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.