Laura made this collage…oh yes, she’s artsy too.
Laura, the etnies Girl of the Month, is proof that good things can happen when your dad gives your bike away to charity. After sneaking out one night about three years ago, the Miami, Fla., native found herself in that particular predicament. Out of a bike and still not old enough to drive, Laura found skateboarding. Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. Now 16 and a junior in high school, Laura is old enough to drive but she’s definitely not going to give up skating any time soon. We spoke with her about why she’s an etnies Girl, her advice for girls who want to learn to skate and some of her favorite things.
etnies Girl: What are your interests?
Laura: My interests are skateboarding of course, and guys, getting my car and graduating high school.
etnies Girl: What are your talents?
Laura: I guess my talents are that I'm athletic and a creative thinker.
“When I go to the skatepark, some of the guys get pissed when I land something they haven’t.”
etnies Girl: How did you get involved in skating?
Laura: When I was young, about 8, I was channel surfing and I landed on the X Games. I was so interested in BMX, inline and skateboarding. I didn’t get a board till I was 13, though. My dad gave my bike to charity because I snuck out one night and blades were too expensive, so it was skateboarding from there.
etnies Girl: What do you like about etnies Girl?
Laura: I like etnies Girl because they are a big supporter for girls’ skateboarding and because Elissa Steamer, one of my favorite pro skaters, rides for etnies.
etnies Girl: Why are you an etnies Girl?
Laura: I feel I'm an etnies Girl because I am independent—I don’t like to follow the crowd. Last year a girl in my PE class asked me why I skate; I told her because not as many girls skate compared to the number of girls who play soccer, basketball, softball and other sports. I’m a person who always wants to be happy and make others around me happy. I’m a sensitive person. Everything I do has to be fun, whether because the task is fun or because I make it fun.
etnies Girl: What do you do for fun?
Laura: I mostly skateboard for fun. On days when I can’t skate I’ll watch TV, watch a movie, or go to the arcade.
etnies Girl: Where do you find inspiration?
Laura: I find inspiration from watching anyone skate, from beginners to pros.
etnies Girl: What’s your biggest accomplishment?
Laura: When I got my kickflips down. It took me like six months of practicing kickflips to land them one out of two tries.
etnies Girl: So you’re better than most of the guys you skate with, right? Are the guys pretty cool about it, or are they pissed that they’re getting schooled by a girl?
Laura: Yea, they’re cool. They just feed off of me to land stuff and I feed off of them. When I go to the skatepark, though, some of guys get pissed when I land something they haven’t. Whenever I go there’s always one guy who wants to play SKATE with me, but I’m not sure why.
etnies Girl: A lot of the girls who write in to the site tell us that they want to skate, but they’re afraid guys will make fun of them. Was this ever an issue with you?
Laura: I don’t think I ever thought about that when I started. I do find guys who make fun of me, but there are always going to be haters. I ignore their comments and think about all the good comments I’ve gotten.
etnies Girl: Do you have any words of advice for girls who feel that way?
Laura: My advice would be to ignore them and find people who you want to skate with and who want to skate with you. They’ll give you confidence and push you to skate harder.
etnies Girl: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Laura: The best advice I’ve gotten was from my friend who I skate with. About a year ago, he told me to keep my knees up when I ollie and don’t slam down. He told me that after I got clipped on this gap several times. I took his advice and I cleared the gap.
etnies Girl: What’s really important to you?
Laura: The people I skate with are important because I can’t skate by myself; I don’t get pumped if I’m by myself. Also, my family—they have always been, and will always be, there for me.
Laura’s Favorite Things
Place: Any skatepark
Hangout: “My friend Hector’s house.”
City: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Song: “Harnessed In Slums” by Archers of Loaf
Album: “Trapt” by Trapt
Band: Linkin Park
Movie: “Master of Disguise”
TV show: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”
Candy: Milk chocolate
Smell: New car smell
Guilty pleasure: Cookies ‘n Cream ice cream
Athlete: Chris Cole
etnies Girl shoe: Gal 86
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