Tel Aviv, Israel
It started in 2014. At that time I was rollerblading at the local park and one random guy just asked me if I want to try longboard. He had Loaded Dervish Sama, very loose and flexy. I said “sure, I used to skateboard” and jumped on it. At that moment I felt nothing like skateboard and almost fell 😀
For a couple of days he held my hand and pushed me, after he just gave me his second board, the oldest version of Dervish, and I started to learn by myself. At first it was pumping, because I saw him doing it and it’s just wowed me. Then I saw the other guy doing some dancing steps and guess what, it wowed me too!
What’s your favorite trick or thing to do on a board and why?
I really like to pump! It’s not even a trick, but it gives me a lot of positive energy, like recharging whole my body and mind.
How did longboarding change you as a person?
It gives me a lot of confidence and teaches me that you can’t learn anything without failure and that’s okay. There is nothing to be ashamed of.
Do you currently have a sponsor? How did that happen?
I’ve never been sponsored.
Do you have an everyday board, the board that you always ride with?
Oh yes – it’s Loaded Dervish Sama! Remember I said Dervish was the first board I stepped on? Love from the first ride!
What’s your setup?
Loded Dervish Sama, flex 2
Caliber Fifty 10″ trucks
Blood Orange Morgan Pro wheels, 70mm 82A
Do you have a crew or friends you skate with regularly?
Till this summer I skated alone and finally this season I found couple of guys who are learning tricks too, so we did ride together. And no, riding alone isn’t sad or something like that. It’s productive and can be fun too.
Describe the current longboard scene in Lithuania
Honestly, it’s crappy. I would say there is no community at all. Maybe someone from here will say that it’s not true, but in my eyes it is what it is. Lithuania is a flat land, but somehow downhill is really popular here. I think because of it’s stereotypical definition of “cool” and “manly”.
When I just started to learn about longboard dancing, there were a group of boys dancers and they were pretty good. After a year or something I joined them and we had our team, but it didn’t work out. I was the only one who was crazy about dancing, the other guy was more about downhill and third guy stopped riding at all. So that was when I realized that either I’m doing it alone or don’t do it at all.
I practised on my own with the help of YouTube and of course Hans Wouters, every evening at the local park, on the same spot, over and over again. Then I’ve got the advice from downhiller to create a longboard group in facebook just for girls, cause there where no riding girls at all and longboard scene needs us. I did that and things started to work out little by little.
This season was very good and productive because finally I met two guys who are stoked on dancing and freestyle and we are learning from each other.
To the end of the summer one riding session happened here 6 people joined me to learn some moves and share some fun! And I am really proud of everyone and hope that with each next year longboarding will get better and that “dancing is for girls” stereotype will be gone forever, because seriously I will punch in the face with Lotfis Lamali’s videos everyone who’ll say that.
Who inspires you (longboarder or skateboarder) that makes you want to push your progression! Why?
Well, I think everyone started from Hans Wouters videos 😀 at least here in Lithuania! Then of course Lotfi freakin Lamali with all that crazy speed and energy! Giulia Alfeo with her amazing dance flow. Abou with all his love for longboard dancing. Kate Voynova with a big range of tricks and instagram photos :D. And recently I find a lot of inspiration in beginners!
How did this person affect the way you longboard?
Every longboarder have impact on me and my style of riding, everyone has something you can learn from and discover new things.
Describe briefly what do you do outside longboarding?
Well, of course I work, but that’s not interesting. What may be interesting is that I do longboard stickers! I love to draw and to design things, so I came up with the idea of stickers from longboarder to longboarders.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I’ve been doing freestyle slalom skating on rollerblades for 3 years before longboarding. It’s when you have straight line of equally spaced cones and doing tricks with a dance moves.
What are your struggles right now?
Unfortunately, it’s that time of the year – bad weather and winter season. I don’t have place to ride under the roof, so it’s either no longboard or riding illegally on a parking lot.
One piece of advice
Do what you love even when you’re told the opposite!
A personal quote that keeps you motivated
Work hard chill harder.
I love rap/hip-hop, but mostly I just need a good beat. So I’m open to any genres and here is my playlist. Chill songs for dancing, more aggressive ones for learning tricks.
- Anastasija Židovlenkova
- Freestyle · Dancing
- Vilnius, Lithuania