2015-09-12 / The Bullhorn

RCS student enjoys wakeboarding

By Natalie Walters
Bullhorn Report er

RCS sophomore Kate Crews poses with her wakeboard. RCS sophomore Kate Crews poses with her wakeboard. Kate Crews, a Roxboro Community School sophomore, recently continued on her four-year wakeboarding experience.

She started learning at Camp Willow Run, on Lake Gaston, when she was 11.

She hadn’t given the sport much thought before, but her peers at the camp suggested Crews give it a try.

“You have to be very balanced on the water,” Crews said as she described the skills needed to succeed.

Lately, she has been learning with a professional wakeboarder to improve her skills.

Kara Austin has been coaching Crews at her wakeboarding school Shred the Gnar.

“Anytime I get to work with Kara is an awesome time. She knows how to help you with what you’re working on and is always very encouraging,” said Crews. She added that she felt she could learn a lot from Shred the Gnar in just two hours.

Through trial and error, Crews has become the successful wakeboarder she is today.

She admits that she still gets discouraged when she crashes, but feels triumphant whenever she lands a new trick.

She said her best experience was this summer, when she finally landed the “wake to wake” (jumping the entire wake in one move) she had been working on for over a year.

Her worst experience took place last month, when she crashed and wasn’t able to open her eyes for a while because of the hard impact.

“I’ve accomplished a lot this summer. I landed wake to wake, Indy grab, tail grab, four different 180s and an Ollie backside 180,” Crews said.

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