Your Name (and Nickname): Francesca Jost, but call me Frankie
Your Age: 13
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Lake Le Homme Dieu, Alexandria, MN
Weapon(s) of choice: Wakesurf boards, longboards, SUPs and a soccer ball
What’s an average day for you like? I get up, eat breakfast, go to school, learn a bit, get home and do homework, jump on my longboard and/or surfboard and HAVE FUN!
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? The hardest part about wakesurfing is learning how to get up. Once you get that, getting in the sweet spot is pretty simple.
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? Getting to spend time on the water with my friends and family. We do some of our best chatting and laughing out there, and can talk about anything. The worst part is some people look at it as more of a boys sport. But I have awesome female role models in the surfing world.
What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? I’d like more girls to get out there!
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? Some days, laid back with leggings with a sweater and somedays jeans and a patterned shirt or patterned leggings and a crop top. A mix of laid back and hipster, I guess.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? I like Nike and under armour when I work out. Regular clothes I like Brandy Melville and Rue 21. I like my swimsuits from Roxy and Billabong. And of course SheShreds!
Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? I think that when you look good, you feel good too!
How dangerous do u really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Let’s be real, you could hurt yourself falling out of bed. I don’t think we should live our lives thinking we might get hurt. A little risk never hurt. Wakesurfing doesn’t have too high a risk factor...
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. Mostly snowboard crashes...Kids bombing the hill, bad landings, etc. My dad just had a serious run in with some trees out west while snowboarding. My mom is skilled at giving herself black eyes with a wakesurfer. :)
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I think people get hooked on wakesurfing because the whole family can do it! And because the falls aren’t too bad. Not like a wakeboarding or waterski fall! #ow
What is your favorite trick? Boardslides are simple, but one of my favorite tricks. They look pretty cool, too!
Do you own any other toys? Snowboards, longboards, snowskate, ocean surfboards, SUPs, trampoline, balance boards, zipline. We’re a pretty active family :)
What gets you pumped up for the day? MUSIC!! If I could listen to music and surf all day, that would be PERF!
What are three things you could not live without? Surfing, music and suntans.
What are your expectations for this activity/sport? Someday, I hope it’s an olympic sport!!
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My parents, extended family, and our family friends, Dean and Lisa. My parents drive/fly me to all my competitions, coach me and help me through frustrating times. Dean and Lisa coach me and take me surfing when my parents are busy with Hangloose MN. My grandmas are also pretty big fans :)
Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? People tell me I ride like Ashley Kidd, so that’s crazy awesome!!! I’m lucky to have learned from lots of cool people...Tommy Czeschin, Stacia Bank, Meredith Kurysh…. it’s a long list, and I’m a lucky girl!
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