Lillian Hubbard - Surf/Ski/Skateboarder (ME)

 

Your Age: 15

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Ogunquit River Mouth for surfing, Rye Airfield for skating and Gunstock Mountain for skiing and snow.

Weapon(s) of choice: Skis, surfboard, skateboard

What’s an average day for you like? Wake up and do some schoolwork at home because I'm homeschooled. On Tuesdays I go to the skatepark. On Friday's I go to the mountain. I will surf whenever there's waves. I love cooking and baking so I make dinner a lot of the times at night.

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? Usually finding your balance and getting comfortable on your board is the hardest. Once you become more balanced, tricks become easier.

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? I feel like it's easier to get noticed by sponsors or even just in general when you're a girl, if someone sees a girl shredding they're gonna be like wow, she's really good! There are so many boys shredding that people get bored with them and when they see a girl shredding they may think, "hey! That's different, I like her". The worst thing is that people don't always think we can shred as hard as boys which is completely untrue.

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? More competitions and oppurtunities for girls. In my area there's been some skate competitions but they are so overrun with boys that you can get intimidated and mess up. If they had only girls competitions or girls divisions competing would be more fun.

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? My personal style isn't much different than my style as an athlete. I try my best to be the best at every sport I participate in. Even if I'm not, which I definitely am not, if I think that way then maybe some day I will be the best in something.

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? SheShreds, PomPom, SurfScreen, my local surf shop Liquid Dreams, and Old Navy.


Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? If you feel good you look good. If you look good, you feel good.

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? I think surfing is probably my least dangerous sport because if you fall you're just hitting water and maybe held under water for a few seconds. Skateboarding is probably the most dangerous. You're on a board with wheels that's hard to stop once you're going and you're supposed to do tricks on it. No matter what, for every new trick you try, you're gonna fall, at least 5 times. There is protection so it doesn't hurt so much but hitting your hip or thigh really hurts.

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. I haven't had that many serious crashes except one time a couple years ago I had a yard sale at the mountain but I didn't really get hurt. I've never seen many crazy crashes just little ones.

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? When you start to progress that's what makes people more into it because they can start to keep up with everyone else. That's how it was with me.

What is your favorite trick? Surfing: bottom turn or cutback
Skateboarding: boardslides, backside air, handplant
Skiing: I don't know, I just like powder days ;)

Do you own any other toys? I have some old skateboard decks that I bring outside and ride them on the snow like snowboards but no bindings.

What gets you pumped up for the day? If the waves are pumping I get excited or if I get to go to the skatepark.

What are three things you could not live without? All my boards, my family(including my dog) and the ocean.

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? Don't be a kook.

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My mom isn't so into sports and my dad is mostly into windsurfing but he used to surf and skate and my whole family skis so probably my dad.

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter? My mom and dad. Also some kid I met at the skatepark last time had some cool angle ideas for videos.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? I like to read Harry Potter, and I have a skate ramp at my house for extra practice.

How about in the off season to stay in shape? There is no off season for me since I'm in so many sports. The only sport I don't do year round is skiing. I do surf and skate all year round.

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? I want to participate in more competitions and get more footage of me shredding. I want to drop into the vert ramp at my local skatepark.

What do you do to prep for a competition? I've only ever been in surf competitions. I usually get up early and get prepared and head to the beach. I will then warm up by stretching and heading out into the water before my heat.

What competitions and other awards have you won? I've only competed once and I got 4th for surfing. I plan to attend all competitions next year though.

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? Surfing: I enjoy both shortboarding and longboarding almost the same.
Skateboarding: I like the bowls the best and I'm starting to learn rails which are fun too. I like all skateparks but mostly ones with a bowl section or big mini ramp section.
Skiing: I love powder but I've started to hit the boxes and stuff too.

Favorite conditions? Surfing: 2-4 feet clean, glassy conditions. Morning in the summer is the best.
Skateboarding: doesn't matter so much as long as there aren't a million people at the skatepark.
Skiing: powder or freshly groomed.

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? Surfing: Southern California, they have my favorite kind of conditions there almost every day.
Skating: Southern California, they have the best skateparks and basically one in every town, both indoor and outdoor!
Skiing: Utah or Colorado, those mountains are beautiful.

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? I have a playlist that is mostly made up of reggae.

What turned you on to your sport? The community. I wanted to be a part of that. For skateboarding I wanted to improve my surfing.

Any new moves you’re working on? Surfing: they're not really new, just trying to perfect them. Bottom turns, cutbacks.
Skateboarding: frontside airs, down slides, backside disasters, 360's.
Skiing: boxes, rails

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Landing tricks is the best thing you can do in your sport.

What other extreme/action sports are you into? I like snowboarding but I've only gone once because I don't have my own board. I wake Surf also which improves my surfing.

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? That's a hard one. Probably hanging out with my friends and family. Reading, cooking.

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? My fish shortboard or my trick skateboard. Those are my favorite sports they make me feel so free and accomplished.

What’s the trick to riding and not hurting yourself? Push yourself but not so much that it's out of your league. If you are just starting out, try beginner tricks and not super hard ones.

How would you describe your style? Fun.

What would you say is your signature move? My signature trick is probably a backside air on my skateboard.

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding? Lemonade or water.

What do you want to be when you "grow up"? I would love to be a professional skateboarder. Professional surfer would be fun too. Or both. If that doesn't work out, I would like to be a chef at a restaurant.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to?
Instagram: @lillssk8_