Tisha Yang AKA. Coach Teesh
Lead Skateboarding Instructor
🧡My WR Mahi...
In 2016, Gina (WR co-founder) messaged me on facebook to do a 5-week longboard course. We didn't have longboard gear then; my friend (Larry) generously lent us a bunch of longboards to do the session! From then, WR grew picking up term contracts with schools, sessions with youth groups.. Wasn't long till we started getting funding from Auckland Council Local Boards too!
🧡 My boardsports journey…
I got my first skateboard when I was 16. I practiced for weeks before I could ollie. 'Why do you make it look so hard?' said one of the skaters.
A year later, my friend Nico, introduced me to longboarding. The coleman slides looked so cool and I loved the smoothness of the ride.
Skating was my commute in Uni. I made friends who skated, we pushed each other to progress, it was fun.
🧡Reasons you love boardsports…
It is a humbling sport, it takes hours of practice to master. You think you've got something and the next day you've lost it. It's never a bad time, there is so much to learn, you make new friends, you're moving your body, the more you learn the more fun it is!
🧡What other ways do you cherish (manaaki) yourself? (personal wellbeing)
I love to dance, have been enjoying learning salsa and bachata! Must be why I also enjoy dancing on my longboard heh. Also enjoying making food for friends and family, especially eating it!
🧡What does being a part of the Wellness Riders Crew bring to your life?
It’s exciting being part of a movement in providing a platform for wahine to skate! So stoked to see so many girls and woman enthusiastic to learn, pushing their comfort zones, growing in their confidence and ability. It's awesome belonging to a supportive, positive gal crew with a sense of adventure.
🧡Advice for those learning to skate?
Wear your helmet. Skate within your limit, put some music on and don't give up!
Check Out Other Tips & Tricks section on the blog I have put together to help you on your journey!
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