Meet Aida, a 16-year-old from Valencia, Spain, and our newest etnies Girl of the Month!
“Never stop dreaming. It’s when you don’t have dreams that you have a problem.”
etnies Girl: What are your interests?
Aida: I love theatre, so I attend the Acting School of Valencia on Saturday mornings. I also love drawing and painting, and of course skating and surfing.
etnies Girl: What are your talents?
Aida: I wake up really early, go to school, work, take care of my little sisters, stay up until 2 a.m. almost every day to be able to study and still manage to get some time to play the guitar, surf or skate, although I’m not an expert.
etnies Girl: How did you get involved in surfing and skating?
Aida: I’ve always wanted to learn how to surf and skate, but I got my first deck for my birthday in June 2005. I went to Girlie Surf Camp in Lahinch, Ireland, last September, where I surfed for my first time. Then I got a surfboard for Christmas, but wasn’t able to surf until April since waves in the Mediterranean are not that great.
etnies Girl: What do you like about etnies Girl?
Aida: I admire how much support they give to girls all over the world. By sponsoring surf camps such as the Girlie Camps one in Lahinch, they really encourage girls to surf and make surfing their passion.
etnies Girl: Why are you an etnies Girl?
Aida: I am an etnies Girl because I fight for what I want. I knew my parents wouldn’t be able to pay for my sister’s and my surf camp, so we worked all year to be able to save money in order to be able to accomplish my dream: to become a surfer. I work hard all through the year, but being able to do “surfaris” or to travel around the world in the summer is just worth it, even if people were always saying that I would not make it.
etnies Girl: What do you do for fun?
Aida: Drama classes are a lot of fun, but besides that I go to concerts, to the cinema, travel or hang out in a cool area of my city with friends. I also love to organize “girls nights” to be able to spend time with my friends.
etnies Girl: Where do you find inspiration?
Aida: I found a lot of inspiration in my surf teachers and the pros who were with us at Girlie Surf Camp, such as Easkey Britton, Mary Osborne and Candace O’Donnell.
etnies Girl: What’s your biggest accomplishment?
Aida: My biggest accomplishment has been to have so many adventures while I’m still so young. Traveling around with my sister, Laura, and my friend, Virginia, has been amazing.
etnies Girl: Tell us about your experience at Girlie Surf Camp in Ireland last year.
Aida: The camp was simply great—great people, atmosphere, surf and location. I loved the town, and I would love to visit it again soon. I learned a lot there, and I miss everyone every single day that I surf.
etnies Girl: You’re preparing to study abroad. Can you tell us a little about your plans and why you love to travel so much?
Aida: I like to travel because there are new and exciting experiences waiting for each one of us in different parts of the world. I love getting to know new people and cultures. I think there is a great difference between visiting somewhere as a tourist, or actually having a great experience there, and getting to live there the way locals do, even if it is just for a few days.
etnies Girl: You mentioned that you’re learning to skate and boys look at you like an “alien” because you’re the only girl at your local skatepark. Has that ever made you think about giving up?
Aida: I don’t go to the skatepark as often as I would like to because I have been busy with surfing and school. However, when I go to the skatepark, boys stare at me. I just turn around, get on my board again and try something new.
etnies Girl: Do you have any advice for girls who want to learn to skate or surf but are afraid of embarrassing themselves in front of guys?
Aida: I would encourage them to lose their fears and give surf and skate a chance. No one is born knowing how to surf, and we all have to go through a period of learning. One may have obstacles such as boys laughing at you, but I know that deep inside they admire us. The movie “Million Dollar Baby” is a great example of what girls should do: fight for it, and never give up.
etnies Girl: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Aida: “Never stop dreaming. It’s when you don’t have dreams that you have a problem.” My mother, Mila, says that to me in order to encourage me to keep up with all my activities.
etnies Girl: What’s really important to you?
Aida: My family is really important to me. It’s big, and I adore my three sisters. They are all getting into skate because of me, even if two of them are only 4 years old! In fact, the little ones are always stealing my skateboard!
etnies Girl: Is there anything else you would like to say before we go?
Aida: I was born in the water, and was trained to be a “Dolphin Child” when I was only one month old. I could sleep in the water. Although I have lost that ability, I have always been very close to water. After my friend Evan died, I look at life in a different way. I now know that I have to live life intensely, and that I have to take my fears away to be able to be what I want in life.
Aida’s Favorite Things
Place: “Every place has got something amazing. I just need to check them all out!”
Animal: “Squirrels, because they are no one’s favorite! And they are adorable, of course.”
Color: Red and purple
Hangout: Barrio del Carmen
City: “Minneapolis/St. Paul is one of my favorites. Rome was a lot of fun too.”
Song: “‘Martha,’ by Tom Waits. I was born while that song was playing.”
Album: “The Dark Side of the Moon” and “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd
Band: “I have many. Some examples would be The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Sum 41, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, The Ramones...”
Book: “The Catcher in the Rye” by JD Salinger
Movie: “‘Bringing Up Baby,’ ‘The Goonies’ and all Tarantino movies.”
TV show: “Family Guy”
Sport: Surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding
Game: “RISK is fun.”
Food: Mediterranean Food (Spanish and Italian)
Candy: Cherry or Watermelon Chupa Chups
Holiday: “Summer, because I get to travel a lot and I love the weather.”
Smell: Lemon trees
Hobby: Surfing, skating, playing guitar and acting
Guilty pleasure: Ice cream
Athlete: “All surfers and skaters who try hard in order to get better.”
Hero: “I don’t have heroes. One must believe in oneself.”
etnies Girl shoe: Gal 86, Callicut and Clear Cut
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