Your Age: 27
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): From Cleethorpes, But surf Mostly Scarborough!
Weapon(s) of choice: Surfboard firstly! Also long boarding and Snowboarding!
And if I'm not on a board I photograph as much as I can! Love film and Polaroids more than anything.
What’s an average day for you like? Average day is Wake up with a cuppa! No matter what I gotta have a Yorkshire Tea! Work days I normally longboard down the seafront to the skate shop I work in, then at 5 (home time) I go for a cruise down the seafront, then the gym, followed bydinner with my boyfriend and chill. Now if there is surf, we head out early, pack the car and head to Scarborough. Have a surf, come out for a dinner break and a cuppa. Then try and squeeze another session in depending on how cold it is!
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? Most difficult part I would say is reading the waves, understanding where to put yourself and once you got that and timing you are good to go. Gotta be fit too! Takes a lot out of you with the cold and paddling constantly. The easiest is having fun! Such a fun sport! Even if I go out and got hardly any waves or bad waves I would still be having a lot of fun. Especially when you are out there with your sea sisters!
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? Worst thing is just getting seen in a different light to males, but we are working on that! The best thing is being a role model to other females. And noticing and appreciating all other females in sports! Stand Together!
What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? Just to be seen the same. We are all human at the end of the day!
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? It depends on how I feel. Normally I'm a jeans and tee kinda girl, but I love getting dressed up and wearing dresses. It just depends on my attitude at the time. I am no good in heels though!
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? Mainly I like clothes that fit or look good. Love Vans, Poler, Carhartt, Roxy, Hurley, O'Neill, Glidesoul, Salt Gypsy, to name a few. Also love independent brands.
Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? I have in the past few years realized how much looking good and feeling good really does matter. I'm not saying to certain media standards but to yourself! If you get up and make an effort you feel better. I really look after my skin, hair and body now. It really does make a difference in your attitude towards yourself.
How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? It can get pretty dangerous, but it's good to just take your time with everything. Start slow and work your way up!
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. I've seen some good ones. I have had some bad ones too as I'm pretty awkward at falling. I had a bad time in the Mentawais on a wave called Macaronis. Feeling bit cocky, I paddled for a wave a bit out my depth and panicked, kicked my board out, and it came back over with the wave only to smash the rail into my face! Came up to blood everywhere. A guy paddled across and said I was gonna lose my teeth! I was freaking out as we where living in a hut in the jungle with no hospital around at all! But I was fine. Just a fat lip and a hole in my board I didn't lose any teeth!
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? The feeling of catching your first wave. If you don't get hooked from that then I don't know what will!
What is your favorite trick? Just love cruising on my surfboard. Hopefully I will get better and maybe learn more tricks. I can dance on my Longboard, though, and that's pretty fun!
Do you own any other toys? Besides a surfing, I love Longboarding. We have an amazing promenade in my town too which is perfect for it!
What gets you pumped up for the day? Music and Tea.