Your Age: 26
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): I live in London, so you will find me skateboarding in local parks most evenings or in more regional parks during the weekend. Living in a landlocked capital city means that I have to travel to catch waves! I usually surf in Portugal or in Devon (if there’s any swell!), and enjoy travelling further afar to places like Bali, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, Australia, and the Philippines to get my surfing fix.
Weapon(s) of choice: Skateboard, Surfboard, Snowboard.
What’s an average day for you like? 8am - Wake up and do some surf exercises at home.
9am - Skate to work and get changed into my suit.
10am - Start work in a medium size law firm in London.
1pm - Watch skateboarding tutorials on YouTube during my lunch break.
6pm - Go skating with my girls/boyfriend after work to various parks around London.
10pm - Finish skating and chill out at home.
During weekends I will either be skating ALL DAY or will head down to Cornwall/Devon for a cheeky surf.
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The fear is the most difficult part! Once you have got your balance, it is actually quite easy to get to grips with the basics. It’s the constant battle against your mind and pushing your limits to land harder tricks which is most difficult and can be frustrating at times. Once you’ve got your fear under control however, the sky is really the limit!
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? In surfing guys tend to be more likely to drop in on girls, as they wrongly assume that we are not going to take the wave.
I guess females are also often underestimated in skateboarding too. For example I’ve had guys attempt the same trick, which I’ve been trying to land for ages, right next to me just to make themselves feel better.
The best thing however is that the more girls who start shredding and breaking those boundaries, the quicker we can re-educate guys and change their mindset for good!
What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? More girls shredding! As the more girls who start, the higher the bar will be raised and the stakes will be more even with the guys. It would also be nice to have more girls at the skate park to hang out with!
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? At work I’m suited and booted, but once it hits 6pm my favourite combination is a baggy t-shirt, shorts and knee socks (if it’s warm!). I would definitely say my style is a laid back surfer girl type of style.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? Obviously SheShreds.co is my favourite, but aside from that I love wearing DC/Globe/Roxy/Nike SB/ Converse/Etnies/Vans/Oakley etc.
Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? Like with anything, you can't accomplish anything if you don’t feel comfortable. I normally feel most comfortable when I am confident with what I am wearing, as its one less thing to worry about. Although I must admit that although it may not be fashionable, I do like wearing knee pads/helmets/wrist guards when skating as they give me the confidence to attempt harder tricks.
How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Skateboarding can be gnarly! I constantly have bruises all over my legs, I have broken my wrist in the past and have knocked myself out (before I started wearing a helmet!).
I have also had quite a few falls in the snow park and a couple of sketchy incidences surfing too, but the feeling when you land a trick is unbeatable and makes all the pain worth it!
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. A few years ago I was skating at my local park and I was riding over this big mound and a kid on a scooter literally came out of nowhere, leading me to swerve and fall. My wrist hurt so much, but all the guys convinced me that I was overreacting and to continue skating. A week later I was skating at the same park and fell onto my wrist again, but this time I could see that something was wrong as my wrist swelled up straight away. I went to the hospital and they confirmed that my wrist was broken and recommended that I choose a “safer sport” (haha yeah not going to happen!)
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? Catching your first green wave, cruising down a mountain in the snow and landing your first “trick” are definitely the feelings which get you hooked. The culture and community vibe also keeps me coming back for more.
What is your favorite trick? I enjoy doing Half cab Rock’n’Rolls, but Kickflips will be my favourite trick when I eventually land one!
Do you own any other toys? I love my DSLR camera, my GoPro hero 5, my iPhone, my keyboard and all my guitars.
What gets you pumped up for the day? Well caffeine plays a large part in it, but I would definitely say watching skate/surf/snowboarding videos is a great way to get pumped for a session.
What are three things you could not live without? My skateboard, my surfboard and my iPhone to share my photos with all you girls.
What are your expectations for this activity/sport? To stay fit and healthy, to push my boundaries outside my comfort zone and to keep shredding until I’m 90!
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My boyfriend is always on hand to help me expand my limits in skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding and to encourage me to go travelling around the world in pursuit of my goals. My skater chicks also offer a lot of support. From holding my hands whilst I tried new tricks to telling me not to give up , I would not be where I am now without their patience and enthusiasm.