CHRIS & NIKI CULMA

By LANNA APISUKH

 Chris by Lanna Apisukh

Chris by Lanna Apisukh

Full Name: Chris C.

Age: 27

Occupation: HR Benefits Administrator

Instagram or website: @chris_shr3d / @late.skate

 

How long have you been skateboarding and what drew you into it?   

I’ve been skating for around 13 years now. I got tired of watching all my guy friends skate on our block and decided to go for it.

Fill in the blank… Skateboarding makes me feel:  

Free from the obligations of life

What’s it like to have a twin sister to skate with?  

I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. It’s really something to share what you love with your best friend/twin.

Is there ever any friendly competition between the two of you?  

Here and there but it’s always chill and fun. We have pushed each other to go for new things.

How has skateboarding impacted your life? (e.g. personally and/or professionally)  

It has shaped my life by allowing me to be creative and confident in myself. I’ve met a lot of cool people through skateboarding that I may have never crossed paths with if I never picked up a board.

How do you balance your professional work life with skateboarding?  

Sometimes it feels like I live a double life. I’ll get dressed in the morning with my torn-up shoes and ollie some sewer caps on the way to the office. Then I’ll change to work appropriate clothes and go into HR mode. I’m lucky everyone is really supportive at my job when they find out I skateboard.

What skills or tricks do you want to master next?  

I would like to get my kickflips on point and then go for varial flips. I also want to skate more bowls and street spots.

Do you have any tips or advice you can share with other females that want to learn how to skate?

Don’t compare yourself to anyone or let anyone put you down. There’s always a what’s next? with skateboarding, and that is the beauty of it.

 ©Lanna Apisukh

©Lanna Apisukh

 Niki by Lanna Apisukh

Niki by Lanna Apisukh

Full Name: Niki Culma


Age: 27


Occupation:  Deputy Director of Intake and Administration


Instagram or website: @nikisk8 / @late.skate


How long have you been skateboarding and what drew you into it?   
I’ve been skateboarding for about 13 years. When I was about 14, all my friends started skating and I thought it looked really cool and exciting so I decided to get my own board.

Fill in the blank… Skateboarding makes me feel:  alive and free.


Transitions (skate parks) or street skateboarding – what’s your favorite?
I love both but I started with street skating because there were no parks to learn transition at, but later on there were a lot of places to skate transition and it’s becoming my favorite.


What’s it like to have a twin sister to skate with?  Is there ever any friendly competition between the two of you or is it more of a supportive relationship?  

I think it’s awesome, it’s always nice having someone to skate and bond with, but I think it makes it even more special when it’s your best friend/twin. We are very supportive of each other and like to push each other to try new things and we give each other trick tips. We still play SKATE together so we have some have friendly competition lol

How has skateboarding impacted your life?  

Skateboarding has given me an identity and introduced me to a community of people who share the same love and passion for it. I have so many great friends because of it like @late.skate (on Instagram). It also makes me feel young and active even as I’m approaching my next phase of life and getting older.

Tell us a little more about Late Skate!  What’s it all about?

Late Skate is my [all-girl] crew, we all share a love for skateboarding and like having a good time when we’re together. It all started around the beginning of summer last year and since then we’ve had a lot of new friends join our group, sometimes when we all get together it could be like 10+ people. We have our own Instagram page where we share our videos and photos (@late.skate). We really enjoy motivating and encouraging each other to skate and we’re open to others who want to hang out or skate with us! It’s definitely a more comforting feeling when you’re at a park or spot with a group of people so I think it helps having a crew to share that with :)

How do you balance your professional work life with skateboarding?  
It’s not always easy explaining to your boss that you can’t stay overtime or go into work on a weekend cause you brought your board to work or plan to meet up with friends to skate haha but I find that I can balance it by skating as much as possible whenever I can. I do wish that I had more time to skate though.

What skills or tricks do you want to learn next?  
I would love to learn how to tre flip, I’m super close so I just need to practice more. I’d also love to learn how to land fs or bs airs on transition and a back disaster.

Any advice you can share with other females that want to learn how to skate?  
My advice is that everyone starts from the same place in skateboarding and learns at their own pace so that’s something to carry with you as you meet new people and learn new tricks, don’t forget to HAVE FUN and KEEP PUSHING!!