- Australian Wakeboarder Amber Wing
|2. Your best results so far? |
4th US Open Dec 2005
2nd at the WWA Worlds 2005
3rd at the US Open 2004
4th Gravity Games
|3 If you had not been a wakeboarder professionally, what other sport would you have taken up? |
I would have liked to be in the circus, like Circ du sole.
|5. Did you enjoy wakeboarding straight away or did it take you a while to realize that this was the sport for you? |
I liked it straight away but at the same time it took me a few months to get really keen and be out on the water at least 4 times a week.
|7. Who encouraged you to take up the sport? |
My friends introduced me and the rest was self motivation, feeding a craving/ love for a sport, if I didn't wakeboard I would get frustrated. My parents helped me alot, they would take me out in the boat whenever I asked them, we would fit it in around their schedule. Most times it would be 6am because they had to be at work at 830am.
|WSR Caught up with Professional Wakeboarder Amber Wing to ask her some questions about her life as one of the Worlds top Wakeboarders. |
Name: Amber Wing
Residence: Groveland , FL
I started wakeboarding in 2000.
|1. When and why did you start to Wakeboard? |
I was a gymnast for 16 years previous to that, I was the Australian Level 10 All-around vault and floor champion. I started wakeboarding when one of my friends took me out in the boat and told me to try it, , I had so much fun that I have not stopped wakeboarding since then.
I rode in 2 amateur competitions at the start of 2001, at the end of 2001 I rode in the Australian X-games, I was placed 5th, I was the highest placed Australian.
|4. When did you take part in your first competition? |
Surfing, Skating, jumping on my trampoline and Putt Putt Golf.
|6. What other sports do you enjoy taking part in? |
|10. Are you pleased with your performance over the past few years to the present date ? |
Yes I am stoked I never really thought I would get to where I am and now I
am here I just want to keep pushing and building the sport to take it past the next level.
|13 Would you like to see more water sports in the Olympic games one day? |
That' s is a really hard question to answer, there are alot of obstacles and politics involved in the Olympics. Our sport is quite a young sport and alot of people do not know or understand what Wakeboarding is. Sure it would be great to have it in the Olympics but i can not really see it ever happening.
|15. Can you give 2 tips to other girls who would like to start Wakeboarding? |
Be patient, you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Don't be intimidated by having guys in the boat they all started the same way, and 99% of the time they didn't get up first try. Have fun!
Yes I am hardly ever home. I have been at Lake Powell the past 7 days with the Liquid Force Team. I am in Florida Keys right now about to compete in the US Open. Then come back over to Orlando for some quality riding for 3 months, and in between that i will have other small trips come up in between.
|8. Do you have to travel around the world a lot to take part in competitions? |
We compete in the same conditions and courses as the men, the money is less and there are about 4 events which women's are not in.
|9. How does the Women's profession differ from the Men's game, ie games played, money etc |
I have had 2 ACL knee reconstructions
|11. Have you ever had any major injuries ? |
Definitely rely on sponsorship and the money earnt from competitions is like a bonus
|12. Can you earn good money or do you have to rely on Sponsorship? |
I have been sky diving. Apart from that I enjoy hitting rails and kickers snow boarding
|14. Have you ever tried any other extreme sports? |