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Skateboarding and fashion seem to be currently locked in a firm and rather passionate embrace. One of the many love children of this steamy union, is Stefani Nurding, the girl skater who's proof you can do both- compete with the boys and be into clothes (duh). Having studied fashion at Plymouth University and with hopes to study fashion promotion at Saint Martins in the New Year, Stefani has been spending more and more time in London - which also means more skating. This summer she's competing in competitions all over the globe, so we caught up with her before we had to say "see you l8r girl…"Name:Stefani Nurding Location:London Occupation:Skateboarder/Blogger
What are you passionate about?
Skateboarding and creativity, I'm always getting ideas and then I have to follow through with them right there and then
What time of day/night are you at your best and why?
I love mornings, I love coffee and breakfast is my favourite meal so it is a dream to wake up and have a lovely breakfast and a coffee and then go skate
What's your defining characteristic?
I am a good listener, that might sound lame but I think it is so important to give time and an ear to your friends
What keeps you up at night?
I think about skateboarding so much that I lie in bed daydreaming about practicing new tricks
What does ‘Pretty Tough’ mean to you?
It means that you can be tough and feminine. So many people think you have to be masculine to enjoy sports especially male dominated ones but to me it is important to show that femininity is not a negative thing
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
My friend Ken once told me 'show it who's boss' when I was having trouble learning to snowboard...I don't know why but that always kind of stuck with me, so now, if I'm learning something I think that and usually just do it!
What’s your favourite place in the world?
Huntington in California
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
So far I have never planned for anything and have just worked hard and tried to enjoy things and make the most of opportunities. I want to just see where life takes me..... It would be good if it took me to California :).
What’s the best thing about being a girl?
So many other inspiring and supportive women and also so many cool style ideas everywhere. Being a girl is fun
What does it mean to be a woman in your industry?
A lot of brands in and around the skateboarding industry seem to not be very inclusive of females, which means on the flip side a lot of women are pushing their own brands and projects and working together to make it more our own place in the industry, regardless of wether established brands want to get behind us or not
What does BABY- G stand for to you?
Vibrant and bold colours, fun and brave style choices.