The Best: Social Butterflies

Back in the day, the only way to get a glimpse at the lives of your favorite pros was to subscribe to the mag and build your collection of wakeboard videos on VHS. Now, with social media, riders have a powerful platform to interact with their fans. To show you some good examples of this, we caught up with a few female riders with a successful following on Instagram. Give ’em a follow!

Instagram
MELISSA MARQUARDT@melissa_marquardt

What are your Instagram pet peeves?
I hate seeing boring photos used just for advertisement purposes, and when a bunch of people post the same ­photo a million times to promote product. There are much better ways to do that!

Top three travel destinations:
1) Tahiti
2) Mexico
3) Tahoe, California

Top three Instagram accounts to follow:
1) @gopro
2) @clarklittle
3) @spearfishinginternational

Instagram
CARRO DJUPSJO@wakecarro

How does social media affect your career as a rider?
It has become pretty important lately. With technology changing so quickly, digital marketing is playing a bigger role in most companies. Now a lot of brands look to pro athletes to represent them as a media source.

Hometown:
Stockholm, Sweden

Favorite songs to ride to:
"Light It Up" by Major Lazer
"Roses" by The Chainsmokers
"Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift

Top three Instagram accounts to follow:
1) @streetartglobe
2) @lindseyvonn
3) @kookslams

Instagram
NICOLA BUTLER@nicolabutler

What are your social media goals?
I try to keep my social media organic and genuine. I'd rather have true fans than pretend to be someone I'm not. I also try to keep the more personal moments in my life private — that way they don't lose their magic.

People to road-trip with:
Emily Dale (@emilygdale)
Gunnar Shuler (@gunnarshuler)
Melissa Marquardt

Favorite place to wakeboard:
CWC Wakepark (@cwcwakepark)

Top three Instagram accounts to follow:
1) @kookslams
2) @chrisburkard
3) @humansofnewyork