Photos by Georgia Blackie.
Sugu Fu is a Sydney based roller derby and skate queen. She donned some new ALAS activewear in the skate bowl last week, and we got a chance to speak with her about all things rollerskates...
ALAS: What got you into rollerskating?
Sugu: When I started university about five years ago I moved to a very small city in Spain. At the time, I couldn't even stand up on roller skates. I found out that there was a small Roller Derby team starting, and that they were happy to teach you how to skate from zero. I had heard of Roller Derby before, although what I knew about it was pretty much that it involved rollerskates, girls, and that it looked a bit crazy. I didn't have many friends or things to do in that tiny city so I decided to give it a go!
What do you love most about it?
How rewarding it is when you manage to do something you wanted to do. It's hard to explain the pleasure you get from landing a trick or acquiring a skill, but it's so good! The people you meet on the roll is also a great part of it. Sometimes it feels like as long as you share the love of skating with someone, you will most probably get along with them straight up. It's like having instant mates wherever you go!
What challenges overcome to get awesome?
Going to the skatepark by myself is still the biggest challenge. Being a girl, on rollerskates, in a skatepark can be so intimidating. Skateparks are such a male dominated scene, and most of the times people there have never even seen someone rollerskating in a park... so it's an "all eyes on you". I get so self-conscious and jelly legged! It's such a stupid mind game that I'm still working on overcoming. No one is judging me, and honestly, if they are... they can kiss my booty!