About Maria Nguyen:
- Age: 25
- Where I live: Born in Palacios, TX. Currently residing in Houston, TX.
I am a part-time college student and sales clerk. My goals are to finish school and enjoy life to the fullest.
How did you get into wakeboarding?
I got into wakeboarding by working for a sporting good store. There was a “on the water” clinic that my work was doing. I signed up and now I am addicted. I LOVE IT A LOT! I like it a lot because it is almost similar to snowboarding.
What are your goals with your sport ?
My goals are to do the best that I can in everything I do and have fun doing it. And also try to get people to participate in sports even though they are afraid or never done it before. It’s a blast to see them all excited when they get it. For example, I am a snowboard and ski instructor at work. I have students who never done it before and get intimidated. They get so scared that they don’t even want to get on the carpet simulator. As an instructor, I need to get them comfortable. I will make it a great experience even though falling on it hurts real badly. You can get major carpet burns or break a wrist. But I make it so fun that they will get back up and do it again with a laugh. I do admit that I had some students that were very stubborn and wanted to quit after one attempt. All they need is a little encouragement and they are back up trying it again. It is such a blast. I still talk to my student when they come in to see me at work. They are so excited about this winter.
The last event I did was the H-Town Showdown in City
Houston, TX. It was my first time to compete in a wakeboarding event. The ride was really quick. I just rode and whatever came out came out. I guess I should say I went blank. All I remember is that I tried to squeeze another trick in at the end and did a face plant in front of everybody. But it’s all good. It was a good show for the audience. I had a blast. I can’t wait for next year when they have it again. I rode in the intermediate division with the guys and there were only four girls including me, I believe. I place 24th out of 31 riders. Next year I will know what to expect at the event and it will be on. There are other events I do like adventure races, bike rides, and runs. I don’t remember how I did but I wasn’t last.
It seems like everything I do is always on water, by water, or on frozen water. I guess you can say I love being in or on water. Being by the water relaxes me.
My role models can be from professional famous people to little children. Mostly people who have a barrier that prevent them from doing what they want to do but some how they find a way threw technologies that lets them. It’s phenomenal to see them do what they love. It’s pretty much seeing them shows me that I should never take things for granted. Be happy of what you have and that there are others that are in worst positions than you. Be happy.
Anything fun and interesting about you?
With all the sports that I do, I do all these amazing fall but don’t get any scratches on me or anything, but for example walking my bike after a fall I will kick the pedals with my legs and get all bruised up. I do a lot of activities like mt. biking, rock climbing, surfing (ocean or behind a boat), snowboarding, dancing, playing ultimate frisbee, and more. I do a lot. I am very open-minded and I will try anything. I forgot to write down that I am scared of heights. Weird huh? I do all of this and I am scared of heights. Crazy. I said crazy.
Favorite Girls4Sport Gear?
Long sleeve rash guards, board shorts and the short sleeve rash guards too!