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Ekaterina Kuznetsova: “I just knew if it could be done, it had to be done, and I did it.”

Ekaterina Kuznetsova is not just a successful athlete but a force to be reckoned with. At the age of 40, she is the Secretary of the Competitive Wake Surfing Association and an international class judge of the highest category. She is also the co-Head judge of the World Championship, and her successes show no sign of stopping anytime soon. Kuznetsova has grand plans of opening her own school to teach those who want to learn wakesurfing and reach new heights in this popular extreme sport. She is also working on developing her own unique training methodology.

Kuznetsova’s life journey wasn’t an easy one. Despite facing setbacks and difficulties, she persevered and developed the mindset of a champion from a very young age. After sustaining a back injury in rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 8, Kuznetsova chose swimming, tennis, and horseback riding as part of her rehabilitation process to speed up her recovery. Her love for sports helped her overcome the setbacks she faced and inspired her to pursue her passion for extreme sports.

Another significant event that shaped Kuznetsova’s life was her successful work at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi-2014 as the head of the protocol of all Opening and Closing Ceremonies. This experience strengthened her belief that she would continue to have a successful career in the sports industry. Kuznetsova’s hard work and dedication have paid off, and she is now a four-time European Champion, winner of the World Championship, and recipient of numerous awards.

Kuznetsova’s discipline, belief in sports as a cure for physical and mental illness, love for life, and passion for her work are the key factors that have contributed to her success. In addition to her athletic achievements, Kuznetsova was elected to the position of Secretary of the Competitive Wake Surfing Association (CWSA), a US-based global organization that develops the sport of wakesurfing around the world. She is the first non-American person to hold this position, and her appointment allowed her to become a member of the organization and judge at the World and European Championships.

In March 2022, Kuznetsova moved to the United States to pursue new opportunities for both herself and her children. She quickly adapted to her new home, which she describes as close to her spirit, lifestyle, and work approach. She hopes to be useful to American society in all her roles and encourages people of all ages and status to try wakesurfing to improve their physical health and experience the joy and excitement of this unique sport. With Kuznetsova’s drive and determination, she is sure to continue making waves in the world of extreme sports.

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