WHY I SKATEBOARD
My passion for skateboarding began even before I actually began skating properly. I had learned how to skate a regular skateboard when I was just a kid, but from the ages of 14 to 16 I was fascinated with longboards and how they imitated the carves in surfing. Then finally I managed to get myself a classic pintail longboard and the way I saw the world changed. Simply carving through the streets can be fun if you engage with the different urban elements you encounter on your way.
I think the best thing skateboarding has given me is the ability to explore places and spaces. It has also allowed me to meet hundreds of people who share the same passion as I do all around the world while attending events and competitions. It’s also a sport which is tailored to you as you advance with no pressure at your own pace. It makes it relaxing when you want it to be and energetic when you really want to be active and release some energy. Tricks are addictive, you always want to learn something new, aspiring to be better than you were the day before and if you meet other people who also skate you inspire and learn from each other.
Small parts of longboarding, like going out onto a road in the middle of nowhere, where you are surrounded by nothing but fresh air, landscapes and the sounds of nature is truly amazing. I admire this sport because it has made me pay attention to the smallest details in my surroundings and it connects me with my environment.
MY FAVOURITE TRICKS
Coming from a longboard dance background I like flatground tricks. My favorites being the Double Rainbow (Fakie shove-it with a 180 body varial), 360 body varials and Hippie Jumps.
ADVISE TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST STARTED SKATEBOARDING
At the beginning it may seem really difficult, but once you have learned the basics, you’ll see the magic of this sport and your progress will boom in as little as a year. It’s actually incredible how good you can get in one single year. All you have to do is practice, practice, practice and practice.
MY FAVOURITE TEACHING STORY
I taught a child who was very unconfident and didn’t want to try anything by herself. She really tried to work though her fear of the ramps by the end of her third lesson had managed to do every ramp in the park. She was very happy with herself and said now she felt like she could do anything.