Her Perspective: Sabrina Ferreira
How long have you been skateboarding?
I started skateboarding in 2019, but started to pushing myself more to try different tricks in 2020.
What attracted you to skateboarding?
I was always interested in skating since i was very young. I used to hang out with my childhood neighbors after school every day and they had Tony Hawk Underground 2 on their Play Station. I would always play that and I remember how much I loved the soundtrack, styles & tricks. I just wanted to learn in real life.
What was the hardest part about getting into skateboarding?
It was really hard to convince my parents to get me a skateboard because they said it was a “boy thing.” I was never was actually able to ever convince them, so I bought my own board.
When I started skating at the local skateparks, it felt harder to deal with some guys than actually learning to skate. There were times it felt like I shouldn’t skate because of how uncomfortable the harassment made me feel. I used to be too afraid to talk to the skaters at the park because of the bad experiences I had in the beginning.
What would your advice be to a young girl getting into skateboarding?
For other girls that want to start skating, it can be challenging. But if you really want to do it, you have to be ready to push yourself and be prepared to go fail (and fall) a lot. When you finally accomplish a goal/trick, it’s literally the best feeling.
Skateboarding teaches you patience and also shows you that you are a lot stronger than you think.
It’s also important to remember to not take it so seriously either! There’s no right or way of skating as long as you’re enjoying it.