• Catching up with Charlotte Bryant

Check out what Billabong UK wakeboarder has been up to this year


"So my year was meant to start off as a nice and relaxed one where I only had a few competitions in my schedule. That soon changed! This year has by far been one of the busiest years of my wakeboarding career. I have been attending contests and have been travelling the world nonstop.This year I have been to more places that I would have never thought I would visit. I have been to Thailand, Australia, Indonesia, Florida Colombia, Poland, Korea and Bulgaria.


At the beginning of the year I got ask to attend the World Cup stops where only the top 10 women in the World are invited. I straightaway said yes as I was so honoured to have been asked to be apart of this series of events.  After the World Cup I came home for a few days and I got asked to represent team Great Britain and attend the World Games, which is a similar event just 4000 athletes from all over the world competing in different sports.


After I had my schedule all sorted I could get back to training and concentrate on getting ready for all of my competitions. In July I came home for the UK National Championships. This event was a lot bigger this year and the sun was shinning so it was full of spectators. I rode well and managed to come out with a Silver Medal. The weekend after I then attended Wakestock in Wales. This event has been running for years and always has thousands of spectators lining up on the marina to watch all of us Wakeboarders put on a show. Once again I came away with the Silver medal.


After these events I had a training camp, which was being run by the British team coach. The weather was perfect and it gave me a little bit of time to train for the World Games, which was a week away. With a 4-day camp of 30-degree weather I felt ready to get out to Colombia and compete. When the team arrived in Colombia we had guards walking around with machine guns to give us the top security that was needed. The site we were staying at was perfect for us as everything we needed was there. The competition got under way and it was a tough qualifying round as everyone landed there passes. In qualifying I came second which meant that I had a fairly decent position to be coming off the dock in the finals. Finals day came and I felt pretty good and wanted to get out on the water and ride and have fun like I do every time I ride. After my ride I was pretty happy as I stuck everything I wanted to. When the results were released I was super happy to see that I was on the podium and I got the Silver Medal. My aim was to try and come out with a podium position and I succeed and I am really happy.
Now I am home just enjoying the week of training I have before I head off to the Europeans and World Championships.


I would just like to thank everyone that has helped me to get where I am today and has supported me through my busy year! Bring on my next few contests!"


Congrats Charlotte, and good luck for the European and World Championships!

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