Amanda Morfin - Longboarder, Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Your Age: 24

Your Location (where do you ride mostly):  I live in Chicago but I am riding thru the whole midwest mostly Wisconsin, Indiana and Southern Illinois. 

Weapon(s) of choice:  Longboard.. Nevada decks Rey trucks 

What’s an average day for you like?  I wake up at 5:30 in the morning to get ready and commute in the city longboarding to work. I’m a babysitter so my day is very active. I go everywhere. To the park, museums or different activities you could find in the city. I get off work at 4 and eat so I could go direct to school from 6:30 to 10:30. School is very important for me. It will help me complete one of my dreams. I want to become a physical therapist for athletes. On weekends when I’m free. I wake up early to get ready and travel a couple of hours to get to the hills. I longboard all day. I could downhill I could free ride i could do anything. I try to find new hills with my friends and prepare ourselves for the big competitions. When do I rest? Never… This life is filled with adventures and things to do… Maintaining my body occupied is the best thing that I could do to live a life filled with happiness, motivation, energy and love. Shred on sister. 

 

 

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? The easiest part is to step on a board and push. You will find it very fun and the wind in your face will make you smile automatically. Then it starts getting difficult when you start to learn the ways to stop on your board. Especially at high velocities. Once you learn a couple of slides it gets better when you start putting more velocity into them. It’s difficult when your body gets injured but with motivation and practice that goes away and all the fun comes back. 

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport?  Best thing is that you are a woman that is practicing an extreme sport. You are out there and it’s only you on your board in the mountains. You travel you meet people you laugh and you learn. It is difficult because there is few girls riding in this sport so having a women’s division or recognitions in an event or competitions is difficult to find.

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes?  More recognition for the girl rider. More feedback on how she is doing in her sport. In my experience I started to learn last year and it was hard for me because the guys could be a little shy on telling you what are you doing wrong and how could you improve. So don’t be shy and ask if you have questions or if you want to learn something in specific. 

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I'm a very positive girl. I love to see the happiness in others. I like to learn as well as teach. I live in the moment because its all we have and we should make it the best of all…im a strong person. I choose my goal and I go for it by action and positive thoughts. Im sensitive but that’s perfect because I do not mind expressing myself in every way.. I am what I am and what I am is what you will see… 

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out?  Well mostly I go thru shoes a lot. I have to buy shoes every 2 months so I love to buy my DC shoes. There comfy and durable. I am in love with all things SheShreds! 

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best?  The way you feel about your self will reflect what other see. If I put on a bunch of makeup and I look gorgeous but I have no smile in my face people will just see a sad face. Not the 45 min I put into my make up or the 2 hours I put into choosing what dress I was going to wear. I love to look good and having my own style will always represent me. But the most important thing to rock any dress or a sweeter or anything is to rock it with a smile. 

How dangerous do u really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? This is a very dangerous sport. You really have to know what you are doing and be prepared in all times to action towards something that could turn on into really bad. There is several things that could happen while riding down a hill and if you are not prepared to action. Big injuries could happen. 

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. It's around July when I was visiting some friends up in Wisconsin. We were 4 riders down the hill and things started to get really fun and fast. We decided to take a run down the hill with a full push and a full tuck. As soon as we got all our momentum we started to draft train. (Holding hands while riding down the hill) it was 4 of us in the draft train and I was the second one. When approaching the biggest curve the guy in front let go of my hand. Witch gave me the confidence of accommodating my foot position to take the curve. While accommodating my foot position the guy in back of me decided to let go and pushes me hard thru the corner making me wobble on my board and we fell. I fell so fast that the impact made me slide off the road hitting a pole, the pole did not stop me and made me fly towards a bridge that was next to it. Bridge did not stop me and made me fly off the bridge. That was the slowest moment of my fall. I looked down into the river while falling and I just thought I should lift my head since there was rocks and the river was not that high. Hit the rocks and there was no time for me to even breathe. My adrenaline rush was so big and I was too worried about my friends. I crawled up into the road holding to the bridge and saw everybody was ok. We later discovered we were riding together in a velocity about 50 miles per hour. That was my most insane fall I’ve ever had. Glad everyone is ok. 

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport?  The adrenaline rush they feel when they go fast.

What is your favorite trick? Pre-drifting corners is my favorite part 

Do you own any other toys? I longboard and that is the best toy I could have  

 What gets you pumped up for the day? Music, my goals and the fact that I’m alive and I could do whatever I want. Also the weekend…its my time to travel and ride. 

What are three things you could not live without?  Food, my motivation of being the best I could be and a huge smile every day. 

What are your expectations for this activity/sport?  To prove my skills as a person friend and athlete. To travel and to meet new people. To go faster and enjoy the wind in my hair. To be the best every day. To have fun. 

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now?  My family. My family has always been there for me and sometimes they don’t understand why do I put so much energy in this extreme sport but they will always cheer for me and care for me when I’m injured.   

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)?  I have several riders that I love but the people that ride with me will have to be on my top list. They might not be the first in the world but they are my friends and they have helped me grow. Tired gang crew, the Sketch squad crew. 

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing?  When I’m not riding I have a very busy life with school and as a babysitter. I love every moment because it’s still helping me grow as a person and it has made me leave a part of me to others.

How about in the off season to stay in shape? I exercise at home a lot . Also to keep up with my physical therapy but I love to travel. So the cold winter I go to Mexico and get a lot of riding down those big hills. Also I try to learn to snowboard and snow skate is so much fun. 

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season?  I have been accomplishing my goal witch is supporting a company that will help me grow in my sport and also represents all the girls that practice an extreme sport. Sheshred has made me very proud of helping girls to get out there and spread some energy with a sport. I also want to go back to Mexico and ride the hills down there. That will give me lots of practice for the big season coming up next year. 

What do you do to prep for a competition?  I eat healthy prior days before. I prepare my board and safety gear. I make my exercises to heat my body and stretch before any riding. I give a big smile and high five to the person next to me and I’m ready to ride. Confidence is key.

What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non sports accomplishments also.  This year I got to win first place in a push race (gnarnia) in Ohio. I also had the pleasure to win first place in Nebraska Omaha in an event called Hummel Havoc.  I got to get second place in Michigan Grand rapids in an event called Grand Rapids Urban Downhill. I got sponsored by Nevada Decks an awesome company that makes his own boards. It’s a company that has been growing little by little. There is more riders rocking Nevada Decks because they love that concave and the stable board they handle. Skating suits is also sponsoring me. They make leather suits for downhill longboarding and there suits are very durable. I’ve had mine for a year and it has hold all my falls. It has help me ride in the rain and has awesome protection for all your body. I will soon rock my new leathers with SheShred logo. 

What’s your favorite “way” to ride( wake sport- specific, cable, boat, winch)(Snowsport specific- park, freeride/backcountry, urban)?  I love to downhill longboard. But free-riding is a lot of fun. Also pushing is way to much fun and a lot of good exercises. Street skating and dancing could be fun too. But my favorite will have to be downhill longboard. 

Favorite conditions?   I love sunny weather. I love the sun every day. But I don’t mind riding on a sunny refreshing day of fall.  Riding in the rain is more dangerous but so much fun. Just be extremely careful. 

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why?  Not sure yet… I want to ride everywhere…the world is so big and beautiful its hard to choose just one place

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone?  I do not listen to music while riding. I think its very important to be aware of your surroundings and be able to hear everything while riding in city down a hill or where ever.. I love to be aware of whats going on while im riding. 

What turned you on to your sport?  I use to ride my board to the store or little places. When I was invited to a downhill event just to volunteer and I saw the adrenaline in the faces of the riders. How they couldn’t hold more and wanted to ride faster. How in the night they will smile party and dance for the next day to race. That’s when I realized I had to be in this sport and ever since.. in every event I go to I love to see that adrenaline face this sport gives you. 

Any new tricks you’re working on?  I'm trying to master my toe-side pre-drifts at a higher velocity and make my standups slides look better. 

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport?  Riding in the rain has to be one of the coolest things I’ve done. This past weekend I competed in an event that I loved and I got to ride in the rain again. I was given as a price some caliber trucks and I gave them away to this girl that really needed new trucks. I think that was very cool of me to do. Girls should support each other and the new trucks will only help her improve. This sports gives us so much friends and that is way to cool of a thing. 

What other extreme/action sports are you into?  I love hiking, im learning to snowboard and snow skate and when I can I love to skydive.

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have?  I will probably dance. I love to keep my day active and on the go. I love music and dancing is fun. Exploring and traveling are my favorite things to do… so I will probably go out to the world to travel and explore and dance for life. 

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why?  Definitely My Nevada double down Deck.   

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself ?  Do not doubt yourself while riding. You have to know how to stop. Keep your lane. Respect riders and the environment. Be intelligent of what you are doing and ride safe but with a big smile. 

How would you describe your riding style?  Crazy! 

What would you say is your signature trick?  Smiling 

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting?  Water….Water is life.

What do you want to be when you grow up?  I never want to grow up. Jajaja … I have goals that I want to accomplish and it takes time to get to them and one of them is to become a physical therapist so I could complement it with massage therapy and treat human body like its support to. I also want to be happy every moment.