It would be easy to assume that the driving force behind an 11-year-old girl leaving home to pursue something so crazy was family pressure, but that wasn’t the case. Meagan’s longtime coach, Mike Ferraro, assured me that her success, drive, and willingness to do anything she can to become a better rider all come from inside of her. Growing up, she idolized Dallas Friday, craved pro-rider status, and did whatever she had to in order to bring that dream to fruition. If this seems like some far-fetched fairy-tale story, in some sense, it is. Meagan moved to Florida to become a pro wakeboarder before most kids learn how to ride, and it actually happened. She trained to be the best women’s rider, and she’s proving that. Now, at 19, Meagan rides and competes with her childhood idol, wins contests all over the world, and aspires to change the way we see how girls can ride wakeboards.