Caitlin Burns - Roller Derby/Quad Skater (NZL)

 

 
 

 Your Age: 26

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

Weapon(s) of choice: For roller derby: Antik AR1 boots, Suregrip Avenger plates and my custom Aussie Scott wheels. For park/ramps: Custom Vans Sk8-Hi set up with Chicks in Bowls trucks, sliders and wheels, TSG Knee pads.

What’s an average day for you like? A weekday for me goes a little something like this: wake, work, eat, skate, eat more, sleep. I train for roller derby two to three times a week, and on the days that I'm not training, you can usually find me at the skate ramp after work. Weekends usually involve more skating of some persuasion, quite often further afield - and then resting and eating some more.

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? The hardest part of both roller derby and aggressive quad skating is probably the first three months - the time where you're finding your feet, you keep falling over and you don't feel like you're making any progress. But after that, it all starts coming together!

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best: roller derby is a predominantly female sport, so it's a great place to make friends and meet other women who want to achieve and compete just as much as you! In aggressive skating, there's not generally that many girls at the parks outside of myself and my friends, so I always feel like I'm being a good role model for younger girls who want to shred, but feel like it's a boy's thing!

As far as the worst things, well, drama can get in the way sometimes, and falling on your behind in cute shorts can often end in a decent graze, but there's nothing inherently bad about being a woman who skates. The pros definitely outweigh the cons!

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? My personal style involves a lot of black, and mostly trying to be as comfortable as possible without looking like I've just gotten out of bed. In saying that, I love bold patterns and fun colors (as long as I can pair them with something black!). I LOVE doing my makeup though so you'll often find me in track pants and a tee, with a full face of makeup.

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? Vans and Chicks in Bowls are my two favorites! Other than that, I tend to go for whatever's on sale, because it just gets ripped up anyway!

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? There's no doubt it's dangerous, I've seen more broken bones in my time than a girl should. But, as is my motto, sometimes you gotta pay to play - and it's worth it. I'm very lucky to have not injured myself too badly!

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. My first attempt at drop in to a vert ramp was a pretty gnarly one. I managed to push myself off the coping a little too far and basically fell 12 feet onto the bottom of the ramp, cracked my head open (even though I was wearing a helmet!) and still have a large scar on my elbow. In saying that, I managed to get up there again and nail it the second time!

What is your favorite trick? At the moment, I'm really enjoying learning all the new slides and grinds that I can do now!

What gets you pumped up for the day? I am NOT a morning person, but hook me up with a breakfast of pancakes and a day of skating ahead and I'm stoked!

What are three things you could not live without? My skates, my cat and my fiance Jamie.

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? In derby, my favourite skaters include Stef Mainey, Freight Train and The Smacktivist, and in aggressive skating I love the styles of Indy Jamma Jones, Fink and Lady Trample.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? ...what is spare time? 

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? In derby, I'd love to make the Team New Zealand squad again. It's a huge commitment but also a huge honour.
In aggressive skating, I really wanna nail a good ho-ho and learning to be more comfortable carving in a bowl.

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? I'm 100% a miniramp chick. Gimme a 5 footer and some skatelite and I am a happy girl.

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? Woodward West!

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? Oh my gosh, my playlist is a little embarrassing! I often listen to quite old stuff, 70's rock and folk and sometimes a little Barbra Streisand to get my blood pumping.

How would you describe your riding style? Lucky. I tend to turn almost-bails into fluke tricks quite often.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I don't want to grow up! But, seeing as I have to, I'd love to be a graphic designer for a skate brand.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? You'll find the best of my skating stuff at instagram.com/hellfushia