Photo: © Jay Smiledge
If you spend much time at the etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest, chances are you’ve seen Alize, our current etnies Girl of the Month and the newest (and youngest) member of the etnies Girl flow team. What makes her immediately stand out from the crowd is her phenomenal skating coupled with the fact that she’s pint-sized and probably wearing something pink. At just seven years old, Alize is absolutely fearless and on her way to becoming one of the best female skaters out there. We chatted with her about how she got into pool skating, why she’s an etnies Girl and her biggest goal.
“When grow up, if I’m a pro skater, I’m going to try to raise money for sick kids.”
etnies Girl: What are your interests?
Alize: Mostly skateboarding and snowboarding, but I also like animals, dancing, coloring and singing a lot. etnies Girl: What are your talents?
Alize: I think I’m good at skateboarding and snowboarding. etnies Girl: How did you get involved in skateboarding?
Alize: Well, I was snowboarding first, and my mom wanted me to keep up with snowboarding over the summer, so she got me into skateboarding and that kind of became my sport. etnies Girl: How did you get into pool skating?
Alize: What I did is I brought my street tricks inside the bowl and just pretended that it was a street course. etnies Girl: Does it ever scare you? You seem so fearless!
Alize: When I got my airs over the coping it sort of scared me a little bit. So I just started practicing and practicing, and I finally got comfortable with it. etnies Girl: Do you enjoy competing?
Alize: Yeah, it’s fun. I like meeting new people and I just like the good opportunity. etnies Girl: When did you start competing and how often do you compete?
Alize: I did my first one when I was four and it was against all boys! I compete a lot now, especially in the summer. etnies Girl: What do you like about etnies Girl?
Alize: I like that etnies does a lot of stuff for girls, way more than other shoe companies. It’s great because other people see about you and stuff, like with this interview. etnies Girl: Why are you an etnies Girl?
Alize: Because I’m myself. I learn tricks that I want to learn, not what I see everyone else is doing. I even skate in skirts! etnies Girl: What do you do for fun?
Alize: I like to play with make-up and dress up, I love the park, coloring, and I like hanging out with my friends a lot. etnies Girl: Where do you find inspiration?
Alize: Skaters like Patrick Ryan and Curren Caples. I see them skate and it makes me want to learn. etnies Girl: What’s your biggest accomplishment?
Alize: Learning my late grab. It took me three months of practicing everyday. etnies Girl: Why do you love skateboarding so much?
Alize: Because you get to hang out with friends; but you’re not just hanging out when you play with them, you’re learning too. etnies Girl: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Alize: My family tells me just to go out there and have fun, try my best and that anybody who tries their best is a winner. etnies Girl: What’s really important to you?
Alize: My family and a good education. etnies Girl: What’s one you’re your biggest goals?
Alize: Ever since I was about five, I’ve been thinking of a goal. And I thought of one. When grow up, if I’m a pro skater, I’m going to try to raise money for sick kids. My mom says that’s great and that even now I can try to do demos for sick kids. Maybe I can get my friends together and we can get $1 for each ticket and give the money to the sick kids. That’s my goal. etnies Girl: Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
Alize: When grow up I want to be a pro skateboarder, pro snowboarder and a veterinarian. I want to get off work, show up at the skatepark, change into some skate shoes and start skateboarding! Alize Video Check out video of Alize skating in last year’s etnies GvR skull bowl contest! Alize’s Favorite Things Place: Las Vegas and Mammoth
Animal: “I love all animals. My favorite is a pony and a horse.”
Color: Yellow, green, pink, black and white
Song: “I like the ‘High School Musical’ songs.”
Book: “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein
Movie: “High School Musical”
TV show: “Full House,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Hannah Montana” and “Fresh Prince”
Sport: Skateboarding and snowboarding
Game: “I love board games and Go Fish.”
Food: “House Chicken from Pickup Stix.”
Candy: “All of it but Red Vines.”
Holiday: Christmas and Halloween
Smell: “The flowers in my Grandma’s garden.”
Hobby: Bowling and swimming
Guilty pleasure: “Sneaking chocolate!”
Athlete: Cara Beth Burnside
Hero: “My Grandpa.”
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