Trick Skiing World record holder Natallia Berdnikava has recently been added to Team Nautique. Originally from Belarus, Natallia is the current Moomba Masters trick and jump champion and currently holds the world record in trick skiing. Other accomplishments include two Masters wins, several Collegiate National titles, and a National Collegiate jump record. In between training sets at Jack Travers Ski School, we had the opportunity to sit down with Natallia and ask her a few questions.
How long have you been waterskiing and how did you get started?
I started water skiing when I was 12. While my gymnastics coach was helping the water ski team get stronger, she brought me to the pool and introduced me to water ski coach Arkadiy Genov. After meeting with him I gave waterskiing a try and haven’t stopped since.
What do you feel has most contributed to your success as a skier?
Consistency with my training and coaching in Belarus. I got most of my knowledge about the sport there on how to train and stuff like that. That is where I learned what to do in different situations, whether it is tournaments or just a regular training set.
Where do you train on a daily basis?
Jack Travers’ ski school.
What did it take for you to get the world record?
Lots and lots of training and determination.
How important was it for you to be able to ski behind the Ski Nautique 200 for your world record run?
It was very important because I had been practicing behind it all season. The Ski Nautique 200 has a great trick table and when you are going for a world record everything has to be perfect. The wakes and the speeds were all dialed in for my runs and I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to train behind the boats out at Jack Travers ski school.
How does it feel to be on Team Nautique?
Feels good to be supported by the best boat company in the world.
What are you looking forward to in 2011 and what are your plans going into next season?
Looking for a safe, successful and somewhat consistent season. Long days of training and tournaments. My main focus right now is to ski well at the World Championships and the Masters, along with putting up consistently high scores at other tournaments throughout the rest of the season.