Elizabeth Montavon is a name synonymous with excellence and innovation in the world of professional water skiing. As a third-generation pro skier, Elizabeth's journey on the water is marked not only by her impressive list of titles but also by her unwavering commitment to the growth and betterment of the water ski community.
As a 9-time National Champion, 3-time All-American, US National Team member, US Team of the Year award recipient, US Open Champion, Pan Am Champion, and Waterski Pro Tour Stop Champion, she has ascended to the top echelons of the sport. Her inclusion in Palm Beach Illustrated's 2022 "30 Under 30" is a testament to her influence and achievements in the sport and beyond.
Advocacy and Influence
More than her victories in the water, Elizabeth finds profound fulfillment in sharing her journey and insights. Her philosophy is simple yet impactful: empowering others in the water ski community to be smarter, better, and stronger. This ethos extends to her pivotal role as the Director of Athlete Marketing & Social Media at Parity. At Parity, Elizabeth leverages her expertise to enhance the visibility and financial opportunities for women athletes, working tirelessly to bridge the pay gap and amplify athletes' control over their careers. Her own success story, marked by numerous national and international titles, is paralleled by her effective use of social media to shape her career and personal brand. At Parity, Elizabeth continues to utilize these skills to empower other athletes, advocating for equity and autonomy in the sports industry.
To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.
Personal Life and Entrepreneurial Ventures
Off the water, Elizabeth's life is just as dynamic and inspiring. Together with her husband Stevie Island, also a pro water skier, she co-founded the lifestyle brand Ski or Die. Their brand embodies a mantra born from a relentless pursuit of excellence in water skiing, advocating for strength, tenacity, and fearlessness. Ski or Die has quickly become a collective dedicated to the spirit of never settling, of skiing against all odds, whether in calm or stormy waters. Ski or Die is not just a statement but a way of life for those who dare to chase one more buoy, one more point, and one more foot in their skiing endeavors. In addition to their brand, Elizabeth and Stevie bring their experience and opinions to the airwaves through their podcast, where they dive into their experiences on the pro tour, tackle hot topics in professional water skiing, and share insights into effective cross-training and the mindset required for winning. Their show is a game-changer, offering a unique perspective that reshapes how competitive water skiing is viewed and experienced.
Living in Florida with her husband and their dogs, Elizabeth Montavon is not just an athlete; she's a visionary, constantly pushing the boundaries of what's possible in both her professional and entrepreneurial endeavors.