Meet Marina, a 16-year-old skater from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and our newest etnies Girl of the Month!
etnies Girl: What are your interests?
Marina: Skateboarding! It's my life. I also love Led Zeppelin—music has always been a big part of my personality. And I wouldn't be anywhere with out all my friends! Big up Da Pigeons! I’m also really interested in politics and psychology...but basically I think about skating 24/7.
etnies Girl: What are your talents?
Marina: I can skate, and skating is hard so I'm pretty chuffed. I can play guitar too but not extraordinarily well.
“When I land a really good kickflip it honestly makes my day.”
etnies Girl: How did you get involved in skateboarding?
Marina: When I was a wee lass, I watched some guys skating at St. Anne’s Cathedral before it got architecturally destroyed. I got to know them and started skating on a wee cheap set up. I used to go everywhere on that thing, even to the shop or just bombing hills before some “spides”—Belfast hard lads—stole it.
etnies Girl: What do you like about etnies Girl?
Marina: It supports female talent like no other company. Big respect, guys!
etnies Girl: Why are you an etnies Girl?
Marina: I'm individual and I have a huge passion for life. Skateboarding is who I am and I'll never let anybody get in the way of it.
etnies Girl: What do you do for fun?
Marina: For fun I skate, surprisingly enough. [Laughs] I also love Billy Connolly. I have many a good time with my best pal, Carly, and bomb hills.
etnies Girl: Where do you find inspiration?
Marina: I find inspiration in other girls [who skate]. Be it an ollie or a tre flip down a ten set, they make me smile. Also, any other skater who's appreciative of the money their folks put out for them skating…and those parents for understanding.
etnies Girl: What’s your biggest accomplishment?
Marina: My biggest accomplishment so far has been getting respect from guys and giving other girls the courage to skate in front of other people.
etnies Girl: Why do you love skateboarding so much?
Marina: I love the feeling once you've landed a good trick. When I land a really good kickflip it honestly makes my day. It's also universal—it brings people together all over the world to do what they love and that's amazing. I wouldn't be here without it.
etnies Girl: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Marina: “Don't push yourself, just do what you feel like and let yourself through in your skating.” Conhuir Lynn gave me this piece of advice when I was getting stressed out about footage in November 2004. I'll remember it forever.
etnies Girl: What’s really important to you?
Marina: Friendship is really important to me. If I didn't have my friends I'd be a different person. I'm a more confident person now and I'm always laughing and smiling.
etnies Girl: Is there anything else you would like to say before we go?
Marina: Love life. Skate. PEACE! Up da crews! Bomb hills, not countries!
Marina’s Favorite Things
Hangout: “Custom House Square—but I just skate there a lot.”
City: Barcelona and Dublin
Song: “‘The Power of Love’ by Huey Lewis and the News! Yeah!”
Album: “Led Zeppelin III”
Band: Led Zeppelin, Tool, The Beatles, Metallica
Book: “Harry Potter” and “A Clockwork Orange”
Movie: “A Clockwork Orange” and “The Big Lebowski”
TV show: “The Family Guy,” “Lost” and “Friends”
Food: Whole-wheat spaghetti
Candy: Dime Bars
Holiday: “Easter's good ‘cause it's not windy and cold but also not really hot and dry.”
Smell: Nag Champa and freshly cut grass
Hobby: “Skating, I guess. It's really all I do.”
Athlete: Arto Saari
Hero: “All my mates! Bonzo! Arto!”
etnies Girl shoe: Kingpin and Gal 86
Marina recently made this drawing of Arto Saari. Here’s what she had to say about it: “Conhuir Lynn brought it over to him last week, which is so amazing. I hope Arto liked it, but Conhuir hasn't been in contact yet.” Something tells us Arto likes it.
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