To round out their talented team of international riders, Naish is excited to announce the addition of up and coming competitive big air rider Michaela Pilkenton.Â A native Oregonian, Michaela spent most of her early years on frozen water as a competitive ice skater and big mountain skier. It all changed when a college mentor sent her to learn a new sport at Floras Lake in the summer of 2016. From that moment on, Michaela has pushed herself hard in all disciplines including freestyle, park, and ultimately big air.
At 27, Michaela has come to the scene as a strong competitor in the fast-growing field of womenâ€™s big air. Her first comp was the Big Air Kite League Lordâ€™s of Tram in Gruissan France where she made it to the semifinals. Travel plans for the winter were halted by travel bans, but it gave Michaela the opportunity to make the switch to Naish and join our stellar team.
â€œNaishâ€™s team roster is full of elite riders and I feel honored to be alongside them. I am excited for this opportunity to be mentored by some of the best in big air and to be riding gear that seems to always podium. I have no doubt that the Pivot will be the kite that will take me higher and allow me to push the boundaries of womenâ€™s big air.â€
Michaela is currently based on Maui, training hard for the 2022 BAKL competition season where she plans to hit the windiest stops on the tour. Other plans for the year include new kiteboarding edits and mentoring more women into the world of kiteloops.
Naish is so stoked to have another powerhouse woman join the team and canâ€™t wait to see what 2022 brings for you, Michaela!