Phrases: Bettina Menzel
The primary time I met Madison was in a bit of bus within the Philippines that was going from the junction of the 7-Eleven near the cable park CWC to Naga Metropolis. A gaggle of greater than 20 wakeboarders have been on their strategy to get meals on the town and perhaps a number of beers after that. With 18 individuals sitting on prime of the bus, for journey´s and adrenalines´ sake, that solely left two guys from England, a few locals, me and plenty of empty area. All of us weren’t positive whether or not the bus goes to tilt sooner or later because of the unequal weight. In the long run, we figured that so long as the driving force doesn´t appear scared, we ought to be nice.
I had simply arrived and because it was my first time within the Philippines, Madison gave me recommendations on what to go to across the park. At this level, I had no concept who she was. To me, she was only a pleasant, open and humorous woman from England. She might solely be 19 years previous, however appears extra mature. Judging from her tales and her assured angle, I reckoned she has already seen the world at this younger age.
I discovered that the quirky woman from England grew up in a household of wakeboarders. When Madison first tried wakeboarding, it was behind a ship and she or he was 14 years previous. A yr later, she came upon that there was a cable park ten minutes away from her home. “It took me round two months to get off the dock and my dad discovered it quicker than me – that was annoying” Madison laughs. As soon as she was up and going, she began to study shortly and did 360s and tantrums in her first yr, scoring her a bit of sponsorship from an area store. At present, she is collaborating in competitions everywhere in the world like Plastic Playground.
Bettina: You devoted your life to wakeboarding. When did you make this choice?
Madison: After my first yr wakeboarding, I received a bit sponsorship from a store they usually pushed me and motivated me to hold on with wakeboarding. Ranging from there, I took it just a little bit extra critically. I went to the Philippines after I left faculty at 17 and I got here to CWC. It was alleged to be just a bit vacation, however I truly began to study loads of new tips. I made an edit referred to as “When the Solar Goes Down” and was pleased to see how nicely it did. After that, I began doing competitions, like Plastic Playground and I´ve additionally competed within the World Championships final yr.
Bettina: What has been your greatest end result thus far?
Madison: Sadly, I crashed within the World Championships final yr, however I participated in three stops of Plastic Playground. Within the final one, I simply acquired to the quarterfinals. I obtained knocked out in a face to face. Within the different stops, I made it to the semis, which made me understand that I’m ok to hold on with this. I like competing however I choose to make edits, movies and posts on Instagram. Don’t get me fallacious, I take pleasure in competing, I simply take pleasure in free driving with my buddies extra.
Bettina: Why are you not a fan of competing?
Madison: It takes the enjoyable out for me. I’m going wakeboarding as a result of I sincerely take pleasure in it. It’s all enjoyable and no strain. In terms of a contest, you actually need to get this one lap as clear as something and it actually builds up the strain. That takes out the enjoyment for me. I nonetheless attempt to do as many competitions as I can, however not too many to get stressed. I’m slowly studying to not let the strain get to me.
Bettina: What´s your trick to deal with the strain?
Madison: My trick is to say: “Oh I’m simply going out for a lap with nobody else round, simply to have some enjoyable.” It does work for me however I’ve to be in the proper mind set to try this. Nonetheless, in case you crash, it’s upsetting! No one likes to fall.
Bettina: Do you practice in a selected means for competitions?
Madison: I don´t actually just like the phrase “coaching” truthfully as a result of it sounds too critical. To be trustworthy, I study extra when I’m driving with different individuals than something. I can study a lot from my buddies they usually encourage me to attempt various things. That´s why I choose to say I’m simply driving. Lots of people are asking me: “What are you coaching for?” I’m not! I’m simply having a great time proper now. I take it critically in fact, however not too critically, as a result of whenever you do, it knocks the enjoyable out of issues. It´s like being in class and it turns into hectic. I do know that lots of people are having lists on what they love to do however that’s simply not me. I simply consider stuff after which I’m going for a journey and if I really feel like making an attempt it, I do it. I attempt to not put any undesirable strain on myself.
Bettina: Why do you assume there aren’t extra women which might be into driving?
Madison: Once I began wakeboarding, I additionally thought that the boys might be very intimidating. You’re on the dock and there are all these guys throwing double flips and doing these large presses on rails and also you’re like: “I simply need to get off the dock with out feeling anxious…” I completely perceive! I´ve been there as nicely! Women typically don´t give it an opportunity as a result of they get too nervous about it however as quickly as you’re off the dock, it’s a lot enjoyable and also you overlook about all of the individuals watching.
Bettina: What are your objectives?
Madison: My objective is to turn into a world skilled rider. I need to make a dwelling out of wakeboarding, as a result of I adore it a lot and I feel I’ve the potential to make it. I actually need to wakeboard so long as attainable. It’s straightforward to surrender wakeboarding after some time, however I’ll keep it up, as a result of that is one thing I need to do for the remainder of my life.
Bettina: Is it exhausting to grow to be knowledgeable?
Madison: It is! Particularly as the usual is getting larger and better. On the one hand, it’s superb to see that the woman´s degree is enhancing on a regular basis however then again, it makes it actually troublesome. In regards to the psychological aspect of it, you do begin to examine your self to different women and typically assume you’re not ok. Simply because somebody may beat you in a contest, doesn’t imply you suck! It simply means they could have a unique fashion or they’ve completed a greater run than you. It’s undoubtedly onerous to develop into a professional. I feel as soon as you set your identify on the market, all you are able to do is to have a superb angle, good pals and good vibes and hopefully you´ll get observed. No less than that´s what I hope. That´s my dream.
Bettina: Have been you scared if you went in your first solo journey to CWC?
Madison: Once I was youthful, I suffered actually badly from nervousness. I´d get very nervous about even going to the store alone. So touring alone was an enormous deal! I went with a number of pals, however being away from my mother and father was scary. After I had achieved that journey, I discovered confidence and my nervousness disappeared with touring. This yr I traveled to the Philippines, Bali, Turkey and so many various locations all on my own. Contemplating that two years in the past I couldn’t even stroll into a store alone, touring has taught me a lot. Wakeboarding has helped me study classes I might have by no means discovered another approach.
Bettina: Do you ever really feel lonely if you end up touring so lengthy by yourself?
Madison: I’m right here with out my household, so I do really feel lonely however thank God for FaceTime! If it weren’t for that, I might not have the ability to do it for therefore lengthy. I actually name my mother and father each night time, I inform them how my day went they usually inform me about theirs. I’m right here in CWC for a month, then I’m heading over to Australia for a few weeks over Christmas and are available again to the Philippines after that. Regardless that I miss my household, I don’t have a date on when to return. I’m simply going with the movement, which is an effective approach to reside.
Bettina: Do your mother and father help you numerous?
Madison: Sure, they’re so supportive! My entire household wakeboards, my little sister rides too! She is 15 and I simply taught her her first 360! My mum simply discovered a 180 and she or he is claiming it arduous. It is rather cool that my entire household does it. In the event that they didn´t then they wouldn´t perceive. My dad could be very supportive and I’m actually fortunate to have a household like that.
Bettina: Did they push you in any means on this path? Did they inform you that you must grow to be knowledgeable wakeboarder?
Madison: Nicely, you see loads of pushy mother and father. It’s good that my mother and father will not be like that and they don’t seem to be pressuring me into studying new tips. They completely perceive that typically tips are exhausting, typically they harm, however they all the time give me motivation. There isn’t any strain, they only need to see me pleased.
Bettina: What are your fears?
Madison: Yeah, I’m a little bit of a wimp on the subject of crashing. I had a very dangerous crash in Australia. I transferred, got here up brief, smacked my hip and thought I had damaged it. It was black and blue and I couldn’t go to work for a couple of days and needed to keep in mattress. Transfers typically not my favourite factor to do and now I’m somewhat bit cautious of it. That´s the factor with wakeboarding although, you possibly can´t take it straightforward. Wakeboarding is a troublesome sport. You’re going to take slams it doesn’t matter what. This simply comes with the game, it´s a part of the sport. In fact I nonetheless do transfers now, however I’m extra cautious about them and that´s not essentially a nasty factor. If I’m going out for a experience and I don´t really feel too energetic or assured, I don´t do it. In case you are going half-hearted or don´t actually really feel like doing one thing, that´s when accidents occur. Too dangerous I discovered that out the arduous means!
Bettina: Who evokes you numerous?
Madison: Anna Nikstad is certainly one of my favourite woman riders. She is the bravest and hardest feminine wakeboarder I’ve ever met. Her fashion and her tips are superb; she simply ticks all of the bins of an excellent feminine wakeboarder. She has the fitting angle and she or he is a stunning individual. With the boys, Wesley Jacobsen and Quinn Silvernale of Valdosta encourage me lots. I’ve by no means met them, however I watch them on Instagram they usually give me so many concepts. They actually encourage me to attempt to get trendy. They’re so good to observe!
Bettina: What concerning the Peacock brothers?
Madison: They’re my pals. We’ve a love-hate relationship, they’re like my brothers that I by no means had and they’re so annoying! They actually attempt to push me into studying new tips.
Bettina: Do you could have a favourite trick?
Madison: I’m not a fan of studying new tips on the kicker, as a result of it hurts a lot once you fall and it takes a lot effort. I do take pleasure in kickers however studying new kicker hits takes a while for me. My favourite kicker hit is a change toe again 5. On the rails, I like a superb 270 entrance board with just a little hand plant on the top. It’s simply an superior feeling trick whenever you get it proper. I had some close to dying experiences there, as I typically slip out, however I’ve survived thus far.
Bettina: What´s your homespot?
Madison: I don´t actually have one, however I might say that CWC is my winter spot. Each winter I come right here and spend at the very least two months. My second favourite place is Hipnotics in Turkey.
Bettina: You simply make new buddies and meet lots of people, however is it arduous to maintain buddies if you find yourself touring a lot?
Madison: It is sort of arduous as a result of my pals at house don´t actually perceive. The traditional factor to do whenever you end faculty is to go to school and all my buddies did that. I additionally went for a couple of months however, I used to be doing a sports activities course and it was by some means all about soccer (which I’m not a fan of) so at one level I simply determined to journey to CWC and I by no means went again. All of my associates from house are nonetheless in school they usually simply didn’t get why I dropped out to journey the world. Typically it impacts me and I’m wondering if I ought to have perhaps stayed in school or if I ought to do one thing with my life. Then again, wakeboarding is my life and I can´t complain about it. Although I don’t have many associates at house, I’ve so many pals around the globe from a number of totally different nations.