Nils Kroon is one of Europe's strongest up-and-coming wakeboarders. The Dutchman grew up in Loosdrecht alongside younger brother Marc, and was fortunate enough to spend his early years living close to a lake that was popular among wakeboarders. Never one to just watch from the sidelines, Nils tried his hand at wakeboarding for the first time at the age of 12 and soon discovered he was pretty damn good at it! It wasn't long before Nils was competing in local events, and was rewarded with his first national title at the Dutch Nationals in 2005. Armed with his unquenchable thirst for progression, Kroon has gone from strength to strength on both the national and international wakeboarding scenes. More recently, the Dutchman has notched up some impressive victories on the Lowlands Wakeboard Tour as well as in the Dutch Nationals. Looking ahead, Nils is keen to cement his presence on the international scene with some podium-deserving performances at the upcoming European Championships. Don't take your eyes off this guy - he's really going places!
Q: When did you start wakeboarding and why?
A: I started wakeboarding at the age of 11, because I always saw people wakeboarding on my home lake in Loosdrecht. After seeing wakeboarding for the first time, my new mission was learning to wakeboard. The feeling of being on the water on a board was even more amazing then I could imagine and I never stopped wakeboarding.
Q: What has been the biggest highlight of the past 12 months for you?
A: For me the most amazing thing that happened in the past year was being able to travel around and see the world. The most beautiful spot I could visit was South Africa and seeing that country was absolutely my highlight of the past year.
Q: What's the best thing about riding for a living?
A: The best thing about riding for a living for me is meeting different people and seeing different places around the world.
Q: What's your most embarrassing moment?
A: My most embarrassing moment ever was taking a crash on a bunny hop 180 during a competition. You can't imagine how stupid I felt after that…
Q: Which wake boarder inspires you the most?
A: For me Chad Sharpe has always been a big inspiration.
Q: Has wakeboarding ever injured you and what's the worst injury?
A: Wakeboarding injured me several times actually. Something I will never forget is a crash I took on a KGB. I landed on my back foot and because of the impact I dislocated my upper leg from my hip.
Q: Other than home, where is your favorite place to ride, and why?
A: It's very hard for me to tell which spot other than my home spot is my favorite. Actually the place doesn't matter a lot to me, as long as the people I ride with are fun and pushing me and the others to try new tricks, I'm the most happy guy in the world! If I really have to make a choice, I'd say that Lake Picket would be my favorite spot to ride.
Q: How do you see your sport evolving in the next few years?
A: The younger guys are really taking the sport to a higher level. Apart from that, sliders and kickers are becoming more and more important in the sport.
Q: What are your main goals and plans for the next 12 months?
A: My main goals for the next year are actually to travel around the world to train and compete. Combining riding and traveling is the most amazing thing in life to me.
Q: What music you listen to?
A: As long as the music in the boat makes me pumped to ride, I love listening to it!
Q: What do you do for fun when you are not wakeboarding?
A: When I'm not riding I love to go out fishing or do other sports.
Q: What achievement are you most proud of so far in your career?
A: Being Dutch Champion in the junior men division is the most important result so far. In the future I would like to reach the same level in the Open Men division.
Q: If you didn't wakeboard for a living, what would you have liked to be doing now for an occupation?
A: I would probably be trying to do another sport for a living.
Q: What trick do you enjoy the most?
A: I enjoy doing crowmobes the most.