Cole Sorensen is 14 and loves Mexican food. His sister, Ella, is 12 and fancies herself “a pizza gal.” Cole used to get fajitas with his mom after snowboard competitions. Then Ella started competing. Now they have to argue about post-shred grubs. Sounds like typical sibling stuff, except these siblings both happen to be World Champion wakeboarders. That’s right: Cole is the #1 Pro Rider in the World. And Ella is the #1 Women’s Amateur (competing against women 3-4 times her age).

The sum of their ages is 26.


Straight outta Minnesota, Cole’s first sport was skateboarding. After joining a youth group snowboarding program in the winters, he decided to try the wakeboard/wakesurf program in the summers.  “I took a couple gnarly wakeboard wipeouts,” he recalls. “I realized, wake surfing was much less painful [than snowboarding]. We traded our fishing boat for a wake boat, and the rest is history!”

Cole spends the long Minnesota winters snowboarding, and snowboarding well (he’s no stranger to snowy podiums). “Wakesurfing actually helped my snowboard game significantly with all the switch riding I do behind the boat,” he says. He speaks of skateboarding like it’s a secret weapon – the link between snowboarding and wake. In fact, he warms up with a skate session before every wakesurf competition.

Cole’s lean and mean style blends the balance of Terje Haakonsen with the cool poise of Rob Machado.With sponsors like Brigade Wakesurf Company, Supreme Boats, and Let’s Party Traction, he is charging into a bright future and raising the standards of wake surfing in the process.


“I got sick of sitting on the sidelines cheering on my brother at snowboarding and wakesurf events.  I said, ‘Enough of this, I can do it, too.’ I’m very competitive so I am always looking for ways to out-do him.”

When Ella got off the sidelines and started competing, she often found herself having to enter the boy’s division since there were no girls entering contests. Through her local action sports youth group, Ella has helped inspire girls to snowboard and they now have a girl’s snowboard squad.  “Competing is a blast,” she says. “It makes you a better rider. I just want to encourage all girls to participate in local events!”

Until the lakes thaw, Ella will be shredding the slopes, competing and having fun. With sponsors like Brigade Wakesurf Company and SheShreds Company and a super stoked attitude, she’s living the dream!

Shout-outs and the Future of Wake

Cole and Ella throw mad shout-outs to Mom & Dad Inc. for driving them to contests and patiently driving the boat so they can practice their tricks. Imagine how many times skateboarders fail at kickflips until they master them. Now imagine that each time you miss a trick, Mom or Dad have to turn the boat around and pick you up. Pretty cool folks!

Cole and Ella agree that the future of wake is switch stance riding. The ability to ride equally regularfoot and goofyfoot will be the new normal. Cole points out that “boat companies are constantly innovating wave technology.” Whatever happens, we know that these two are up to the challenge and we’re pumped to call them EDGEtv Influencers.

Now they just have to invent the Mexican Pizza!

Sibling Shredders

About The Author
- Jeff McElroy is a Ventura and Mammoth Lakes-based writer. His surf/coast-inspired short story collections, CALIFORNIOS and CALIFORNIOS 2 have received awards and accolades within the boardsport and literary communities. He writes about adventure athletes and the wild places for EDGEtv Network. When he's not writing, he's surfing, backpacking, snowboarding, and trail-running with his wife and Jack Russell Terrier.

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