Welcome to Sarah Meurle’s interview! Besides her clear vision and outspoken beliefs there is a pretty interesting thing in there she says; something that really makes sense but has never struck me before so clearly: Female skaters today are facing a similar situation as the few greying early 90’s veterans might remember from those days when skateboarding was far-off from being everybody’s darling; it’s about full on passion for what you love, letting strange looks of others roll off your back, doing your thing on the fringes, looked at as different. Thanks for that Sarah! Thanks for this reminder for some of the things that actually make up skateboarding, that make it so special. And thanks for doing what you do: Shredding in life and casually breaking barriers, with a smile.
Words: Jan Kliewer | Interview: Jan Kliewer & Tom Botwid | Pics: Pelle Hybinette & Alana Paterson
Hey Sarah. When I was young it felt very scary the first times I went to the skatepark as a beginner, and I imagine these obstacles you face as a beginner being even higher as a woman in such a male dominated culture, how did you start skateboarding and did you feel like you faced different obstacles than boys around you that started skating?
I was 13. Of course something like starting skateboarding was a bit of a statement, standing out, especially as a girl. I had never seen a female skate, only guys. To some extent that probably also triggered me to start since I always thought I had the right to do the same thing as the boys. Growing up with two older brothers had that effect on me. Me and my friend Angelica made our parents take us to the sports shop and get us a 20 euro skateboard. We would skate in secret for a couple of weeks mostly around her house. Later on we told the boys at school that we skate too, and they were very welcoming actually, we had a bit of a crew going around skating in Blentarp. I was filming us with my aunts old video camera. After a while Angelica quit but I continued on. I think the most idiotic comments I would face as for example walking with my skateboard down the street would be from guys who don’t skate themselves. The skaters have usually treated me with respect. Except from comments on the internet possibly which I’ve never really been bothered to read.
What does Poetic Collective mean to you? What’s your input in the company besides the skating?
It’s a skate company I feel fully comfortable in, some of these guys I’ve known since many years back. I see it as a collective with less of an hierarchy than most companies. With an open dialogue on what to do creatively and within the team but still some pretty clear ideas and visions from Tom and Paul on what we could do. I talk a lot with Tom about ideas, projects, problems.