Marc Kroon is a fearless rookie that is set to take the pro wakeboarding world by storm in the coming years. Growing up in the middle of Holland alongside his elder brother Nils, it was only a matter of time before Marc tried wakeboarding for the first time on one of the area's many lakes. His own country's rich wakeboarding heritage has been a constant source of inspiration for the teenager, while teammates and industry veterans including Duncan Zuur and Cyril Cornaro have played a crucial role in guiding Marc through the start of what promises to be a long and successful career. After dominating national contests for a number of years, the young buck from Loosdrecht has now broadened his horizons and ambitions by training in Florida during the winter months and competing against the world's best wakeboarders. Outside of his chosen calling, Kroon enjoys bouncing around on his trampoline and chowing down on the occasional hamburger. Marc is also a keen follower of a number of other sports, including basketball and ice hockey.
Q: When did you start wakeboarding and why?
A: I started wakeboarding when I was 8 years old. My brother and sister were already boarding at my uncle's wakeboard school, so of course I wanted to join them.
Q: What has been the biggest highlight of the past 12 months for you?
A: Participating in the Pro Tour in the USA and being the new Dutch champion Open Men of 2011.
Q: What's the best thing about riding for a living?
A: It brings you on the most beautiful places all over the world.
Q: What's your most embarrassing moment?
A: If I'll repeat that over here it will be even more embarrassing…
Q: Which wake boarder inspires you the most?
A: Adam Errington, as his riding is awesome.
Q: Has wakeboarding ever injured you and what's the worst injury?
A: So far I never had very serious injuries yet, just a concussion.
Q: Other than home, where is your favorite place to ride, and why?
A: Orlando, Florida, as here the circumstances for wakeboarding are the best!
Q: How do you see your sport evolving in the next few years?
A: Wakeboarding is growing so fast and the level of riding is getting higher every year!
Q: What are your main goals and plans for the next 12 months?
A: First I have to finish my school, having my final exams in May. Then I want to move over to Orlando as soon as possible to join the American competitions. But I'll come back to Europe as well for some European Tour stops and events as well. I also want to defend my Dutch title on our Nationals in September.
Q: What music you listen to?
Q: What do you do for fun when you are not wakeboarding?
A: I enjoy hanging out with my friends and I love to jump around on the trampoline.
Q: What achievement are you most proud of so far in your career?
A: Being European Champion in 2010 in Sweden.
Q: If you didn't wakeboard for a living, what would you have liked to be doing now for an occupation?
A: I'm still at school, but I'd be pretty happy to work in any job that involves sport in some way.
Q: What trick do you enjoy the most?
A: Switch toeside 9