Besides her involvement with board sports, Vanessa has been an accomplished pole-vaulter. In college, she competed at the national track and field championships and placed second in the women's pole vault. "There is some connection between pole vaulting and wake surfing or wakeboarding," she said. "Athletes in general make great boarders." She commented on the difficulty of both board sports and said she has total respect for wakeboarders. "I'm OK at snowboarding," she said, "but wakeboarding is just so hard."