Millie Clark - Flowboarder - Bedford, UK


 Your Age: 17

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Bedford

Weapon(s) of choice: Flowboard and Digitual SLR camera

What’s an average day for you like? I go to College five days a week and have a part time job and flowboard as much as possible, dispite this I don't think I have an average day. Every day for me is different which I love.

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? The most difficult part of flowboarding for a beginner is learning how to balance on the board. It's using different muscles together that most people haven't used before in that situation. Luckily there are loads of pro riders and instructors to help you get over that bump in the road and progress to the next stage. 

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best and the worst thing about being a female in flowboarding is the amount of girls who take up this sport. It's the worst thing because there isn't many girls who compete and others think it is easy for girls because there isn't much of a competition. Also because not many girls ride we have to remind everyone that girls flow too. However because not many girls compete it gives me the opportunity to prove to girls that we are just as good as boys.

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? I would like a lot more publicity within the sport to gives all riders the chance to show off and get more people involved. 

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? My personal style very unique. I can wake up one day and feel very girly and want to wear a cute dress and have flowers in my hair, but another day wake up and want to wear ripped jeans and a hoodie with messy hair. I know one thing, I don’t want to look the same everyday.

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? When I look in the mirror and think I look good I feel good. I feel confident, like I can go out and achieve anything I want to with nothing getting in my way. Whenever I don't feel me I always get up and try and look my best despite what I'm feeling because I know when I look good I feel good.

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? People don't normally associate this sport with danger however myself and a lot of the other pro riders know you can get seriously hurt, from just taking your toenail off to braking bones and being in bed for months.

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. I think the craziest crash I have seen was when the bodyboard champion collided during his run at the European championships. He had a suspected broken rib and despite being told not to carry on and go to the hospital he got up and tried his absolute best during the final. Unfortunately he didn't keep his title as champion but with a broken rib 4th in Europe was an incredible result.  

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? Flowboarding is extremely unique. It is indoor surfing for when the beach is out of reach.

What is your favorite trick? My favorite trick is called a Body Varial Combo. This is where I ride in switch then jump into regular but the board doesn’t rotate then I complete the tick with a 180 backside shuv it. 

What gets you pumped up for the day? The thought of what I can achieve in a day.

What are three things you could not live without? My music, My flowboard and My family.

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My biggest supports have to be my family and boyfriend who  help me in any way they can to make sure I succeed in what I do and support me when I get frustrated or hurt myself. I am lucky to ride with my boyfriend, Chris Forsdike. We push each other to ride our best and help the other with tricks we are trying to learn. 

How about in the off season to stay in shape? There isn't an off season within the sport of flowboarding because my wave is inside it is open all year round.

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? My biggest goal is to become UK and European champion and travel to the world championships. I'm hoping to complete this goal by 2017 and start setting more goals to achieve.

What do you do to prep for a competition? To prep for a competition I start practicing my 45 second runs. Deciding how I'm going to order and fit all my tricks in to show off what I can do. 

What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non sports accomplishments also. I have 14 medals hanging on my wall from flowboarding which I have achieved throughout 3 years of riding. I also have a few medals from my women's football competitions, Dance competitions and from taking part in Race for life each year.

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? My dream place to ride would be in Brazil at wave oz. I am currently saving up to take a trip there hopefully not too far away from now. 

What turned you on to your sport? Every year my family took a trip down to Cornwall and that’s where I started to surf, I fell in love with the sport and lifestyle. Unfortunately being 300 miles inland, surfing wasn't an easy sport to progress in. Therefore when Flowhouse Bedford opened 15 minutes away from my house it wasn't longer before I jumped on the wave to try it out and it is safe to say I fell in love with it from day one. 

Any new tricks you’re working on? I'm working on perfecting my tricks to make my riding look smoother and help it all flow together and land the trick anywhere on the wave. 

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? I think I would have a lot more free time without flowboarding, however I love photography, art and playing musical instruments, but I would still feel like something is missng.

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? My favourite board company is Mak Flowbaord. I am the only person in Europe to be riding one and feel very privileged to have one of their boards.

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? The trick is to be confident and not be afraid of falling off. Even the pros take a hit and fall sometimes but don't get too big headed or you will struggle to improve.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I have had a few ideas of what I want to do when I'm older but I'm still unsure, but to me as long as I'm flowboardig I am happy.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? YouTube:
Twitter: MillieClark_x
Instagram: Sqiudge_x