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Cathy Williams

Cathy Williams

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Cathy has been a solid member of the IWWF Wakeboard Community and has developed the sport to where it is today. 1994 would start the first glimpse into the Watersport World for Cathy, working at Performance Ski & Surf. In 1998, a little late into the game at 27 years old, she started competing on the European Pro Tour, living, training, and ‘not working’ at Waterski Club Ravenna in Cervia Italy with the support and guidance of Thomas Gustafson. Catherine made the very difficult decision in 2000 to compete in the very first IWWF (then IWSF events) World Wakeboard Event. This was at a time when there was another commercial organisation promoting wakeboarding under its own banner and its own ‘World’ Championships. She faced much scrutiny and heavy criticism from the wakeboard community in the USA, including the industry, however, she endured the test of times and paved the way for professional wakeboarders to compete in IWWF events. Not to mention, she was IWWF World Open Women’s Champion in 2001 in South Africa. The next 10 years would take Cathy around the world competing on many world stages; before midway through her career, she was sidelined with a Torn ACL. Determined not to be landlocked, she created the first woman owned and operated Wakeboard Clinic Road Tour, Live2Ride Wakeboard Lifestyle. Cathy was the first woman to have her own Wakeboard Road Tour. She drove her sponsored Chevy Avalanche towing her 24ft Tige Boat with all the toys, wakeboards, surfboards, snowboards, dirt bikes and mountain bikes. She negotiated sponsor deals, managed the road tour and scheduled and facilitated clinics. Basically, a one woman show driving all over the USA and Canada sharing her passion for wakeboarding. Cathy continued to focus more on promoting the sport. She enjoyed being involved growing the grass roots all the way to the World stage by hosting clinics, writing articles for magazines, and filming for shows. Today Cathy continues to teach Wakeboarding, drive, and is the current President of USA Wakeboard. She also sits on the board of USA Water Ski & Wakes Sports and on the IWWF World Wakeboard council (WWC).

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