Bri Chmel

I have been an athlete ever since I was three years old. I started off in soccer, and in high school was on the Washington State Olympic Development Program (top 18 players in the state). At the time, I was also a professional snowboarder, ranking 5th in the nation for Boardercross. Soon after, I found watersports, and fell in love with kiteboarding. The moment I graduated from high school I moved to Hood River, OR to pursue my dream of becoming a professional kiteboarder. From the age of 18-24 I competed around the world, and got the first cover of a magazine for a female in the history of the sport. My favorite thing to do in the sport was photos and videos, and was definitely one of the highest marketed females in the industry at that time. My next sport was wakeskating, and I moved to Orlando to ride year round, live on a lake, and finish college. At this time, I got sponsored by Centurion Boats, and went to BoardStock in 2006 for their photoshoot, where I first saw wakesurfing. After watching the World Wakesurfing Championships that summer, I was convinced that I could win the following year- but first I had to learn how to wakesurf! I rode every day for the next 12 months, and have won worlds ever since. I love wakesurfing so much- it is so mellow (yet technical) and it is something that is so fun to do with a group! When I graduated from college in Orlando with my bachelors in Business Marketing and Sales, I moved out to the San Francisco Bay area, where I now worked in medical sales. I still travel around the world kiteboarding, and I wakesurf all summer in Discovery Bay, which is an hour away. I am super into hiking with my Mini Australian Shepherd "Kiwi", yoga, stand up paddle boarding in the waves, and traveling to new exotic countries. I still also spend a lot of time at my house in Hood River, OR, and my house in La Ventana, Baja Mexico. Sports make my life incredible, adventurous and challenging- they have made me into who I am!!!