Wakeboarding since she was nine, Hinata Yoshihara has racked up a number of victories.
What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Hinata Yoshihara, but I like to be called Hena. I’m from Hiroshima prefecture, Japan.
You live on an island off of Japan. What was it like growing up on an island?
Growing up on the island was amazing. My dad, Terumasa, owns a wakeboard school called SeaCrew on the island and I helped him with the school. He wakeboards as well and pulls me into the sea everyday.
How long have you been wakeboarding?
I have been wakeboarding for 13 years, since I was nine years old.
You are a four-time Japanese Champion and 2 time WWA Asian Champion. What are your plans for 2022?
My plan is to be back in America again in July to compete in the World Games in Alabama. Then I want to compete in the WWA Wakeboard Nationals and Worlds!
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By Melissa Fletcher