Calleigh Little - DH Skate/Distance Pusher - Massachusetts, USA

 

 
 

 Your Age: 24

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Bostom, MA

Weapon(s) of choice: Longboards of all shapes and sizes.

What’s an average day for you like? Skate miles to work, or school, then return. And on my off days, try to skate as far as possible to somewhere new.

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? Learning the gear is the hardest part. Long distance pushing/pumping can get very technical between deck height, wheels, trucks, bearings, etc. Figuring out what works best for your riding style and weight is the challenging, but ultimately rewarding part. Easiest part is being out on the open road, whether it's down a huge hill or miles away from home - nobody in control but you.

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? Best part is knowing that if you go somewhere far away, or somewhere different where you don't really know anyone, there's typically another girl there to hang around with and talk to. Worst thing is always being the minority, feeling judged, and having to work twice as hard to be equally represented as anyone else.

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? The only thing that's going to make skating better is more participants. I'd like to see a new generation of girls standing up and competing, and making names for themselves.

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? My personal style is Supergirl EVERYTHING. Supergirl represents a power in me, and is how I want to project myself onto others. Strong, empathetic, loving, learning, and growing.

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? When I do a long distance skate, I stick to Under Armour gear. When I did the 24 hour Ultraskate in Miami, the beaming sun and intense heat for the entire day required me to be comfortable and in good material.

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? Looking good is important! Looks aren't about your actual features, but about how you present yourself to the world. A good presentation is a marketable trait, and applying that to how the world perceives you opens people up to actually accepting you. There's a special feeling that comes when you step on your board knowing you feel ready, are ready, and look ready.

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Everything has its risks. Life is all about risks. Skateboarding just happens to have physical risks. And if those risks are worth it compared to any others that exist, they're worth it.

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. Craziest crash was my own. I was testing out a new set of trucks I hadn't tried at speed yet out in Western Massachusetts. A group of boys and myself found an awesome hill to conquer, and I jumped straight into it. However, the roads were still a little icy from the morning frost, and when I positioned my feet for a grippy turn, the board flicked out from under me and I did a backflip at 55 miles an hour. I slammed my head, backflipped again, and slid for a quarter mile down the road. Covered in road rash and with holes in my clothes that went straight to the skin, I HAD to try that hill again.

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? Adrenaline. Even in long distance skating you can feel it. Racing others, craving that slot on the podium and the recognition and affirmation that comes with it drives the heart rate crazy. Feeling lost on a long open skate, doubting whether you can make the return trip, and praying for a section of downhill to rest your pushing legs...those are the feelings that make it worth it after success.

What is your favorite trick? My favorite trick is being able to cross state lines and return home on a skateboard all in a single day.

Do you own any other toys? Mopeds. Putting around the city, weaving in between traffic, and racing others is a huge hobby.

What gets you pumped up for the day? After everything I've been through, waking up with two legs, two arms, a face, and the energy to keep going just amps me right up.

What are three things you could not live without? Skateboard, maps, and hills.

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? I expect that long distance skating will continue as is. It's a really niche sport that attracts people of all different walks of life. It takes someone really special to get out and push themselves as far as possible, as fast as possible. I expect that our skaters we have in it now will lead a positive example to bring new blood into it to expand the sport.


Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My aunt - who never questioned my identity, accepted me for who I am, took me in when I had nothing else, pushed me through school, and wanted nothing in return other than me being the best me I can be.

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? Everyone in the distance community. Truly a group of amazing souls.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? Plan trips to go skating.

How about in the off season to stay in shape? There is no off season. Even in Massachusetts where it snows in the winter, I push my board through every inch of it.

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? I'd love to get podium at a few IDSA races, but ultimately my goal is to skate across the country.

What do you do to prep for a competition? Wake up early, eat my weight in carbs, and take deep breaths until they say, "GO!"

What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non sports accomplishments also. Second place in both the Women's 24 Hour Ultraskate (172 miles) and the Women's Magic City Mayhem Garage Race

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? I wish I could say it was long distance, but I love downhill skateboarding so much more, as a hobby.

Favorite conditions? I spend the entire winter wishing for warmer weather, and the entire summer wishing for cooler temperatures. Anything but rain.

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? On mars. Nobody has done it, I want to.

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? Have you ever listened to No Doubt's album "Tragic Kingdom?" That gets me FIRED UP! So many ballads in there.

What turned you on to your sport? It began as a necessity for commuting. I was broke and didn't own a car or a bike. Then it became a crutch to hang on to when everything fell apart. From there, it became something I loved to progress on.

Any new tricks you’re working on? Right now I'm preparing myself mentally, physically and emotionally for skating cross country by myself.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? My favorite thing was skating from Boston, MA to Providence, MA in 8 hours. It was 82.4 miles there and back. I felt so accomplished.

What other extreme/action sports are you into? I snowboard when I get the chance, and I'm working on getting into roller derby.

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? I wouldn't be here if it weren't for skateboarding. Skating saved my life.

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? I've been glued to my custom composite 311 platform with G|Bomb brackets, Newton trucks, Speed Doctor Bearings, and Venom Cannibal wheels. It's such a comfortable ride, and I've been using it for so long I feel a strong connection to it.

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? Commitment and confidence. If you go in expecting to fall, you will. Never limit yourself.

How would you describe your riding style? Beastly. Head first.

What would you say is your signature trick? My signature trick is begging for more, even after a hard bail.

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Who doesn't like to settle down with an ice cold pint?

What do you want to be when you grow up? Intergalactic Bounty Hunter for the Trans-Dimensional Galaxy Federation.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? Instagram- @supergirls_panties, Facebook- Calleigh Alice, Snapchat- @sharksharkshark, Tumblr- trans-america.tumblr.com, Twitter- @supergirlLDP, Youtube- @clittle04