Danielle, 49, Los Angeles
//English I got my first Board, when I was 11, it was pink and had Kryptonic wheels. We had a ramp in my backyard, because my brother was skateboarding. He was really good, almost a pro with 11. I had a skateboard for a long time. When I lived in New York, I skated to my work through the Centrel Park. I felt awesome! I felt free and it was fun. People looked at me, wondering, what I do there. I loved it! On my first Skatepark I was in Los Angeles. I don’t know if there were other girls, I mean, we were just kids.
I stopped, because of where I lived and worked. Since I have my kids, I had to be there for them and well you do, what’s expected from you. I gave my boy a board with 6, he didn’t like it first. When I was on the skatepark with him, it was me, wanted to skate and have lessons. I want my daughter to skate, too. But I don’t force her, I just encourage her. She has to come out on her own.
Five years ago, when I turned 45, my kids gave me a skateboard for my birthday. After all this years, I got back to my true self and do what I wanna do. After 10 years caring for others I wanna care for me. That’s why I skate and also play music.
The Skatemoms I found on an AARP-video. Well, nobody wants to be in there, AARP is an American sociation of retired people… But when I saw the group, I immediately wanted to be in this group. Yeah and we definitely need more girls in boarding, it’s a cool international community. And old ladys are even more social unaccepted on the park. That’s why I love it!