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Anna Nikstad

December 13, 2018

anna Nikstad wakeboarder

Anna grew up watching all her older brothers wakeboarding but never really gave it a chance until she was 18 years old. She was soon hooked, and has been riding almost every day since! Anna has traveled all around the world competing on the Pro tour and claimed her first World championship title along with 2 national titles and a few other 1st place podium finishes. 

"It really all started as a hobby that turned in to a dream for me and I am so fortunate to be where I am at today. Wakeboarding has taught me so much about myself when it comes to handling pressure, facing my fears, and encountering the various cultures and settings that the sport has taken me to." 

What's your favorite Sensi bikini?

My Favorite Sensi bikini would have to be the CLAIRE top matched with the JENNIFER bottoms. This combination checks all the boxes for me in what I like in a swim suit. Stylish, yet comfortable, flattering and reliable for any occasion. 

What's your favorite thing about wakeboarding?

My favorite thing about wakeboarding is the community that the sport attracts. Nearly everyone you meet shares the same adrenaline addiction, easy going and open mindset. I have met some pretty amazing people thru wakeboarding and it is so cool to be able to share the same passion with people of all walks of life from all around the world. 

What is the most daring thing you've ever done? 

I try to do something every day that scares me to keep my adrenaline going but with wakeboarding it would be hard to narrow down exactly. I have rode on some pretty insane wake park setups including the quad pool at Valdosta Wake Compound and the “Big Plaza” at Cwc. I am still the only female rider to hit the Big Plaza at CWC in the Philippines and to this day, I have not been more intimidated by another setup then when I was riding that 18 stair bi level. 

What's your most memorable travel experience?

My most memorable experience would be traveling to the small island of Nusa Penida off the coast of Bali and staying the night in a tiny tree house hanging off the side of a massive cliff over looking the ocean. Waking up to monkeys on our porch and watching schools of huge manta rays swim by was absolutely incredible! 

Do you have any special talents?

I really love being creative, whether that means spending days working on a painting or artistic activity, to spotting angles on a building to try to climb up. I’m really just always looking with my creative eye on different ways to do things or different ways to challenge myself. 

What are your favorite foods?

That’s such a hard question to answer, ha! My favorite foods range from sushi, spicy Thai curry, authentic ramen, to açaí bowls with berries and fruits. Really hard to narrow that one down. Haha 

What inspires you?

I’m inspired most by other women in extreme sports that push their limits. Seeing female athletes that compete in skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, kiteboarding and many others really drives me to want to push myself in wakeboarding to keep the bar always rising. 

What are your favorite ways to stay fit?

My favorite off season training would be doing ninja warrior workouts. With wakeboarding, I don’t lift weights to stay fit, instead I simply use my own body weight as resistance like climbing rope and balancing on slack lines to keep myself in shape. 

Five things you couldn’t live without?

Number one would be my family, they are all my best friends and without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. Others would be my Wakeboard, my notebook, and my friends.

What are your goals for 2019? 

My goals are to focus more on progressing in wakeboarding, expanding my involvement in the industry and having as much fun as possible! 

Follow Anna's adventures on Insta! @annanikstad 

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