Sarah Meurle, the reigning European Skateboarder of the Year, has this lovely new section out for Poetic Collective. Hit play to enjoy Sarah’s smooth style, interspersed with her own photography, keep an eye out for Sarah’s board coming with the next Poetic Collective drop!
“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.
I always had the impression that you don’t really care about conventions, you just skate, like everyone should really. Do you make any distinction between women’s and men’s skating at all?
I started skateboarding because it seemed like fun, and that’s still the reason why I do it. Although all the politics around being a female taking part in a male dominated sport came with it. I think the main difference between women and men’s skating lays in society’s view of feminine vs masculine. Since the actual act of it is the same whether you’re a man or a woman, possibly that body shapes can make a difference but that’s all individual from woman to woman and it differs from man to man as well.
If anything it’s a psychological mindset of what you believe you can achieve, since you’ve seen it happen before, like back in the days when skateboarding videos were only available through VHS and everyone would learn that latest trick they saw of their favourite skater because they had seen it happen and could visualise it. So if nobody can visualise a woman doing a, let’s say; nollieflip nosegrind nollieflip-out it’s less likely that more women would do it. But you know, it’s still the same trick whether a man or a woman does it.”