Valerie Vitousova - Longboarder (CZE)

September 15, 2017

Valerie Vitousova - Longboarder (CZE)

Age: 30
Location (State/Province): Czech republic
Sport(s): longboarding, roller skating, figure skating, yoga
Instagram Handle: @vallery_v

What does SheShredsCo mean to you?

The meaning has changed from the sympathy group of girls who shred to virtual family. I joined SheShreds because I liked the brilliant idea of gathering shredding girls across the world and all sport fields. And now I have new family gathering so many great girls. Even though, we know each other almost/mainly from social sites, I love following their achievements and progress, truly want to support them and I know I can ask them for help with every problem.

How did you get hooked on your favorite action sport(s)?

I saw a clip by Longboard Girls Crew and I immediately knew longboarding is the deal. I usually fall in love with a sport at a first sight I feel the good vibes and the energy from it I’m just like „OK, this is going to be awesome, let’s do this!“ And I’ve never missed this shot so far. Aside from longboarding I saw figure skating at the Olympics and went to the ice rink next week, I saw my friends roller skating in ramps so I joined them, etc. etc. The only exception is yoga, which I stated to study recently, which I had been recommended for long time. After some hesitation I gave it a shot and I can’t be happier. I practice positions and flows regularly and enjoy how different is the experience from my other sports. Guess yoga just needs some time to come to you itself.

What challenges do you face being a female in the sport?

I don’t admit such challenges. I just do what I like and don’t care if I’m female in boy sport. I’ve always chosen sports where I was one of few girls (sometimes the only one), so I don’t see such obstacles anymore. And I don’t care either if I’m compared to boys. I just do what I like, give my best effort and have a good time. If someone wants to compare me or judge, it’s his/her issue, not mine.

Where is the most unusual or exciting place you have done your sport?

Every hill in nature I can skate is exciting. I love going into the woods before the race to calm down, to enjoy the beauty and silence of forrest and mountains. There’s something powerful in it. And the contrast of fierce racing and calm majestic mountains is exciting every time! 
However, the most unusual place to skate downhill was through closed tunnel under city center.

What has been your most memorable moment so far?

I guess it has been this year Kozakov Challenge race. I was there for the first time five years ago as a spectator and I remember that moment I was staring at riders going down by 90 kph and instantly knew I would do downhill longboarding and I would take that race. It took me five years when I was woking there as a organisator and gathering courage. This year I finally participated and full filled my dream. Can’t wait to be back next year to get better!

Who/what are your inspirations?

Ladies who shred and stay they own. I love to see unique approaches and attitudes, when riders give something from their own personality into the thing they do.
My great inspirations are Amanda Powell and Emma Daigle, who both have taken slightly different path in longboarding. And another is Valeria Kechichian, the founder of Longboard Girls Crew, who has done so much for women in longboarding with sustained energy and smile it’s unbelievable. And recently I see inspiration all around me in me SheShreds sisters. I see so many personalities taking their own way and doing it sooo well! Love it!

Favorite thing about SheShreds products?

Simply everything. I love the unique and cool stylish they’re but yet fully functional. I can wear them for shredding and also in my free time. It’s so comfy and well made. Very often m friends ask me where I got that piece of clothes and I’m very proud to answer that’s the SheShreds gear.

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