Melissa Marquardt grew up in Canyon Lake, California, where she started wakeboarding with her two brothers at a young age. When she turned 13 she got her first Liquid Force board. Shortly afterward Liquid Force offered Melissa a spot on the pro team and she has been with them ever since. Early contest victories motivated her to pursue wakeboarding further. Melissa was fortunate to have been coached by well-known Canyon Lake wakeboarders such as Her brothers Tommy and Charlie, Randall Harris, Kyle Murphy, Cody Hall, Ricky Gonzales, Ryan Augustine, Darrin Medley, Damian Klass, and Ricky Ephrom that have influenced her riding and have helped make her the champion that she is.