There is a love story behind how I started longboarding during the summer 2016. My first board (Luca Agill) didn’t survive my beginnings and ended being crashed by a Porsche, but, fortunately, both passion and a teacher stayed with me for good.
What do you think is the most important skill of a downhill longboard rider?
Calm mind and titanium ass are the superpowers we need. First matters for attempting endless slides and reducing panic while running down the hill, second makes is easier to live with the road rashes on your body.
Hills and races you look forward to and why?
I’ll be back for sure at KnK Longboard Camp because of the atmosphere and 16 lovely hairpins in Slovenian Alps. I’m planning to check many events and in Europe – it’s a wonderful way to meet people from other countries and safely skate awesome roads, like Alpenrauchen in Austria, Ghosttown in Italy and Pal’s Peak in Spain. Landscapes matter to me, so I dream about French Alps or Transalpina road in Romania.
How did longboarding change you as a person?
First of all, I discovered tons of girl power inside me! I didn’t believe at the beginning that I’m brave and persistent enough to do downhill. This is what we hear and see starting in childhood: women are weak and soft, they don’t conquer. It may sound outdated, but parts of this narrative still sit hidden in my mind no matter how much I try to get rid of it. I feel much more confident and optimistic thanks to skating.
Do you currently have a sponsor? How did that happen?
Deskshop started supporting me this summer, so I’m really excited. I pushed myself to the limit during this skate season, they noticed that, we got in touch and this is how it started. I help Deskshop to communicate their vision and share the stoke. So far, I’ve done my best to encourage others to try longboarding no matter if it’s cruising, dancing or downhill, and my sponsor supported me for good and for bad, even when I seriously fractured my ankle in September this year. That’s a good, fair partnership.
Describe your setup, what’s good about it?
I’ve tested several boards but currently my favorite is Alternative Fantail (2017) mainly because of its tail and overall shape. It usually goes with Bear Kodiaks trucks and Powell Peralta Snakes 66mm 75a or Powell Peralta Kevin Reimer 72mm 75a. I also started to learn my first dancing steps on Alternative Erget mounted together with Paris trucks.
Do you have a crew you skate with regularly? Do you guys have a name? How did you join?
Sure, there are more longboard freaks around! I’m a part of Longboard Poznań Crew which is a local community oriented mainly towards freeriding. I was introduced by my boyfriend and then I engaged in many friendships. We skate regularly as long as we don’t freeze up to asphalt, organize slide sessions, city cruising and sometimes meet just for a beer or two (or five – “na zdrowie!”). I usually take care about people who show up on the spot for the first time, try to make it the most comfortable for them and stay in touch later.
I also feel a part of Longboard Girls Crew which is a very important, non-profit initiative backing up women on boards and helping to build strong community. As a Polish “division” we have great plans to activate our energy for the upcoming season. Stay tuned!
Who inspires you (longboarder or skateboarder) that makes you want to push your progression! Why?
I’m really amazed by skills and determination of Emily Pross. I also often look at raw runs and edits of Sabrina Ambrosi to get inspired and to see the technique of particular slides. Candy Dungan makes a very meaningful example of inner strength and motivation to me, I keep my fingers for her successful recovery from spine injury. And last but not least, in my everyday life my biggest love, Łukasz Monkos, inspires me to make progress and challenge myself for which I’m very grateful.
How did this person affect the way you longboard?
I heard me and Łukasz look like two clones while doing hand down toeside slide.
Describe briefly what do you do outside longboarding?
I’m a researcher in the field of international relations and media, currently working in several projects and writing PhD.
What are your struggles right now?
Recovering from factured ankle. It’s a painful process, I temporarily can’t walk without crutches due to a surgery I went through at the beginning of October. Hopefully, I will be back in my normal life soon, including my board.
One piece of advice
Don’t compare yourself with others too much, it creates pressure and kills the fun.
Fuck how you look and put silver tape on your protections, shoe laces and butt if it still happens you fall, it will save your gear and skin.
A personal quote that keeps you motivated
More skate, less waste!
Besides longboarding, I take care about the environment pretty much by reducing plastics and waste in everyday life.
- Aleksandra Galus
- Downhill · Freeride
- Poznań, Poland