Linda Vaughan is a kick-ass 26 year old skater from
Canada. I met her through her web page for chicks! Mama Rides Ramp.
Linda I love your webpage. What inspired you?
I started my web page for the same reasons
you're writing you're articles and I was sure surprised to find
out about all the other women out there skating.
What brought skateboarding into your life?
I picked it up for reasons that most chicks
would barf at... My husband was always out skating, and I was tired
of sitting at home while he was out. So I asked him to set up an
old deck for me. I got all padded up and then went to my buddies
backyard ramp. I fell and slammed and fell and etc. But after a
few hippers and twisted ankles I was riding transition. And what
fun it was.
Are you sponsored?
I am a novice skater. I am not sponsored
but my set up is Mad Circle with Destructo trucks and some hand-me
Do you have any kids?
Not yet. Still working on that. But I sure
would love to see some little rippers around. I just hope they don't
stray to the dark side... fruit booting.
What does your husband think about you skating, do
you skate together?
Well my husband taught me to skate. And what
patience he has... For the most part we skate together, although
he gets a lot of free time with his buddies. You know sometimes
I just don't want to skate with him. And I think there are times
when he really wants his space too.
Who do you skate with?
Well mostly Jason, my hubby and a couple of
our close friends, Joel and Mark. It's a relatively small posse
but I like it that way. No pressure.
What made you so determined to skate, rather than
find a more "girly" type sport?
Well I've always been interested in "boys"
sports. When I was little I was a Tom Boy. (I remember when I first
got breasts I was so disappointed cause I'd have to start wearing
a shirt in the summertime.) So yeah anyway, I've always loved the
non-girly sports. I used to ski on the Canadian Freestyle Development
Team in Moguls. And then I took up snowboarding and in both sports,
I love going big and going fast. So skating is naturally the next
do you think about the American skate scene now, with so many new
companies and new pros?
Well I haven't seen much of the states, never
skated there. Actually I find both countries' scenes hard to keep
up with. I am really happy to see some more chicks breaking ground.
I think it is excellent to give young girls the role models they
want. Screw "Barbie" I think little girls should get "Elissa" or
How do you feel about skateboarding possibly becoming
an Olympic event?
AH whatever. If it helps legitimize the sport,
Do you have any skateboard idols?
I love Elissa Steamer. I can't believe how
hard she skates and how hard she falls.
It looks like the big E has agreed to let me interview
her in a few days for Gurlz on Boardz. If so do you have any specific
questions for her?
Yeah, ask her if she wants to stay at my house
when she comes to skate the Calgary Skatepark. It opens in October
1999 (if we don't have snow). It will be the largest, free outdoor
park in North America. Well maybe just invite her to skate the park.
I'll pass along the invitation. Linda, on behalf of
Gurlz on Boardz and all the skate betty's of the world, thank you
so much for taking the time to share yourself with us. One last
question: Will you teach me how to skate ramp?
I sure will, Clarkie, that would rock!