Amber Burgermeister - Longboarder, Wisconsin, USA

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Your Name (and Nickname): Amber Burgermeister

Your Age: I’ve had 21 trips around the sun.

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): I attend college and spend most of my time in Whitewater, WI, but I learned to skate in Milwaukee (my hometown).

Weapon(s) of choice: My violin and longboard! I’ve been slaying the strings since I was in kindergarten and boarding since I got out of high school.

What’s an average day for you like?  My days are a circus without a doubt. I am a music major in college so during the school year I’ve got nonstop class, lessons and rehearsals for almost 10 hours a day. So I really enjoy the serenity of early mornings and late nights.

 

 

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest?  It’s so easy to build up stoke! When I first started boarding, I would be outside all hours of the daytime and spend my nights watching countless videos. I think it’s toughest but most important for beginners to get used to wearing a helmet every time they step on a board.  They might feel like a major dweeb but some things are out of their control. They might have killer balance and maybe they’ve never taken a bad spill before, but they cannot control if a person driving a car isn’t paying attention and hits them.

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport?  There is absolutely nothing bad about being a female in longboarding! It’s honestly really great. I get to be one of the dudes, I get to be ridiculously goofy and dorky and they accept me.

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes?  Nothing really, I sometimes wish we weighed more so we would go faster and have a better chance and beating da boiz fair and square.

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style?  At school I try to look professional…but when I’m in my element I love to dress as FUNKY and fun as possible! Rule number one it has to be comfortable, rule two it has to fit, but I love colors and mixing crazy patterns. Thrifting is the best to get the most unique clothes. My problem is I need to slim down my wardrobe, I tend to hoard clothes because I am in love everything I acquire and nothing ever goes out of style to me! I wish more girls would build and embrace their own style and express their individuality. We all know what’s ‘in style’! Create your own and sport it for life!!

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out?   I’m a Vans girl! And of course I'm a SheShreds fan!

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? Confidence is everything! If you are confident and you love yourself, everybody will fall in love with you and consequently support you unconditionally. People love happiness, optimism, and a great big smile.

How dangerous do u really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities?  Any extreme sport is obviously dangerous. But people who participate and do them have an undeniable passion and need for adrenaline. I spend a lot of time sitting still through class, rehearsals, and practicing my violin, so I crave speed and risk to add some spice to my life! I need to live on the edge to feel like I’m REALLY living. Why would I want to play it safe when helmets exist? And books? And sleep?

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one.  This isn’t too crazy, just rattling. Recently I was at an event in Indianapolis, and I was in a heat of girls doing a short downhill race. We were kicking off the starting line and this girl had a really silly fall, lost her balance and broke her fall with her head. Luckily she was wearing a full-face and only suffered a concussion. It was just really scary how I got to know her so well the hours before and after she fell she was barely comprehensive and couldn’t remember anything.

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport?  I’d say the community. People who skate in general are super laid-back, friendly, supportive and welcoming.

What is your favorite trick?  I love to dance on my board! It’s a simple thing that really makes me feel free.

Do you own any other toys?  My parents got me into snowmobiling when I was younger, but they liked to go for scenic rides rather than anything speedy or risky. I got my own sled when I was 12. It’s an Arctic Cat Z 440, haven’t been out on it for a few years but it probably still rips.

What gets you pumped up for the day?  Every morning I dress in 90’s work out gear and do calisthenics in a corner in my bedroom. Then I look myself in the mirror and whisper cheesy Vince Lombardi quotes to myself. Just kidding, I really don’t care for football.

What are three things you could not live without?  How about things I could live without? Mean people, shoes, politics

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now?  Obviously my parents are my biggest life-supporters. My mom doesn’t like that I longboard because of the risks and I’m her only kiddo, but she still puts up with my shenanigans. Her and my dad always make sure I have the best protective gear, and they truly support me in whatever I want to do.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing?  Anything outdoors, anything crafty. I love to be around friends, but I also love my alone time.

How about in the off season to stay in shape?  Winters are really tough for me, I am a huge wimp when it comes to cold weather. That’s why I never really got into snowboarding. We normally get a lot of really heavy snow in Wisconsin, so I’ll go a few months without stepping on my board. Which really takes a stab at my soul! I maintain my normal work-out routine, but those first few times I step on my board in the spring are always heavenly!!

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season?  It’s my primary goal to not injure myself too badly (this is for my mom). Road-rash is inevitable, but I’ve never broken any bones and I’m trying to keep it that way. *knocks on board*

What do you do to prep for a competition?  Voodoo and witchcraft obviously! And a delicious breakfast that will fuel me and not weigh me down.

What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non sports accomplishments also.   I haven’t been on a podium yet, but I love to do push races for fun! I have served a year as concertmaster for Whitewater’s Symphony Orchestra, and I have had an internship performing in the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra for two years.

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why?  My nearest, most tangible goal is to ride Maryhill! There is a She-Ride in August which falls on my birthday, so that’s pretty much a given that I have to make it happen.

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone?  My favorite thing is listening to some good trance when I’m riding late at night and the roads are empty. It’s something about listening mindlessly to a repetitive melody and a soft beat, it helps my thoughts slow down.

What turned you on to your sport?  Honestly I don’t really know. I just had an epiphany one day, went to my local skate shop and dropped some money on a pintail. I had always wanted to skate when I was younger, so I just made an impulsive decision and went at it pretty hard. So thankful I did!

Any new tricks you’re working on?  Always trying to learn new things! I learn best and accomplish most when I’m skating with friends so there’s the pressure to “not be chicken.” Right now I’m working on getting my slides down solid. And I ride goofy, so lately I’ve been trying to get comfortable pushing with my other foot so I can get better at riding long distance.

What other extreme/action sports are you into?  I love the rush of skydiving! I went for my first time on my 18th birthday, and have gone at least once a year since. There’s conveniently an airport near my campus that has a hang-gliding club that I can see myself getting into.

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have?  Inventing rad extreme sports.

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why?  My main squeeze is my Tan Tien, it’s really lightweight and versatile so it’s what I feel most comfortable on.

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting?  The blood of my enemies. Just kidding, water.

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Me! I just want to be me.