When and how did you get into skateboarding?
“In 2014, in my first year of university, the first thing I bought when my loan came in was a complete set up from Welcome Skate Store. It was an impulsive buy with the intention to give it a go and use it as a fun way of getting to and from uni. I came to realise the route to uni wasn’t very skate-friendly, and quickly ditched the idea and devoted my time to competing in Karate (something I had already been committed to for years). When I changed universities, I decided to pick my board up again and went to LUU Skate Soc’s giag event – it was this society that shifted my commitment from Karate to skateboarding.”
What do you think of the Leeds/ northern skate scene?
“I personally think it’s sick but I have nothing to compare it to yet! But I think the Leeds skate scene has a really candid, friendly vibe to the community. Generally skating in the North has been great especially with more and more girls are skating all the time. I recently skated the 4motion girls night in Darlington (more north than Leeds) and was greeted with the same welcoming and honest atmosphere. I’ve been quite lucky in that nothing has really discouraged me as of yet.“
What do you love about skating?
“At first I loved the challenge; constantly falling off and the adrenaline rushes as you get faster. But now I love it for the sheer fun of skating with my friends and the social side of learning something so active with your mates.“
Where are your favourite places to skate and why?
“My favourite place to skate is mostly Hyde Park in Leeds for the moment, just because of the social side of it being quite a central place for the skate scene in Leeds so it’s easy to get to and there’s room for everyone. In the summer I particularly liked skating Micklefield for the sick bowl but I’d like to visit Thornes soon!“
Any tricks you’re learning right now? Or perhaps ones you want to try?
“At the moment I’m trying to sort out my no complies and frontside 180s. I’ll be tackling my pop shuvs soon after.“
Who are your favourite skaters to watch/ who gets you hyped to skate?
“My favourite skaters to watch are mostly my friends actually! Watching the people I skate with and seeing them progress gets me hyped to skate. I rarely have the time to watch skaters online but when I see Nora going for it on my feed that’s always inspiring!“