My name is Nicola Butler and I am 20 years old. I have been a professional wakeboarder for the last 5 years and I am extremely lucky to do what I love for a living. It has allowed me to travel to more countries in the world in the last 8 years than some people ever see in their life. I grew up in South Africa and lived for the beach, surfing, and skateboarding. I was such a tomboy that until the age of 8 I was mistaken for a boy 90% of the time. I moved to England at the age of 9 and quickly became introduced to wakeboarding at 10. By 14 I knew that I wanted to pursue wakeboarding professionally and my family, especially my dad, sacrificed everything we had in order for me to move to America and follow my dream. I am so thankful for all the support they have given me and all of my sponsors for being there right from the beginning. I now live in Orlando, Florida full time with my sister Shannon (http://www.awashwithwonder.com)

I plan to continue to be as young, wild, and free as possible and hope to be an inspiration to the younger up and coming riders.