Melissa Colborne

Fresh off her win this past weekend at the CASA Cable Wake Tour Stop 2. Liquid Force and Roxy team rider Melissa Colborne is dominating on the ladies tour both at cable and boat events. She has 2 wakeboarding brothers, Jason and Chris, who have to spend many hours a week on the water just to keep up Melissa. Dirty Habits caught up with her for an interview.

VIDEO: Shot by Chris Rodger

Words: DH

Images: Bianca Asher Photography

Video: Chris Rodgers

Name: Melissa Colborne
Nationality: South Africa
Date of Birth: 25 June 1995
Home Town: Cape Town, Somerset West
Started riding: 14 years old
Sponsors: Roxy South Africa and Liquid Force South Africa
Board setup:  Liquid Force witness and Melissa bindings
Cable or boat: both but mainly cable
Top places to ride: Blue Rock cable, StokeCity Wakepark, CWC phillipines
Riding tips: shred hard but most importantly have fun!
Facebook: Melissa Colborne
Twitter: Melis_Colborne

Results:

2011: Cable pro tour stop 1 -1st open ladies
SA cable nationals- 1st Open ladies

2012: Cable pro tour stop 1 -1st open ladies
SA cable nationals- 1st Open ladies
SA boat nationals- 1st Open ladies

2013: Cable pro tour stop 1 -1st open ladies
cable pro tour stop 2- 1st open ladies
Boat pro tour stop 2- 1st open ladies

How did you get into wake boarding? My older brother, Jason, started riding a few years before me. I always used to go watch him at the cable until one day I decided to try it. After my first try, I was hooked.

Gnarliest injury? Towards the end of last year, I fell on a scarecrow off of the kicker and tore the ligaments in my knee. My leg got put into a full plaster cast and I was out for 4 months which sucked!

Favourite trick? Blind 360 off the kicker.

What’s it like being the girl wake board sister with 2 brothers wake boarding in the family? It’s awesome. I have fun going riding with them and we all push each other. My younger brother is still quite new to the sport but my older brother has been wakeboarding for longer than I have so he coaches me quite abit and encourages me a lot.

Who is your favourite rider and why? Nick Davies, he has his own unique style of riding and doing tricks.

If you weren’t a wakeboarder what would you be? Nothing comes to mind, I can’t imagine not being on the water.

What’s the one trick that gives you trouble and why? Definitely a railey. I’ve had a few concussions from this trick so I find it super scary.

Cable or behind the boat? Cable. I enjoy boat but don’t get the opportunity to ride much boat. I stay close to a cable so I ride way more cable than boat. I always have fun riding cable and love the obstacles.

Any weird phobias? Scared of the dark but not sure if that classifies as weird.

What are you most proud of in your wake boarding career so far? Becoming a Roxy teamrider and winning both boat and cable SA nationals last year.

What do you plan to do once you wrap up matric? I want to go travel and wakeboard around the world. I would also l like to compete in international events.

 

GoPro wakeboarding with Melissa Colborne. Melissa is the top female Cable rider in South Africa, watch her shred the local Cable park. This video was shot in one day at Blue Rock Cable park in Cape Town, South Africa.

100% shot on the GoPro Hero3+ Black edition.

Make sure to subscribe for more videos like this! (It’s Free)

How to find me:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisRogersZA
Instagram: http://instagram.com/chrisrogersza
YouTube: http://goo.gl/ycLd0J
Snapchat: chrisrogersza

Follow Melissa:
Instagram: http://instagram.com/melis_colborne
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Melis_Colborne
Website: http://meliscolborne95.blogspot.com

Thanks To:

World of Heroes (GoPro South Africa)
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wohza
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WOHZA
Instagram: http://instagram.com/wohza
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/WorldofHeroesZA

Sail Video Systems (Helmet Swivel mount)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sailvideosystem
Instagram: http://instagram.com/sailvideosystem
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SailVideoSystem
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SailVide…
Website: http://www.sailvideosystem.com/

BRLS Hawaii (Board mount)
Website: http://www.brlshawaii.com/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/brlshawaii

Music:
Electric Joy Ride – “Origin”
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElectricJoyRide
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElectricJoyRide
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/electricjoyride

Courtesy of NCS: https://www.youtube.com/user/NoCopyri…