Rae Powis - Roller Skate/DH MTB - United Kingdom

 

 

 

 Your Age: 32

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): U.K.

Weapon(s) of choice: Moxi roller skates, transition Syren freeride bike, gnu b-prosnowboard. Occasionally double-up geisha wakeboard and lush off-season longboard (I'm still learning!)

What’s an average day for you like? I'm on a mission to visit and skate at every skate park in the UK. My average day involves a lot of googling to try and find the nearest one to where I happen to be.

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? There still not very many people roller skating in skate parks. Everyone's used to seeing skateboarders and BMXers and even inliners but quads, not so much. It can be difficult standing out this much, especially when you are learning and finding your feet. Fortunately there is a great community and if you get involved there's people to help you out when you are learning and make it easier.

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? I love being able to wear pretty dresses when I'm skating! I think quad skating is traditionally seen as more of a female sport so no one bats an eyelid. I also think it's funny to look really girly and then bust out some gnarly tricks.

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? I practically live in my collection of Power of Greyskull leggings.

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Aggressive roller skating can be dangerous, and injuries mainly happen by trying to run before you can walk. If you take your time to develop skills and get confident then it's not too dangerous.

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. I've had a few crazy crashes myself, but I've always got back up again.

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? The resurgence of aggressive roller skating after it pretty much disappeared in the early '90s is a fairly new thing. I think this gives it a lot of freedom as there's no set expectations of what you can and can't do on skates. People usually get hooked as you're free to develop your own style and tricks and there's no right or wrong. Everyone is jut doing their own thing and picking it up as they go along.

What is your favorite trick? Frontside box stall.

Do you own any other toys? I have all the toys! As well as mountain bikes, a longboard, a wakeboard and a snowboard I also make my own roller skates. I've got a set made out of an old pair of Doc Marten boots.

What are three things you could not live without? My phone - I'm always on instagram! My skates and my helmet (safety first!).

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? The Chicks in Bowls United Kingdom crew and For Heaven's Skates team.

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? My favorite skaters are Indy JammerJones, Bambi Bloodlust, and Barbie Luciana.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? I try and get down the climbing gym when I have time, that's always good fun! You can also find me at the beach most weekends.

How about in the off season to stay in shape? There's no real off season in skating - when the weather is bad I just skate inside. When I feel like having some one off I'll go mountain biking or swimming.

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? Bowls

Favorite conditions? Sunny!

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why?Venice Beach - it's so iconic.

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? I'm quite partial to Indie tunes.

Any new tricks you’re working on? 360 drop in. Backside Marilyn stall. Zero air.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Hanging out with the Moxi skate team in Barcelona and the Chicks in Bowls skate team in Vegas were pretty cool!

What other extreme/action sports are you into? Downhill mountain biking and snowboarding. I'm learning to wakeboard and longboard as well.

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? I would probably spend all my time trying to train my cat to do tricks.

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? I love my custom Moxi skates with Rival plates and grind trucks.

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? Confidence, going for it and not changing your mind at the last second!

What would you say is your signature trick? Frontside wrap-around, 180 out.

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Vimto.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I don't think I'll ever grow up.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? 
raeofsunshinesite.wordpress.com/
IG: @skaterrae
www.fhskates.co.uk