Interview with Jennifer Mauerhofer – Pro Flowboarder from UAE
We are excited to share a recent interview with Pro Women’s Flowboarder, actress, and “adrenaline addict” Jennifer Mauerhofer out of the United Arab Emirates! Jennifer is the defending Women’s World Champion of the FlowBarrel Strapped division, claiming the title in 2015 at YAS Waterworld in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has lived in no less than eight countries and has some great stories and insight to share below. Please read and enjoy!
Name: Jennifer Mauerhofer
About You: Female Flowboarder – FlowBarrel, part of the UAE Flowboarding Team since 2013, and current Team World Champions! Besides all the flow action I’m an actress, linguist and adrenaline addict with a passion for art, theater and film
Home Country: Made in Sweden, born in Switzerland. I have lived all over the world (Sweden, Switzerland, France, UK, USA, Mexico, South Africa, UAE) and my home tends to be where my heart is. And my heart is currently very happily residing in Dubai.
Current Location: Dubai, UAE
Home Wave(s): FlowBarrel 10 Double at YAS Waterworld in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Sponsor(s): YAS Waterworld Abu Dhabi
Age: Forever 21!
Flowboarding Specialty: Flowboard – FlowBarrel, both strapped and strapless
Years Flowboarding: 4-5 years. I first got introduced to the FlowBarrel in 2011 after recovering from a skydiving accident. I was addicted to skydiving and so having to stop was hard. But I got inspired when I saw the super skilled local flowboarding talent in Dubai and decided then and there, that I wanted to join their league! At first I only had eyes for bodyboarding, but after watching the women’s pro flowboarding runs in Mallorca during the 2012 World Flowboarding Championships at Mallorca Wavehouse, I was determined to switch focus and jumped on the flowboard as soon as I returned from Spain. And I haven’t really looked back since.
Accomplishments: Main accomplishments in this sport: 1x World Champion (2015) Female Pro Flowboard – strapped, and 2x Team World Champions (2014/2015)
Other Sports / Hobbies: Anything that gets my heart racing! Usually involves speed or a stage. I love extreme/action sports, acting, art, languages, travel and adventure.
Social Media Pages:
- Instagram: Jennifer.Mauerhofer.Flow
- Facebook: Jennifer Mauerhofer
FlowBlogger: Hi Jennifer. Thanks for meeting with us. Congratulations on your 2015 World Championship in the Pro Women’s Flowboard Strapped Division (FlowBarrel)! Please tell us about that experience.
JENNIFER: Thank you! It was an amazing feeling, especially since it happened in the UAE, on home turf so to speak! And as a team we did our best to keep the FLOW Team Trophy for yet another year in the UAE! I did win the title of World Champion in the female strapped division, but I don’t consider myself the best in the league of female flowbarrel riders, not yet haha. :Amy Stevens and Ili Lim who are huge inspirations for all the female flowboarders around the world, sadly were not able to compete last year, but I was faced with some tough competitors like Austyn Victoria, who took second place (strapped), Xana Nash, who took 1st place (strapless), and Jessica Nichols (current No. 2 in the US). Best part of winning though was to prove to myself that, yes I can do this! As with all sports and competitions, in the end it doesn’t solely come down to your athletic skills, but to your mental strength and preparation. It’s all part of a great learning journey!
FlowBlogger: What does Flowboarding mean to you?
JENNIFER: Passion, determination, commitment, sweat, tears, laughter, excitement, disappointment, joy, thrill, adrenaline, bliss, focus, patience, love, glory
FlowBlogger: Your home wave is a huge FlowBarrel (as compared to a FlowRider). Please tell us about the cool action a FlowBarrel provides!
JENNIFER: We are very lucky to have a double FlowBarrel in the UAE, a left barrel AND a right barrel. Whereas most wave venues around the world offer only a left or a right, we have both! Which allows for fair game for all riders, the regulars and the goofys out there. Unfortunately, today this is the only double barrel in the world that is open to the public. We also have a flowrider, but the flowbarrel is where you’ll find me! I’m a thrill chaser and the barrel provides plenty of that, the falls can be hard and going big and attempting tricks in the air can pump up those nerves as the landings may not always be soft, on the contrary!
FlowBlogger: You are part of a strong group of riders in UAE. Please tell us about the flowboarding atmosphere there.
JENNIFER: Yes, I’ve been fortunate to ride with and learn from some of the best, Clayton Barker, a 3 x World Champion (strapless) and Max Sokolov (current world no. 2 strapped), who I think was born on a board! Watching them ride and observe their every move has helped a great deal. In the UAE, the atmosphere is a bit different as the barrel is part of a waterpark and only allows bodyboading during public hours, so in order to flowboard the options are limited to only one or two sessions per week. There is a big community of bodyboarders in the UAE and some very skilled ones, including our team members, Humaid (who took second place in last year’s worlds) and Mohd Ibrahim, and many other local riders!
FlowBlogger: Have you traveled much with the sport? What is that like?
JENNIFER: Not much with the sport, as the past three World Championships have been held in the UAE, but I did go to Spain for the 2012 World Flowboarding Championships and last year to San Diego for the very first annual US Open of Flowboarding! I am heading back to San Diego this June for this year’s US Open, so stay tuned!
FlowBlogger: You are one of the pioneering women of the sport to and are pushing it to higher levels. Please tell us about your passion for flowboarding.
JENNIFER: I flowboard because I love the physical and mental challenge of conquering the flowbarrel and attacking it from various angles and attempting the endless tricks that the barrel has to offer and there are so many I haven’t even come close to trying yet. I love the combo aspect of surfing/skateboarding/wakeboarding and of course all the amazing people I have met through the sport around the world. I do wish we had a set up here in the UAE much like the Wavehouse in San Diego or Mallorca that allows for all day riding every day and has an audience! Flowboarding to me is a spectator sport, and the bigger the crowd, the better!
FlowBlogger: What would be your dream job?
JENNIFER: My dream job would be a combination of adrenaline, freedom, water, sky, boards, travel, languages, art, people, music, and dance. I haven’t yet figured out what that would be, but that’s why it is called “dream job”, right? And that’s what life is all about isn’t it? Chasing the dream and creating yourself along the way…
FlowBlogger: When it comes to flowboarding, what keeps you motivated?
JENNIFER: Competitions! I’m very competitive, and competitions give you the chance and platform to test the skills you’ve been working so hard on, competing with and learning from other riders, improving and learning new tricks and grow as an athlete. And of course catching up with like-minded friends.
FlowBlogger: Please share an amazing memory you have from the sport.
JENNIFER: There have been many good memories…
FlowBlogger: What was the best flowboarding advice you were ever given?
JENNIFER: Best advice ever given to me was: “Never stop riding, keep going, and you will become world champion!” I was told that in my first year of riding, after my second competition in this sport. I was still bodyboarding at the time, but it’s what has kept me going through all the doubts, ups and downs. Flowboarding is much much harder than it looks and progress takes lots of time, practice and patience.
FlowBlogger: Where do you hope to see the sport five years from now?
JENNIFER: More flowbarrels, more barrel riders, especially female riders, and more competitions, more championships! A FlowBarrel World Tour would be it!
FlowBlogger: What do you do when you are not flowboarding?
JENNIFER: When I’m not flowboarding, I spend most of my time on stage or rehearsing for the stage, or as of late I try to devote any spare time I have to wakeboarding and skateboarding
FlowBlogger: What is your favorite trick?
JENNIFER: It would have to be the back flip for now. Currently working on improving my backflip, need to get that flip up in the air, also working on various airs.
FlowBlogger: Do you have any advice for others who will see this?
JENNIFER: If you have access to a flowbarrel and have not yet given flowboarding a try, give it a go and expect to get hooked! And if you’re already hooked, be fearless, be patient and keep on riding!
FlowBlogger: Jennifer, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us. Do you have any final comments to share?
JENNIFER: All Glory Comes From Daring To Begin… (Eugene F. Ware). Thanks for listening