MELISSA MARQUARDT Day In The Life
MELISSA MARQUARDT Day In The Life
MELISSA MARQUARDT Day In The Life: Ever wonder what Melissa Marquardt does on a day to day basis? Well wonder no more as she takes you through a day in her life.
MELLISSA’S PROFILE – Check out her website: “Here”
Melissa Marquardt has been wakeboarding at a high level for over ten years and is widely regarded as the most stylish women’s rider. Residing in Canyon Lake, California, Melissa also travels the world and has become one of the sport’s top ambassadors. That’s why she’s currently in Germany, spreading the universal language of Awesome with a few of her sponsors.
Music: “My Blushing Grape” by : Bastard Lovechild of Rock and Roll
“Free Salute” by Little Barrie
“Fake Tales Of San Francisco” by Arctic Monkeys
Produced by: Collin Harrington
Hometown Canyon Lake, CA
Ht/Wt 5’4”/ 115
Sponsors Liquid Force, Monster Energy, Spy, Cobian, Freestyle, Skullcandy, Osiris
Hiiiidey ho! I’m Melissa Marquardt, welcome to my website. I grew up in Canyon Lake, California with my family where I was fortunate enough to live on a lake where we grew up boating and skiing. When I was twelve my brothers and I discovered wakeboarding. My brothers and their friends would take me wakeboarding everyday after school and in the summer. We loved hanging out on the boat, swimming, and wakeboarding. Since then, wakeboarding has opened up so many opportunities I never would have imagined.
When I was thirteen, thanks to my good friend Darrin Medley, Liquid Force gave me my first board. Tony Finn, Don Wallace, and Jimmy Redmond put me on the Liquid Force team and have been very supportive and loyal since day one. I began competing in the Canyon Lake contests and many other local contests. I met many of my good friends and mentors when I first started wakeboarding that have influenced my riding and lifestyle in a very positive direction. I grew up riding under the wings of my family, Randall Harris and Family, Ricky Gonzales, Ryan Augustine, Darrin Medley, Damian Klass, Ricky Ephrom, Aaron Grace, Jeff Barton, Billy Mcaffry, Keith Kipp, Chris Sayer, Cory Marrotta, and Sean Seagren. Watching these riders has motivated and influenced my riding in many ways.
I entered my first pro contest when I was fifteen. I won my first Pro contest the same year in Oahu, Hawaii. I never thought I would be a professional wakeboarder, but I knew I loved wakeboarding and the people involved in it. Being involved in the industry and placing well in contests motivated me to progress my riding and help grow women’s wakeboarding as much as possible. Living in Southern California, we are lucky enough to enjoy being on the water in the summertime and in the winter we spend our free time snowboarding and skateboarding. I also spend my winters practicing, working out, going to boat shows, and traveling.
The last five years I have been spoiled with having the opportunity to spend some time in Australia. I love Australia; it is one of my favorite places in the world. I usually spend my time there with Amber Wing and the rest of the Aussie posse. We compete in the Australian Pro tour and travel around the country getting a second summer in Aus while it’s winter at home. My sponsors have given me so many opportunities to travel to places I never imagined I would have the chance to go to. I work very closely with my sponsors sharing ideas and making sure the product is innovative and on point. Liquid Force does a great job listening to their team riders and wants to hear our opinion about everything. I have helped design many products including my pro model board, boots, life vest, clothing and as well as other products for my other sponsors. My goal along with the rest of the pro female wakeboarders is to keep pushing our riding to the next level, get as many people on a wakeboard as possible, and grow our sport in a positive direction. I hope everyone who has been wakeboarding before, loves it as much as I do. Thanks for visiting my site, I will have current news updates, photos and videos of me and other riders in our adventures and travels. Enjoy and get out there and shred!