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Shred For Brad — Two Years Later

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016



Two years ago my friend Brad suffered a life-changing wakeboard injury. The crash paralyzed him from the neck down. Faced with a long road to recovery and mounting medical bills, his parents and the wakeboard community came together to #ShredForBrad.

Brad is one of the kindest, funniest and nicest people I know. His optimistic outlook on life is inspiring and every time I see him (well, FaceTime him) he’s smiling. The Brad Smeele Foundation sells t-shirts (like the one I’m wearing) with 100 percent of the proceeds going towards Brad’s care.

So while today might be #ShredForBrad day, every time I ride I shred for Brad!

♥ BB

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Lake Sammamish Birthday Sets

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Bess Byers Lake Sammamish

Bess Byers Lake Sammamish

Bess Byers Lake Sammamish

Bess Byers Lake Sammamish

Bess Byers Lake Sammamish

Bess Byers Lake Sammamish

Bess Byers Lake Sammamish

Birthday Sets > Birthday Sex

What better way to ring in my 29th rotation around the sun than with an epic birthday set on Lake Sammamish?

The boating crew braved frigid temps to throw down on what Seattleites considered a warm day. John, Eddie and Chelsea hit the wake hard. I broke my bindings last summer (I need an upgrade from the ’04 Mavens I’m riding) so stuck to surfing.

While this marked one of my more mellow birthdays, and the last of my 20’s, I couldn’t have spent it with a better group of people. Thank you again to everyone who made this day (and wave) so stinkin’ special. Stay tuned, because the weather is warming up and the wake will only get bigger!

♥ BB

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Yacht Surf Sunday

Monday, October 19th, 2015












While the Seahawks sink, Seattleites have turned to other forms of Sunday entertainment. Last weekend we stepped up our game and went yacht surfing.

My friend Rob recently bought a 40-something-foot yacht, so when extended the invite (thank you Patryk!), I ditched Sunday blogging for board sports. If there’s a wave, these guys (and gals) will ride it.

Fall riding has always been a favorite and days like this remind me why. Most boats have been winterized, which means glassier water. The weather is crisp so riders are committed. Plus orange leaves make for pretty pictures.

Surfing this behemoth wave I felt like a boss. When I first learned to wakeboard, I asked my ex about wakesurfing. He said I wouldn’t get it because I “don’t understand the concept of pressure.” Needless to say, that relationship didn’t work. Also needless to say, I “understand the concept of pressure.” Whatever that means.

Major thanks to Rob for the tow, and everyone else for being an awesome crew. Now how do we top yacht surfing!?

♥ BB

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Saturdays Are For Girls Who Surf

Sunday, August 16th, 2015















A couple snaps from our Girls Surf Saturday a few weeks back!

Girls-only days are my favorite (no offense guys) because it means less stress and encouragement to try new tricks. This day was a pristine example. I’ve surfed for a few years but never really carved because I a) didn’t know how and b) hate trying new moves with a boat full of spectators. All the optimism and increased estrogen pushed me to carve and you know what? I did. I carved, and I carved, and I kept carving, until I caught an edge, but I came up smiling and stoked to stick new moves.

Sometimes all it takes is a little step outside your comfort zone to realize things aren’t as difficult as they seem. This applies to life too.

Thanks Nicole for the tow, hope to have another girls day before summer wraps!

♥ BB

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Hometown Throw Down

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015






After five years off the water, it felt good to have a hometown throw down.

Tri-Cities temps soared to 114 last weekend, so we beat the heat and hit the river. Summer 2008 was my last serious shred sesh, and it resulted in a torn ACL and herniated disk. Needless to say, I felt slight nerves strapping in.

But those didn’t last long. I charged my second cut in and cleared the wake like it was yesterday. I’m not sure what I enjoyed more, catching air or seeing the looks on the guys’ faces that I could still ride. Like I said boys, “I’m baaaaaack!”

Thank you Matt for the tow and Casey for taking photos (and not dropping my camera in the river!). I’ll be back in a few weeks, and looking forward to chase boat photos!

Side note: I’m riding an ’04 board… Which is kind of like riding a brick. Any suggestions for a new setup? I’ve been eyeing this Ronix gem.

♥ BB

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