Angelika Schriber is a Wakepark World Champion, a stalwart in the Australian scene, and an inspiration to women riders the world over
Born in South Africa, spending a lot of her life in Cairns, she has just moved to the Goldie. Angelika Schriber is a Wakepark World Champion, a stalwart in the Australian scene, and an inspiration to women riders the world over, yet she doesn’t get the exposure she deserves. We asked her what she’s been up to and what it is like being a girl in a male dominated sport…
The last 12 months has been challenging, but super exciting at the same time. I have recently just moved from Cairns to the Gold Coast which I can now officially call home. Travelling for the last 7 years around the world takes it out of you physically, so it is definitely nice to be able to leave your things in one place, which is so refreshing. This year I decided to head over to the States and spend a full month to film two new edits and attend the Surf Expo. It was such a busy month pushing myself to maximise my trip and to get everything I wanted to achieve in a short space of time, which was so worth it. Another big change I had was that I switched board companies half way through the season, I am now riding for Liquid Force which has been so exciting and something I needed to do to move forward. Its been a great 12 months of change and I am definitely looking forward to the next 12 months.
“Becoming a double world champion in 2012 and being the first female to do that was something I will never forget.”
You are a double world champion, are you doing many comps now?
Becoming a double world champion in 2012 and being the first female to do that was something I will never forget. Each year the sport is progressing and more and more girls are coming into the sport. It will only increase, which is so exciting for the future of our sport. But it’s a hard one for me to decide as I’ve done so many contests over the last 7 years on tour and I feel I need to concentrate on getting more edits out. When I became a double world champion in 2012 I didn’t gain that much exposure or publicity. So lately I am thinking on how I need to maximise my spend to get the most exposure. Which is why I have focused so heavily on edits this past summer.
You don’t feel you get the exposure you deserve?
In some cases yes. I’ve done countless interviews and some have never been showcased. There have been times where us girls are not even mentioned which can be disheartening. When it comes to exposure we are sometimes left out or only have a small short mention. I think its such an important part in our sport and we need to make sure we are always mentioned. However in saying this, if you go out and really work hard to get videos and photos done and they are really what the magazines are looking for then they will run it. It definitely comes down to you and your hard work, persistence and follow up to ensure you’re in the magazines.
Does it frustrate you?
Of course it does. We need to grow the sport and showcase female riding, its such an important factor. It’s also hard, as it is so slow to get responses, especially when you have gone out of your way to shoot in order to get some quality shots for the magazines. Not hearing a response if they will use the shot or not, or receiving a response a month later when you have been chasing it for weeks on end, is something that is super frustrating especially when this is your career and your profession which I take very seriously. We also need to start somewhere and I feel there are a lot of talented girls but it does come down to us females working hard to get some quality shots. So it definitely works both ways.
Do you think girls film their own edits enough?
I don’t think girls get together enough to film each other and make a lot of edits throughout the year, its rather more individual based. It would be cool if we could see more. It’s super hard as we are all so busy with our own lives but I think we should band together and work more to show ladies around the globe that girls love to ride.
Companies like Follow encourage you to be creative.
Yes I’m so happy to be part of the team. It’s such an honour to be a part of a great company and to ride and work alongside some of the most talented riders in the world. The Follow team have some amazing riders that definitely influence our sport in the right direction. The guys on the team are so talented and really work hard getting some amazing edits out. We just signed Anna Nikstad and she is now our second girl alongside myself which is fantastic. She has some great style and fits the brand quite nicely. But all of my sponsors support me Liquid Force, Rixen, Breathe boardwear, Protec & Blemboard.
If you had to pick your biggest influencers in life who would they be?
My dad was by far the biggest influencer in my life. He introduced me to water skiing at the tender age of 5 1/2. Since he passed away from motor neurons disease in 2008 it was like my world turned upside down. Without the support of my sponsors, my partner Matty, my brother Bern and all my friends. I would be in a different place. I am thankful everyday to be able to follow my passion and love to wakeboard.