Wakeboarding Magazine's Jennifer Ross interviewed Team Malibu Pro Rider Dallas Friday after her Wake Games victory. Here's a little bit of that article. Go to Wakeboarding Magazine Online to read the full interview.
Dallas Friday is back. After disappointing seasons in 2007 and 2008, the most decorated female wakeboarder ever was back atop the Pro Women's podium at the Air Nautique Wake Games. The win was Friday's first since the 2007 Tigé Pro-Am Wakeboard Championships, and she says she has finally fully recovered from the broken femur she suffered in Singapore during the final World Cup event of 2006. We talked to Friday about her return to her winning ways, the chase for the 2009 Queen of Wake and finally being healthy again.
How does it feel to be back on top? It's awesome to start the year off with a win. It was just motivating, and it just kind of sets the pace for the rest of the year. I've actually worked really hard, and it's a little frustrating sometimes, you know, riding so much and sets not always going as good as planned, but it's all worth it in the end. It pays off.
How do you think you were able to beat the rest of the girls? Honestly, it was really tight in the finals, the competition. I saw it like six different ways. There were actually other people I thought were entitled to first, second and third, too. But of course, I'm happy to be on top. The other girls were good for the conditions, and I just can't wait to compete with them the rest of the season. Hopefully, it stays competitive.
You broke your leg back in 2006 right? I broke it in October 2006.
Do you feel like the reason you were able to come back this season was because you've finally recovered from that injury? Yeah, that's the first part of it. But not just recovered from the injury, but to feel even stronger than I was before I broke my leg is just awesome and motivating for me. It's changed my mindset on being a professional athlete and really taking care of my body. I just got done with physical therapy, almost three years of it, and it was definitely a life-changing experience. I'm better because of it. It's made me a better rider and has me stretching and just taking care of my body better. I'm not taking things for granted.
Go to Wakeboarding Magazine Online to read the full interview.
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