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She recently appeared in the ground-breaking “As If And What” movie, took a trip to Gran Canaria, has got sponsorship with UK faithful LovenSkate aswell as Da Kine, has won the UKSA National Championships, the Malmo Mini Ramp Comp and the Pioneer Girl Jam and taken 2nd at the UK Mini Ramp Champs and the NASS Girlzilla comp, and I am only naming a few!! Of course it’s none other than Lucy Adams, a girl who has rightly become the cornerstone of the girls skateboarding scene in the UK.
Here she kicks off our first community “pop quiz” interview and talks tattoos, chavs, little mermaid, bladers, bling and a healthy dose of skateboarding. Congratulations to our two winners Emily and Eileen who will be picking up the Skullycandy headphones and Lowlife Belt.
Q1 from Bette : Lucy – have you ever eaten anything unusual?! (i had snail recently – ughhh)
Anyone who knows me will know that I have had food issues in my life! I used to be what they call a ‘fussy’ eater! I am getting better now though….wit the exception of fish/vinegar and any other sauces, I eat most things?! You would never catch me eating a snail!
Q2 from Nikki : Have you got a tattoo?
I have two! One across the top of my back that says SKATEBOARD and one on the bottom of my back that says ‘No Other Love’. I’m also seriously considering getting the Chris Bourke for Lovenskate graphic – ‘For the Lost, Lonely and the Broken Hearted’!
Q3 from Ty : What’s the stupidest comment a chav has ever shouted at you?
The usual singing ‘sk8er Boi’ happens a lot. I tend not to listen to the comments as I have been known to get a bit riled up in the past….i’m way more chilled nowadays though.
Cheryl Cole I guess at the moment. I’m also a Bette fan.
Q5 from Kim lee : Do you think skateboarding will ever be an Olympic sport?
It will probably enter in some form relatively soon. Maybe something like Downhill will go in first as it’s a bit easier to judge and follows basic ‘sport’ principles a bit more than park/very skating.
Q6 from Alice c : Hey Lucy, what is one song on your I Pod that we would be surprised to know you listen to?
I don’t have an I Pod – but my partner does and I guess the most cheesy stuff on there that I’ll still listen to is ‘Steps’ or maybe ‘S Club 7’. We also have the ‘Captain Planet’ theme tune on there and some songs from the ‘Little Mermaid’!
Q7 from Sally : Lucy – what do you think of rollerbladers?
Rollerblading is over isn’t it?! There almost extinct down this way. I think they mostly just sit down and slide on the bums or feebly attempt grinds by rolling one foot past the ledge. They did used to have good steez though….where did that go? The only ones left these days seemed to be in tight jeans, I miss the shorts under trousers, below the arse look!
Q8 from Lois : Hi Lucy, Where did you get your sparkly ‘LA’ pendant and do you know if they do ‘LP’ ones? Haha x
That’s no ‘pendant’, that’s 84 solid rocks mate! you don’t even know dat s**t!
Freddy. Unfortunately Faye just couldn’t hit those notes in ‘Under Pressure’ like Freddy could!
Q10 from Dina : lynz adam hawkins recently landed the first 540 McTwist. What tricks going to be cracked next? And who’s the most likely to do it?
Lyn z will probably keep raising the bar in the vert field. I dunno, maybe she’ll spin the mega ramp….that would be rad. Marisa will probably keep pushing street skating along with Torres and Caron and those other Americans.
Q11 from Powley : Lucy, do you think that female skating is bitchier than male? To steal a slogan: Do you think that people should just shut up and skate?
Yes Boss! I think male skateboarding can actually be pretty bitchy. That be slightly the wrong term but male skateboarding is very elitist it think and the industry can be quite like an ‘old boys club’. Girls skating can be pretty bitchy but I think the scene is way more accepting of females with all different images and backgrounds. People should just ‘drink tea and get rad’ though!
Q12 from rhea goddard : Can u answer this one b4 ure interview? Are you sponsored by rubicon I am and I think its wicked and how long were you sponsored by em if u were b4 u got sponsored by etnies. I’m 12 and I wanna follow in ure footsteps cuz i think ure awesome
Rhea sorry I did not answer before the interview but yeah I guess Geoff and Greg have sponsored me as they helped me get to a comp in Malmo last year and without there help I wouldn’t have gone on that trip and had such a rad time! I think you should keep skating and really practice the basics to develop a solid and confident style. Then you’ll find it easier to learn harder tricks and switch tricks. Go for it!
Q13 from Danni : frontside or backside?!
Frontside smiths look best but backside for me is easier. With regards to turning…..frontside I reckon!
Q14 from flik : Quite a few years back now there was a review of young up and coming people in different professions which said that you would be worth £10million or something in the future? How close are you?!! What could the skate industry change to make it easier for riders to make a living out of skateboarding?
I was somewhat skeptical about that ‘Rich List’ and I’m sure you’ll understand why! I knew the list wasn’t realistic and I was reluctant to be on it however they were persistent and therefore I just went with it. I am no where near my first Million let alone my tenth! I have student debt and a mortgage and don’t think I’ll clear either of those anytime soon. I am happy though! I don’t think it will be possible for girls living in the UK to make a living out of skateboarding in my lifetime. I think it could be possible if there was someone good enough and they went to the States. That being if you meant simply just been paid to skate. If you mean maybe having a company and making a living from the skateboarding industry, then I’d say it would be hard but do-able!
I think the UK has quite a way to go and the first thing would be the creation of a governing body. This structure would allow for funding to be raised. An accredited qualification could also be developed and the coaching side of things would be more consistent and safe. Then you might be on the road to disaster in some peoples eyes, but there would be a hell of a lot more chance for people to make a career out of skateboarding.
Q16 from Marieke : miniramp or pool?
Small bowl with a spine!
Q17 from Eileen : Hey Lucy, What direction do you think female skateboarding is going in? Can you see more and more girls picking up the sport in the future?
Yeah more girls are starting all the time. I think that the more that towns and cities and even small villages keep getting better Skatepark facilities the more that skateboarding appeals to a broader proportion of users. Also there seems to be a lot more infrastructures developing within the female scene not only in this country but the entire world. There are websites for information and all that social networking stuff helps the girls contact like minded individuals and get out there, hook up and skate. Female skateboarding in the UK is probably at its strongest right now. Jenna’s video showed that there are a handful of girls really pushing it and there are also girls that are progressing their local scenes. Coverage is on the up too. The Sidewalk lot have been very supportive of events and been constantly chasing for photos and interviews…it’s up to the girls to get on it and provide these shots! First Light come on!
Q18 from Lois : Luce, what do you think about Ladies Monthly?!
It’s a rad concept! Bay was sick…but you should try to extend the skating time as 2 hours isn’t enough! 2 hours is a warm up mate! Really looking forward to St Albans although my baking isn’t up to much!
Q19 from rafa : What would you do if you won the lottery?
I have a plan…but it is secret! But I would definitely build my own Skatepark…well for me and my mates and also just some more round the country for far away friends! And I would by a place abroad for winter sun and a place in the mountains for snowboarding fun times.
Q20 from Tina : Which 5 “famous” people (dead or alive) would you invite to your dinner party? (and why)
Kelly Holmes – she is a beast and I’d like to ask her about her Olympic medals and experiences.
Trevor Wedd – Local skateboard hero, I don’t get to see him much and chat anymore, plus he is very funny!
Em – she too is funny and my best mate, her and Trev would get on well and entertain everyone.
Lec – Best mate…what can I say! Always want my mates around me.
Peter Smolik – Just to see how dope he is in real life! Ask him about Muska and shorty’s and just talk about skateboarding and the old days in his opinion!
Sorry that there were only 2 ‘famous’ people! I have a bit of a confidence problem with people I don’t know and hate small talk and the awkwardness when you don’t know what to say! Only being honest. I would find it hard to be with 5 ‘famous’ people I don’t know!
Q21 from Emily : If you had magic powers for a day, what would they be and why?
Power to be able to do 360 Flips on lock! Without thinking about them, just straight up bolts tre flips.
Q22 from stef : If you could eat Lunch with one famous person who would it be?
Q23 from stef : ….and if you have a good ringtone on your phone do you ever listen to the whole thing and forget to answer the phone?
My phone has had the ringtone Kelis Millionaire and has had for about 5 years! I’m well into it and sing it most times it rings. I’ve tried to change a couple of times but nothing seems to come close to that beat. Plus…it keeps me focused on my millionaire goal …hahahahaha
Thanks Lucy for taking the time to answer all these questions!!
We’ve already had e-mails from people asking if we could extend the competition, so it may be that we see a “Round 2″ in the not too distant future!!
Photos: copyright lovenskate : Top photo credit: Lex K