About Raya

I’ve grown up in Tennessee and have always lived on the lake. I learned to wakeboard at age 4. My first contest was at age 5 where I participated in the INT series in Tennessee and was state champ for the next two years. Being state champ allowed me to participate in Nationals in California where I was in the top 10 in Mini Outlaws. In 2006 I finished 3rd in the Malibu Wakeboard Nationals.

In elementary school I played many sports and received Most Athletic of my class but always knew my love to be on the water would take over. September of 2011 my mom won a trip through GoPro to attend the Quiksilver Pro Surf contest in Long Island, NY. My life has changed drastically in the most amazing way. I had the opportunity to participate in the Roxy Surf Camp in NY. I was hooked at first sight and I knew all I wanted to do was surf. The only way to surf in Tennessee is behind a boat. I began training in the spring of 2012.

My first competition was 2012 Nationals in Florida where I placed 3rd and got invited to Worlds that year where I placed 2nd. I did some local INT tournaments and won all of them and was Tennessee State Champ. I have had several podiums in the past three years and to top it off, just finished 7th at the 2105 World Wakesufing Championship.

I also do local commercials and modeling through Talent Trek Agency. The TV show Tennessee Uncharted filmed with me, teaching the Producer how to wakesurf and will be airing sometime in the following months. Now my life revolves around Wake Surfing! I take online classes so that I can follow my dreams, have gained several sponsors and travel the world doing what I love best! I am 17 and will graduate with honors in December.

Never give up on what you want because take it from me…DREAMS DO COME TRUE!!

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