Best of ’09 – A Year for Women in Wake

I can’t believe that another year has gone by. It seems that a few weeks ago it was April, and we had just launched this site. I think it was fate that brought us to launch in 2009, which has turned out to be the best year for women’s wakeboarding and wakeskating so far. Like any other sport, women’s wake sports go through cycles: one year, women are the talk of the town and everyone is pumped about them, and the next year, women are fighting tooth and nail to get recognition. I really feel that this time it is different. Women have accomplished so much and are pushing the sport so hard, I see us riding this wave of firsts for many years to come. Some of our favorite highlights from 2009 include:

It seems crazy that all of these things have happened in just one year (actually, most of these took place over the Summer!). I am grateful for the fact that WakeGirls has been here to document and track most of these milestones, and we are looking forward to what the girls will bring in 2010. We are already planning clinics and WakeGirls sessions, as well as our online video competition, Wake Idol. Thanks for being here with us every step of the way!!!

— The WakeGirls Team

Want to read more about Women’s Sports in 2009? Read what our sister blogs on the Women Talk Sports Network are talking about in our “Best of ’09” Series.

From Because I Played Sports, Best of ’09: Forming a community,
From One Athletic Women, Best of ’09: an idiosyncratic digest of bloggings from Athletic Women Blog
From The Glowing Edge, Top Four Historic Moments in Women’s Boxing 2009
From MultiSport Mama, A Year of plantar fasciitis: 12 months of pain and recovery
From Fair Games News, Six troubled trends in women’s sports (and what we can do)
From Draft Day Suit, Trobling Trends in Women’s Sports
From One Sport Voice, The "Best" of 2009 and the State of Girls & Women in Sports
From Nobody Puts Robin in a Corner, Best of ’09: A Fresh Meat’s Perspective
From, 2009: A Salute to Women in Sports
From Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times, Best of the decade: A look back at Northwest women’s hoops
From Women Talk Sports Co-Founder Ann Gaffigan, Victories and Failures in Women’s Sports in 2009 (#FTW or #FAIL)
From Westbound Boarder, Top Female Snowboarding Moments of 2009
From Swish Appeal, Best of 2009: The Humble Emergence of Tanisha Wright
From C and R Stanford Women’s Basketball, Best of the Best of 2009



  1. Laura, my teen daughter is an aspiring wakegirl…any chance I can repost this on my nonprofit at (we cover media and marketing's impact on kids, and athletics are a huge positive focal point in 'yes we can' mode!) Lemme know. Great post…Hoping to do a round-up of WTS finds…so if you have any teen/younger personal picks, give me a heads up too, ok?

  2. WG Laura says:

    Amy, go ahead and repost! We are all about getting the word out. I hope your daughter enjoys our website! If you guys are ever in the Orlando area and would like suggestions on where to ride or who to ride with, let me know!

  3. Becky says:

    This is awesome! Can't wait to see what 2010 has in store for us! Keep rockin' it girls!!

  4. flavia says:

    good luck for us…… a year for wakenoard, fun, contest….. lets rock……awesome :)

    cant wait to a new tricks……

    so see u girls in the water…

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