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Feature Friday: B4BC Team Rider Tarah Mikacich

 

@TARAHMIK

Since 2005 when Tarah first strapped a wakeboard to her feet, her life changed. After a single year of riding, she went pro becoming the first female to compete in the U.S. Masters of water skiing and wakeboarding.

1. Education is a core teaching with B4BC. Besides being a college graduate, you teach wakeboarding in Orlando. What makes education so important to you and how has B4BC allowed you to continually educate the action sports community?

For me, education makes me feel prepared.  I like knowing what’s going on.  I feel like “you don’t know what you don’t know” until you start paying attention.  So, if there’s a topic like breast cancer that is really important, we should do our best to get the information out there… make it easier to be informed than uninformed.

2. You have now become an inspiration to young girls. What message would you like to share with them if you could meet all those you inspired?

I would tell them that being a girl and excelling at sports are not easy things, but they are powerful things and they’re worth it.  You have so much more to offer than most people expect.  I would also tell them that being truly yourself, which is always different than everyone else, is the best thing you could be.

3. October brings a focus back onto Breast Cancer Prevention with a strong encouragement for people to become educated and stand up to cancer. What does it mean to you to be a part of B4BC?

Being part of B4BC is an opportunity to be part of something meaningful.  Breast Cancer affects nearly everyone; Breast Cancer Prevention can have an even bigger impact on even more people.  I’m truly just humbled by the idea that I’m part of an organization that helps save lives.

4. Through events, B4BC is able to further its mission of promoting early detection + a healthy, active lifestyle to the action sports community, what is a personal favorite event of yours to participate in?

I would love to go to a Beats for Boobs event!

5. If you could encourage everyone you meet to spread the core values of B4BC what would you tell them?

“Be Healthy. Get Active. Ride! It’s a way of life.”  I would say there’s no downside to leading an active lifestyle and promoting early detection.  Breast Cancer is scary, but preventing it by knowing your body, paying attention, and having fun boarding is nothing to be scared of.  That’s worth sharing.

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