Get to know young world-class trick talent Erika Lang: how she looks forward to breaking the world trick record this year, her junior vs. pro experience, and some memorable moments with her mom traveling to competitions around the world.
Can you describe the feeling of skiing at Moomba in front of the largest water-ski crowd in the world?
It’s such a rush! I don’t get very nervous until about five minutes before I get on the water. I am totally focused on what I am about to execute, and I don’t let anyone’s ride change what I am going to do. I don’t watch the other competitors before me. This way I only think about what I am going to do. I don’t like knowing anyone else’s score. I always complete the same run in every round and never water any of my tricks down. My mind-set for every competition is to go out on the water and to do what I know. What the other girls do is out of my control!
Is your mind-set different when you ski junior Moomba vs. the pros?
My mind-set doesn’t really change from the junior competition to the pros, because every time I go out on the water, I am trying to perform better than I ever have before. The only difference between the two competitions is probably my nerves. I get a lot more nervous for the pro competition, because I feel that I need to prove myself as one of the best trick skiers in the world.
Did you add any tricks to your run during the off-season? If so, what tricks, and can you describe the learning curve?
Yes, I did add new tricks to my run in the off-season. I ended up putting a ski line O in my run and learned a back-to-front-front flip, but haven’t put it in my run yet. I’m still working on my ski line five front and ski line five back.
What do you want your point total to be by the end of the season?
I am really close to breaking the 10,000-point mark and am hoping to do it this year! All I have to do is add one more trick to my run, and then I’m there. Some possibilities to reach this is to put my back-to-front-front flip in my run, or add a ski line five, or even my run now is worth over 10,000 points if I get every trick in time, down to the last back and front. I’m really hoping to break the world record this year.
Did your mom go with you to Moomba this year?
Yes, she went with me!
Are there any memorable moments with Mom to share?
Some memorable moments were definitely winning pro Moomba and the World Cup stop in Mandurah. A couple of memorable moments with my mom were when she took some of the other competitors and I to the Ed Sheeran concert in Melbourne, and surfing in Torquay! What I love about my mom is that we always find time to have fun, even with the competitions going on.