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October 12, 2014
Cancun Pro

This year Malibu Boats added a new event in Mexico called the Cancun Pro.  That's right, we got to go to a beautiful exotic location AND wakeboard in a contest there! We stayed at an all-inclusive resort right on the ocean. The water was so incredibly blue, it would take your breath away every time you saw it.
This contest was meant to cater to the athletes. It was only Pro Men and Pro Women. The Cancun Pro was invite only, but you could come down and qualify a day early, which many up and coming riders did.  It seemed like everyone was riding well at the end of the season, so it was pretty tough to make it through the heats.  Thankfully, even if you didn't have the best run, you still got to chill in Cancun! Malibu decided to run a new format for the whole contest.  Each rider got 6 tricks: 3 down, 3 back. NO FALLS. If you fell, your ride was over. But we each got 2 rounds, so you could better your score if you fell the first time.  Pro Men have used this type of format before, but Pro Women never have. It sounds kind of intimidating when we usually get 2 falls/pick-ups, but it turned out to be a blast! It definitely got our adrenaline pumping, especially with only 3 tricks per pass instead of 5! We had to make everything count!
In the semifinals, only top 2 riders from each heat would make it through to the finals. I stood up my passes in the first go! Since I had a second shot, I tried to play around with the order of the tricks in my pass, and I basically figured out what order would NOT work. lol  It didn't matter; my first run was enough to put me through to finals. The top 6 that made it through were Dallas Friday, Meagan Ethell, Bec Gange, myself, Melissa Marquardt, and Amber Wing.
The next day in finals, we were all super amped to ride behind the Malibu LSV again. Usually, saltwater makes the wake pretty mushy and small, but the wake held its shape so well that we were excited to go push our riding. In my first run, I stood up, but I made a mistake on one of my tricks, so I knew I could do better in my second turn. The other girls were riding well, but no one had really killed it yet. I rode again, and did my runs really clean. The only thing left was my bonus trick, a cab 5... and I cased the second wake and went down. Bummer! After everyone had ridden, I knew the scores would be close. I figured I would be somewhere in the middle of the pack. When they posted the results, I had placed 4th. Not bad at all. It felt like a great way to finish off the season. Super fun event!



July 1, 2014
WAKEFEST

I went to an event this year in Center Hill, TN, called WakeFest. It's hosted by TNT Watersports, a Malibu dealer. These were the first guys to step up and add Pro Women to their event (with a cash prize) when the Pro Tour scaled down this year. WakeFest was like no other event I've ever been to. There was no land access! Everyone had to travel to the tournament "site" by boat & then just tie up to a massive floatilla! The energy was so good & everyone there was stoked to be right in front of the action.
Pro Women were up first. None of us had been to the event before, so we really didn't know what to expect.  We were in a pretty calm area, but Center Hill Lake goes on and on for about 64 miles.  With so many boats around, it was a little hectic.  But all the girls rode well! I think we each maybe had 1 fall, but really good riding all and all.  Then we just had to wait for the results... Turns out I finished 3rd!  We ended up with an all Malibu team podium!



October 8, 2013
FIREBALL RUN - RECAP

Oh my goodness! I just got back from the adventure of a lifetime!  Along with 40 other teams in Fireball Run, we drove 2,500 miles journeying through the southwest of America. We were among business leaders, politicians, stunt drivers, barrel racers, an astronaut, and even Lamborghini legend Valentino Balboni. Each FIREBALL RUN team is assigned a missing child from their home region. While competing in the adventure it's our mission to distribute 1000 posters throughout the journey in an effort to raise awareness for and aid in the recovery of that missing child. We do a lot of crazy missions, so we get a ton of media attention and the missing children are put at the forefront of all the exposure.  FIREBALL RUN is like a life-sized trivia game. To navigate our route, we solve clues based on history, science, nature, theology, pop culture, and virtually anything in relation. We know where we're stopping at the end of each day, but we don't know anything in between!

My lifelong friend and teammate, Shea Holbrook, races cars for a living… so she got to drive all 8 days! While I, on the other hand, had the privilege of navigating this crazy route.  I’ve never used Google so much in my life!  Thankfully, we made alliances with several other teams. We helped each other solve clues and made sure no one got too lost.  We tried to find locals in every town to show us the way, and when all else failed we stuck close to the other flamboyant and extreme vehicles!  They weren’t always going on the same mission we were, but we were out of cell range so much that it was good to have other teams around.  They were easy to spot too… Lamborgini Gallardo Balboni, Ferrari 360, an ambulance wrapped to look like M*A*S*H, rally fighters, massive trucks, the “Back to the Future” DeLorean, a classic Trans Am, etc.  Shea & I were fortunate enough to get a Honda Civic si (the same model car Shea raced last year) from Hendrick Honda and we wrapped it in pink racing flag graphics.  No one could miss us!  And in case they were underestimating our Fireball Run prowess, we had a massive sticker on the rear bumper that said “Beat by a Girl . org” 

Deciphering clues led us to some of the most beautiful places in America. We went to the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum and sat in the cockpit of the Navy’s first supersonic aircraft, built in 1955.  We got to wear a $20,000 squash blossom style turquoise necklace in Gallup, NM.  At a Navajo Chapter house we met one of the oldest living “Code Talkers” from WWII.  Navajo was the only language/code the Germans and Japanese couldn’t crack.  That was one of the most moving experiences – tears came to my eyes listening to the 92 year old soldier as he sat in a wheelchair with cataracts covering both eyes. The sacrifice that he and other Navajos made for our country (even after the horrific history their people had endured) absolutely melted my heart.  The Navajo people, private as they are, welcomed us like family.  They showed us their way of weaving, jewelry craftsmanship, and cooking.

As we drove on past ShipRock, we came to one of my favorite places on this journey: Page, AZ.  It is considered the most isolated city in the U.S.  At first glance we didn’t see much, but then we got to take a Hummer adventure down to the secret slot canyons… The most amazingly beautiful rock formations I’ve ever seen! 

We paddled across the muddy waters of the San Juan River and back, found a 20’ statue of a dog fully covered in dog tags, went to the place where the Griswold’s camped in National Lampoon’s Vacation and got the key to Sparky’s cabin. And I can’t leave out the fact that I crashed a golf cart at an 85-acre solar energy plant… No, this wasn’t the mission – I was just going the extra mile!

Shea & I met Miss Lee Doerr at Falcon Field Airbase.  She is a WWII American hero from the W.A.S.P. program.  She was amazing! We were supposed to get a photo saluting her, but we gave her a massive hug too!  We got tons of bonus points for this random wooden green alien that our Facebook friends helped us find!  We even got to hold a fragment from Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra twin-engine that she crashed in Honolulu in 1937.  While we were in Bloomfield, NM, we were given the opportunity to enter the Tower Kiva at Salmon Ruins.  No member of the public has ever been permitted entry here before, for both archeological and spiritual reasons.  While there, we had the white glove experience of holding a 1,000-year-old bowl made by the Chacoan people.

The producers made it clear that different teams would go on different missions, and that because of our different backgrounds we might be specifically chosen for certain adventures.  Somehow, I ended up in a bikini 3 different times for various “water missions.” That was sly!  Haha all in good fun!  We did so many different challenges that I couldn’t possibly list them all, but these were some of my favorites.  We also donated supplies to many charity missions along the way, including: Tiny Tim Center, Boys & Girls Clubs, C.U.D.D.L.E, Youth Conservation Core, Helen’s Hope Chest, and Child Abuse Prevention Council.  Some were in need of learning tools, while others needed toys, clothes, sports equipment, electronics, outdoor equipment, etc.  We met so many great people in every town we went through.  Thousands of people came out to support and graciously host us. The community effort was heart warming!  The residents and business owners were so happy with our efforts and very willing to hang missing child posters. 

By the last day of Fireball Run, Shea & I were exhausted!  We were on the 8th day of jam packed schedules, never knowing where we were going, and having very tight windows to get there.  At the start of the day, we went a little off-course to get some coffee, and then we went really off-course to get some extra bonus points in Palm Springs.  As great at those points were, we knew we wouldn’t get credit for them if we didn’t make the mission time windows.  And it was looking really tight for each mission we got!  We had been somewhere in the top 5 for almost the entire rally, but anything could happen on the last day.  As we celebrated making the finish line in Riverside and waited for the awards to be announced, we had no idea where we would finish.  The first time they called our names was for winning our car class – 2 years in a row!  They called us up again for the Social Media Guru award! That means we were the most active on social media and we tagged our host cities with all the amazing adventures they allowed us to experience!  Then they announced the overall winners… and it turns out we placed 2nd out of ALL the teams!!!  We were pumped! The best news though really came at the end of the night.  The producer got up to tell us there was some really big news: Through the efforts of our Fireball Run teams and their families/associates, TWO MORE MISSING CHILDREN HAVE BEEN LOCATED!!!!!!!!!!!  That was the most amazing part of this whole adventure!

Shea & I loved getting to partake in this incredible production, from which 20 webisodes and a movie (premiering at the Orlando Film Festival next year) will be made.  We have many people to thank for putting us in the Fireball Ball Run: O’Brien Watersports, Great Lakes Boat Top, Westland Covers, TrueCar, Hendrick Honda, RFX Transport, Lucas Oil, SayiWon't, K&N, Sportique, and BeatByAGirl.org. We also humbly express our sincerest gratitude to the communities that hosted us and to the whole Fireball Run production. It was unbelievable!







September 12, 2013


As the season has been coming to an end, 

I've been getting more & more excited about the release of my new wakeboard!  Of course, I enjoyed the last few contests too.  I've been learning new tricks and I made finals at the last Pro Tour stop and at Nationals.  I was very happy about riding well, but the real highlight of my summer has been kept a secret until this past weekend: Surf Expo!!  This is where all the 2014 products are released to the rest of the water sports industry.  So here it is... My 2014 signature wakeboard, the O'Brien Spark!

It received great response from guys and girls alike! I heard a lot of positive comments about how stoked people were that it wasn't super "frilly looking" - meaning pink, purple, or teal, with flowers and bows.  To be honest, I wasn't really trying to make a massive statement with my graphics. I just wanted something that represented me - colors and themes that I like. In the early stages, I met some resistance from people in the industry, saying that it wasn't feminine enough.  But the thing is, who cares? I don't need to fit in the stereotypes of what women wakeboarders "should" like. I don't need my board graphics to remind me that I'm a woman. In fact, I'd rather have my grahics remind me that I'm strong, and edgy, and a badass! It breaks my heart when girls buy guy's boards because they just don't relate to the women's boards graphics.  So there it is, my stylish, fun, amazing wakeboard. I hope it sparks your passion too!

In other news, my awesome husband, Cobe Mikacich, won the Legends Award at Wake Awards during Surf Expo!  There have only been 10 recipients of this award.  It was quite a weekend!  The guys who organize the awards had given me a heads up about a week before, so that I would have a chance to get some of Cobe's family and friends rounded up to attend.  Cobe had no idea! He thought that someone would tell him if he was going to win. So, since no one said anything, he was pretty sure that he wasn't winning.  He was even going to go home and skip the awards this year.  Instead, his whole family flew in from California and surprised him right before the awards! Cobe was shocked! He gave an emotional and heartfelt acceptance speech.  We are all so proud of him!









May 27, 2013

This past weekend I rode in the 54th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard event. Very few athletes are invited to compete, so it's a big deal to even get to go.  The Masters is held at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain,GA.  I've been attending this event since I was a baby.  My mom used to compete in skiing, my dad used to do the commentary, and then when I was old enough I got invited to ski in the Jr. Masters. I have skied in the Jr. Masters, skied in The Masters, and wakeboarded in The Masters.
This year was by far my favorite.  Not to say I wasn't nervous, but I definitely felt like I had a better calm & confidence going into the weekend.  As always, the heats in semifinals are super tough.  When only the top few riders get invited, there are no easy heats. I ended up 2nd seed in the 2nd heat, so I got to watch most of the other Pro Women ride before me.  Some stood up & some had rough rides.  The thing about this particular lake is that it's usually glassy, but with tons of rollers.  By the time it was my turn, I knew that if I could keep composed out there, my run would be enough to make finals.  The water was very bouncy but I stood up my 1st pass, even landing a new trick at the end!  In my 2nd pass I had 1 fall, but I got back up & finished out my pass & got to ride back to the dock.  So pumped!  What a great feeling to know I did enough when it counted!
That night we went to a showing of "Purpose" - a film about the truth of Jesus, told by action sports athletes, including me. :)  "Purpose" is so impactful! It was amazing hearing everyone's positive reactions to the film.  After the film we went back to the O'Brien cottage for a team dinner.  Delicious! And always a fun time with that crew!
The next day was finals.  The event started with The Parade of Champions - a boat parade featuring all Masters finalists.  This was my 1st time in the parade! I shared a boat with Brian Grubb. Everyone on the pavilion was cheering so much for all the athletes! It was an invigorating experience!
After that, I hung out in the O'Brien booth for awhile, helping people try on bindings and whatnot. Finally it was time to ride in finals.  I was first off the dock. I felt good & ready & happy to ride.  As I got into the course the boat was bouncing like crazy. Still, I had a solid first pass with 1 fall at the end.  My 2nd pass felt good too until I fell on my ts off axis 5.  That was lame.  I definitely could have done more.  But when I swam in, Shaun Murray was there telling me how well I rode & what a big deal it was to make finals at Masters. And he was right. It was an incredibly successful weekend! I was so happy!

I still have more I'm working towards but I felt like I had already made a huge step forward. To finish out the weekend, we went to the Animal Safari & then to the Masters banquet.  There we took photos with some of my O'Brien & Malibu teammates.  I felt very blessed to have the support of such great family & friends!


 February 28, 2013

Interview on WakeWorld.com

"Although she's gone from one famous watersports name (Benzel) to another (Mikacich), Tarah Mikacich has been quietly making a name for herself. Once you've been introduced to her bubbly personality and experienced her drive to progress in all she does, it's no surpise that she's successful in just about any undertaking. Even in the off-season we had to catch the busy Tarah between projects so you could find out more about her..." http://www.wakeworld.com/news/feature/tarah-mikacich-2.html
      





January 12, 2013

Freedom Wake Park Opens in Orlando! (press release)

COBE & TARAH MIKACICH ANNOUNCE NEW SITE FOR WAKEBOARDING & WAKESURFING LESSONS

After running a highly successful private coaching program for several years, Cobe and Tarah Mikacich have opened up a new location for wakeboarding in Orlando called Freedom Wake Park.

Cobe, one of the sport’s best ambassadors, has been working on this location for five months, and has been diligent with permits and regulations, because he knew this was the best venue. “It’s been a lot of work, but it feels good to know we have found the best spot for our students.” Cobe said. “This site offers perfect conditions for wakeboarding and wakesurfing and we have plans to set up a System 2.0 cableway with rails.”

It’s no secret that Cobe and Tarah have been training some of the best junior riders on the scene, as many of them are on the podium at King Of Wake events across the nation. “Developing junior riders has definitely been an area of focus for us,” Tarah said. “But we also help all kinds of riders from all over the world — from first timers to people training for the Pro Tour. And with wakesurfing’s growth, we’re going to offer specialized wakesurfing camps and have fun with that side of the sport as well.”

With a Malibu WAKESETTER VLX and full gear lineup from O’Brien, Freedom Wake Park is fully operational, so be sure to contact them for any inquiries. Also supporting the park is Ten 80, SAYiWON’T, Shred Ready, Indo Board, Hangtyte, B4BC and Great Lakes Boat Top.

Freedom Wake Park

7200 Lake Ellenor Drive Orlando, FL 32809

407-257-4325

FreedomWakePark.com | Facebook.com/FreedomWakePark | Twitter.com/FreedomWakePark

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November 25, 2012

I got to ride in the Pros 'N Joes event the other weekend.  It was such a cool event!  They invited like 8 pros, and then assigned a team of amateur riders ("joes") to each pro.  I had a team of all girls.  It was so fun!  We all went in the boat together as a team.  I did 4 demo passes & then they each rode a contest pass.  The girls did great & it was a very memorable day!



October 18, 2012

Fireball Run Recap


I just got back from the most amazing journey! Fireball Run is a live destination-based competition with 40 teams made up of successful business owners and celebrities. For eight days, through 14 cities, and 2,500 miles we got hands-on with grassroots America, receiving unprecedented access and leaving destinations better than when we arrived.
From a fireworks send off in Independence, Ohio to a parade finish in Bangor, Maine, we had to navigate solely based off of clues. We could use anything and anyone to solve clues, and accomplish missions. Clues lead us to find pieces of history, roadside points-of-interest, attractions, brands, even pop culture. The only address we had was where we were to sleep at night and let me tell you, some days all we were looking forward to was going to bed! We went head-to-head uncovering clues, driving and running around like crazy for 12 hours non-stop every day to complete missions and bonuses (which were sometimes fake).
My teammate, Shea Holbrook (pro race car driver and my lifelong friend) and I competed against an astronaut, the president of the Rock ‘N Rock Hall of Fame and even a lumberjill. Some teams had exotic and sexy cars, others more typical and historic, and then there were the extremely odd cars. To ramble off a few: there was a Lamborghini Aventador, a 1981 DMC-12 DeLorean Time Machine as featured in the Back to the Future trilogy, a Ferrari 458 Italia, a Devon GTX, a Porsche 911, a Fisker Karma, a Rally Fighter, a water truck, an ambulance, and our sexy blue and pink hotrod, a 2012 Honda Accord V6 (with sat-nav of course) provided by Hendrick Honda.

Thankfully, we partnered up with some other more experienced teams to help us, as we were the rookies. Using more brainpower than horsepower, we were doing fairly well within the first hour of the first day when we snapped a photo (which we get extra points for) of a fellow Fireballer pulled over by a cop!
Uncovering clues led us to partake in some of the most amazing well-kept secrets in America. We sat in Lucille Ball’s Mercedes and held her Emmy, we also sat in Robert H. Jackson’s chair at the desk he used as chief prosecutor in the Nuremberg trials, things that no one has done since the pieces were restored. We got to drive at Watkins Glen Int’l and met president of the track Michael Printup, then met up with Skip Barber himself at Lime Rock…and then there were pumpkins. Yes, we raced in gigantic 500-1,000 lb pumpkins in the water with a paddle. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting the hard working people of Cummings Diesel and felt the power of a 500hp diesel engine that they make for 18-wheelers.

Speaking of great people, every town we went to truly hosted us. We would roll into town seeing thousands of proud citizens on the streets welcoming Fireball Run. The community effort was… unbelievable. Towards the end of our journey we went to the real graveyard where Pet Cemetery was filmed, and re-enacted a scene… I played the priest.  We also went to town where there had been two battles in the War of 1812. I put on the silly hat and got to shoot the musket!  While we actually did many other things, these were some of my favorites.
Lastly, I’ll share one bonus that seemed a bit risque from the beginning. We got very up close and personal with the beautiful Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, where we were to take a photo wearing ONLY a toga. I will never forget the face of a nearby sightseer when we ran by in bed sheets!
Everywhere we went we helped a local charity along the way. Together we donated over $10,000 in toys, sports equipment, learning games, and more. Some call Fireball Run a rally, car show, or a game and, in fact, all are accurate but it’s so much more. The purpose of the “adventurally” is to aid in the recovery of missing children by being a massive awareness campaign. Along the way people asked us how to donate and the truth is, “We don’t need donations to find missing children: We need people looking and we need business owners to be willing to hang a poster.

Each team got a child to represent from their region. Every time Shea and I stepped foot out of the car we had posters in hand of the missing child we were representing. In our case, it was youngster Donald Jackson. We wanted our team name to represent Donald, so we called ourselves PrettyTough4DJ. Fireball Run distributed over 200,000 posters and received $42 million worth in news media. We were covered by live stream webcast and local news everywhere we went. From this live rolling production, Universal will be making a full-length movie for next year’s Orlando Film Festival, plus a series of “webisodes” that will air on fireballrun.tv next summer. There were over 350 news stories regarding this year’s Fireball Run and its Race to Recover America’s Missing Children, which ultimately gave these children a voice again.
Fireball Run gave me a different perspective on life. In Schenectady, NY, at dinner we sat with a man who didn’t appear to be with the group. Shea and I said Hi… He introduced himself as: “I’m a father of a missing child you’re looking for, and he’s been missing for eight years.” Needless to say, I welled up. He told us how every day he wonders where he is or if he’s even alive. We hugged and the last thing he said to me was, “I can never repay you all for what you’re doing for my family.” Well let me tell you, that hug said everything – and I’m a hugger myself!
The last day of the Fireball Run was pretty stressful.  I’ve never done so many u-turns in my life!  We felt like we were far behind, but we didn’t know what position we were in because they stop posting results the last two days, to build the suspense. Given how competitive Shea and I are, we definitely wanted to do well. We were at the banquet in Bangor, eating a great dinner and sipping on some wine while listening to the awards, when suddenly we heard JJ refer to “The Girls.” We had won the Sedan class! I tell you, I’ve never been more excited over a plastic road sign in my life!
We have many people to thank for putting us in the Fireball Ball Run: O’Brien Watersports, TrueCar, Hendrick Honda, Lucas Oil, Growing Champions For Life, Ten-80, Race4Girls, Livin Over Board, beatbyagirl.org, Live Your Legacy Summit, and Hangtyte. We also express our sincere appreciation to the communities that hosted us and to the whole Fireball Run production. It was EPIC!


September 19, 2012

HOLBROOK & MIKACICH IN THE RACE TO RECOVER AMERICA’S MISSING CHILDREN

Orlando
, Florida – TrueCar Racing Pirelli World Challenge driver Shea Holbrook and professional wakeboarder Tarah Mikacich will enter their 2012 Hendrick Honda Accord in the 2012 FIREBALL RUN Adventurally; Northern Exposure, which kicks-off on September 21 from Independence, Ohio.

The Fireball Run Adventurally is a national live event and film series, headquartered at Universal Studios. The 8-day, 14 city, 2,200 mile interactive road rally and entertainment property supports the Race to Recovery of America’s Missing Children; the largest active recovery effort for missing and exploited children in the country. Each team is assigned a missing child from their home region along with thousands of posters to distribute along the route. A decal featuring the child is affixed to the vehicle, creating a rolling awareness campaign. To date, the effort has assisted in the recovery of 38 missing children.

Due to the signature cause, raising awareness for missing and exploited children, FIREBALL RUN and the Race to Recover America’s Missing Children has always had a strong following of women, especially mothers. In honor of our female followers, the 2012 Adventurally is celebrating women in professional sports. FIREBALL RUN selected Shea Holbrook to represent women in racing as she’s a part of TrueCar Racing’s Women Empowered initiative. In addition to being an accomplished racer and a strong female role model, Shea matches the Adventurally’s belief in purpose-filled fun.

Shea’s personality coupled with a commitment to professional excellence and helping others, as evidenced by her work with Duchenne muscular dystrophy project, made her a great choice for the FIREBALL RUN,” according to Executive Producer of the Fireball Run, JJ Sanchez.

“I was immediately on board when I heard the sole purpose of the adventure is to aid in the recovery of missing children. The Adventurally has already aided in the recovering 38 and I hope to add to that,” said Holbrook.

The breakout sport of wakeboarding has gained a lot of national attention and Tarah Mikacich, pro female wakeboard champion has what it takes on and off the wake as a real-life role model for young women wanting to make their mark.

“Girls coming up need to have a role model competing as strong as the boys, having it out there makes every girl want to push to do more- that’s the type of passion I am hoping to inspire,”Tarah said.

FIREBALL RUN is an opportunity for strong role models and their supporting brands to engage fans at live events as well as through social media. Holbrook and Mikacich have a variety of supports including, TrueCar.com, O’Brien Wakeboards, Hendrick Honda, Growing Champions for Life, Lucas Oil, Race4Girls, Livin Over Board, beatbyagirl.org, Live Your Legacy Summit, Ten-80, and Hangtyte.

Shea Holbrook and Tarah Mikacich will be raising awareness for the recovery of missing 2-year old Donald Jackson, from Naples, Florida. “We know Shea and Tarah will bring the same desire to the Race to Recover America’s Missing Children as they do in their own careers.” said David Hickman, FireBall Run EVP, Marketing.

To navigate the route and score, teams may use anything (and anyone) at their disposal to solve clues, and accomplish missions. Clues incorporate history, road side points-of-interest, attractions, brands, even pop-culture; anything in relation to the team’s geographical location. Locals, Fans and the Media will be welcome to meet the teams in each destination. Fans nationwide will be able to watch LIVE on FireballRun.com/LIVE beginning Friday September 21st as the 40 character-driven teams and their unique vehicles begin arriving into Independence, Ohio for Saturday’s pre-rally events and the exciting green flag start 10AM Sunday, September 23rd. The rally will continue to be streamed live online and tracked via GPS as the participants rally through Wellsboro Pennsylvania, Jamestown and Watertown New York, Waterbury Connecticut and Ogunquit, Maine, until its dramatic conclusion and parade finish Saturday, September 29th in Bangor Maine. Keep a look out for team #PrettyTough4DJ in their Hendrick Honda Accord Sedan V6 Auto EX-L with navigation.

Keep up and help the girls via social media:

Home page: www.HendrickHonda.com/FBR

You can follow Shea on Twitter (@SheaRacing) and become a fan on Facebook.

You can follow Tarah on Twitter (@TARHMIK)

Hashtag their team name in search for Donald Jackson #PrettyTough4DJ

 

About FIREBALL RUN

The FIREBALL RUN Adventurally is a national live event and film series, headquartered at Universal Studios. The 8-day, 14 city, 2,200 mile interactive road rally and entertainment property supports the Race to Recovery of America’s Missing Children.

The Race to Recover America’s Missing Children is the largest active recovery effort for missing and exploited children in the country. Each team is assigned a missing child from their home region along with thousands of posters to distribute along the route. A decal featuring the child is affixed to the vehicle, creating a rolling awareness campaign. To date, the effort has assisted in the recovery of 38 missing children.

Participants range from business leaders and politicians to billionaires and celebrities. Past notable drivers include Jeffrey Donovan star of Burn Notice, Lamborghini legend Valentino Balboni, NASCAR’s Geoff Bodine and NASA Shuttle Captain Winston Scott. The 2012 Adventurally features women in professional sports as part of the notable cast.


September 10, 2012

What a weekend! The last few days we were at Surf Expo - a huge water sports industry convention that happens every year in Orlando.  Pretty much everyone involved in wakeboarding, water skiing, surfing, etc. comes to Orlando for a 3 day show and all the companies introduce their products for next year.  I got to spend a lot of time with the crew at O'Brien, Malibu, Ten 80, Honu, Shred Ready, and Point Conception.  I'm stoked on all the new gear, especially my new graphic on the O'Brien Vixen.
There's always so much going on during Expo.  One highlight is usually Wake Awards.  This year, I had a video played as a nomination for Women's Trick of the Year.  It was a "switch transfer 270 on 270 off" that I did on our transfer box.  It didn't win, but it looked good! ;)  I also got to shoot one morning with the guys from wakeworld.com.  My buddy JB O'Neill was in the boat and took a few shots too.  I'm really thankful for all the support this industry shows me!



August 15, 2012

We did the 2013 Ten 80 Clothing catalog shoot last week in Santa Rosa Beach.  I love it up there!  The beaches are so beautiful!  We had some stormy weather that didn't want to leave, but we still managed to get some great shots!  Jeff Langley, Tracy Baynham, and I had so much fun in the ocean & around that cool little town.  Aaron Katen shot the whole thing, even some cool stuff under water!



August 6, 2012

Had a fun weekend in West Chester, Ohio for WWA Nationals.  I roomed with Miku Asai & Hayley Smith, which is always hilarious! And I probably had some of my best contest passes this season! For semifinals I was in a heat of 5 - I placed 2nd and made it through to finals! It was a really strong Pro Women's final with Amber Wing, Nicola Butler, Melissa Marquardt, Meagan Ethell, and Raimi Merritt all throwing down.  I rode well again & ended up 5th. Here are a couple pics from the event:



July 23, 2012


We just had our team O’Brien shoot for the 2013 catalog. We went out to this beautiful spot in the middle of absolutely nowhere! It was a great setup, but the coolest thing was that we built a rail together as a team! A bunch of us had brainstormed together about what shape we wanted it, and before the shoot my husband, Cobe, and few of the guys started plastic welding the top sheets so we’d have a head start. Once we were out at the site and we’d finished the morning shoot on the first day, we all loaded up in 2 boats and a jet ski to get all the parts & bring them back to a little shallow spot where we could build the rail.
It was pretty crazy how fast it all came together with so many people. We had people holding boats, holding ropes, holding wood, sawing wood, driving in posts, screwing in support beams, checking our angles, and trying to make it as stable as possible. I think we got it done in 4 hours! The end result was amazing! This is one of the smoothest & most fun rails I’ve ever hit!



June 9, 2012

There's a contest going on this summer called the Tige MyWake Global Challenge. It's a video contest that has winners each month of the summer & then finals in Orlando this September.  Basically, everyone enters a 2 minute unedited video of their riding (like, you can't piece it together & the video can't stop between runs or if you fall) & the videos are judged to pick a winner in each division.  There's a cash prize for pro divisions each month & then a bigger one at the end. I just found out that I am the Pro Women's winner in Tige's MyWake Global Challenge for May!!! It totally just made my day! Here's the press release:




May 4, 2012

My Press Release for Fireball Run:

Pro Wakeboard Champion Tarah Mikacich joins FIREBALL RUN


UNIVERSAL STUDIOS Orlando, Florida–

FIREBALL RUN is proud to announce Professional Wakeboard Champion Tarah Benzel Mikacich has joined the 2012 Fireball Run Adventurally; Northern Exposure as a member of one of this year’s Celebrity Teams.

 

FIREBALL RUN is an opportunity for strong role models and their supporting brands to engage fans at live events as well as through social media.

 

Due to the signature cause, raising awareness for missing and exploited children, FIREBALL RUN and the Race to Recover America’s Missing Children has always had a strong following of women, especially mothers. In honor of our female followers, the 2012 Adventurally is celebrating women in professional sports. FIREBALL RUN agreed Tarah Mikacich should represent women in water sports.

 

Tarah Mikacich is sponsored by O’Brien Wakeboards, and will join lifelong friend, Grand Prix driver Shea Holbrook in raising awareness for the recovery of missing 2-year old Donald Jackson, from Naples, Florida.

 

“Girls coming up need to have a role model competing as strong as the boys, having it out there makes every girl want to push to do more- that’s the type of passion I am hoping to inspire,” Tarah said.

 

“I agree with Tarah, we can’t wait to see her not only competing against the men in the rally, but also inspiring all the young women that attend the live events,” said Fireball Run Executive Producer J. Sanchez.

 

The FIREBALL RUN Adventurally is a national live event and film series, headquartered at Universal Studios. The 8-day, 14 city, 2,200 mile interactive road rally and entertainment property supports the Race to Recovery of America’s Missing Children; the largest active recovery effort for missing and exploited children in the country. Each team is assigned a missing child from their home region along with thousands of posters to distribute along the route. A decal featuring the child is affixed to the vehicle, creating a rolling awareness campaign. To date, the effort has assisted in the recovery of 38 missing children.

 

Locals, Fans and the Media will be welcome to meet the teams in each destination. Fans nationwide will be able to watch LIVE on FireballRun.com/LIVE beginning Friday September 21st as the 40 character-driven teams and their unique vehicles begin arriving inIndependence for Saturday’s pre-rally events and the exciting green flag start 10AM Sunday, September 23rd. The rally will continue to be streamed live online and tracked via GPS as the participants rally through Wellsboro Pennsylvania, Watertown New York, andWaterbury Connecticut, until its dramatic conclusion and parade finish Saturday, September 29th in Bangor Maine.

http://www.fireballrun.com/press/pro-wakeboard-champion-tarah-mikacich-to-join-fireball-run


April 6, 2012


I just got sponsored by Shred Ready helmets!Everyone there has already been amazing to work with!  My new helmets got shipped out the same day I joined the team...& they look awesome!  Take a look at my athlete page on their website:

http://shredready.com/team.php?m=94



March 12, 2012


There was a rail jam this weekend on the streets of downtown Orlando called Railapalooza.  It was a 2 pool set-up with a box, handrail, and rooftop-ish rail.  I finished 2nd with a front lip to front board, back 90 out on the rail, and a back board transfer to the handrail.  It was a fun event & lots of people came out!



March 1, 2012

We just had an incredible couple of days!!  We took some of the dancers from the Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour out wakeboarding with us.  It was so cool!  They are on a 3 year tour around the world and they had a couple days in Orlando before the show.  They LOVED wakeboarding.  Cobe & I taught all of them to get up, cruise around, and cross the wake.  Some of them even started jumping the wake.  They were so pumped!  They came back a second day & were just loving it!!  And they're filming all the adventures on tour - so we're looking forward to seeing the edit!!
Then, as a bonus, we got to go backstage before & after the show last night.  It was the most incredible experience!!  When we walked in, there were other performers that came right up to us & were like, "You're that amazing wakeboarder!  They showed us video from the boat!" :)  Talk about humbling!  Anyways, they took us on a tour all around, meeting Michael Jackson's musicians, and even in the tunnels under the stage.  One of the coolest things was that we got to take some of our close friends with us.  So fun!!



January 30, 2012


I just made my website!!! So here's my 1st blog entry:
We've been having an absolutely gorgeous winter here in Orlando.  Lots of riding in warm weather. :)  The crew from O'Brien was here a couple weeks ago to discuss new products, and plans for 2013 & 2014.  I'm excited about the amazing things in the works!
Cobe & I just got back from a trip to Sacramento.  We went out there to visit family. We even got to celebrate my grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary! Can you imagine 60 years? Unfortunately, I came down with some kind of cold, and I've been sniffling and coughing for the last week or so. I guess that's why I found time to put my website together! Oh, I almost forgot...Cobe & I both got awards this weekend! Cobe received the "Innovator Award" for his Hangtyte invention; and I was awarded "Coach of the Year" for the 2nd year in a row! So thankful!
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