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Skatehere 独家专访: “国内最年轻女滑手” New Balance Numeric 汤雅涵 aka “小西瓜”
“我第一次听说小西瓜是从我的朋友Jessica Ryon那边，Jessica曾在上海的Asian Championship结识过她，并告诉我西瓜是一位态度很正而且对滑板有着真正激情的滑手。 在那之后，我就在与Dan Leung还有Jasper Dohrs一起的NB#广州拍摄旅途中亲自见到了西瓜本人。结识新的朋友并在压力下滑板通常不是件容易的事，不过西瓜很快就和队伍里的人打成一块，我就想让她成为NB# family的一部分了。”
Foreword by Anthony Claravall:
“I first heard about Xiao Xi Gua from my friend Jessica Ryon who met her at the Asian Championship in Shanghai. Jessica told me Watermelon was a good skater with a great attitude and most importantly a good heart with a real passion for skateboarding. Right after that I was lucky enough to meet up with Watermelon in person on an NB# filming trip to Guangzhou with Dan Leung and Jasper Dohrs. Meeting new people and skating under pressure isn’t always easy but Watermelon immediately clicked with the team and I knew I wanted her to be a part of the NB# family.”
The Lil’ Watermelon Interview
瓜：我叫汤雅涵，大家都叫我小西瓜。我来自云南昆明，现在居住在上海。平时的生活就只是滑板。现在的赞助商有Psychos 滑板、New Balance Numeric 亚太区、井捌捌、Skalute。最近和NB team 在深圳、香港拍摄。
Skatehere: Can you introduce yourself for those you don’t know you?
Little Watermelon: My name is Yahan Tang, but everyone calls me Xiao XiGua (little watermelon). I’m from Kunming, Yunnan. I moved to Shanghai and have been living there for a short time. My life is all about skating at the moment. My sponsors are Psychos skateboards, New Balance Numeric Asia, #88thespot, and Skalute. I’m on a skate trip in Shenzhen and Hongkong with the NB team right now.
Skatehere: How did you get into skating?
Little Watermelon: There was a friend ask me to hang out one day and she brought a skateboard with her when she arrived. At the beginning I was just watching while she skated, but then I tried it, and immediately felt into it. I took my Lucky money (Hongbao) that night to the same skateshop and bought the exact same skateboard that she had; I still remember it was a green BD complete skateboard. My deck size since then has always been 8.0. From my first skateboard till now, it has been 8.0 the whole time, I’ve gotten used to it and don’t really want to change.
Skatehere: What has changed in your life after you started skating?
Little Watermelon: I feel that I really got in touch with life after I started skateboarding, things I did had more meaning. Falling over again and again but finally landing that trick is one of the happiest feelings ever. I think that is life, no pain, no gain.
Skatehere: Tell us about some of your favorite skaters.
Little Watermelon: My favorite male skater in China is ZiYang Zhang (ZZY). I really like his style, I think it’s unique and original, and he’s got awesome wallride tricks, which I gotta learn too! Ziyang’s also good a good demeanor, he’s super friendly to everyone, he’s given me a lot of advice on how to present myself properly. My favorite female skater is Lacey Baker, she has a certain magic to her, which influenced me deeply, and confirmed that girls can skate just as well as boys do. I really hope to cross paths with her one day and skate.
拍摄 Photo by Anthony Claravall
Skatehere: Can you share with us some of the experiences you’ve had at competitions or during filming missions?
Little Watermelon: For me, solo filming missions require a high success rate for tricks, sometimes you’ll try a trick 20-30 times but not even getting close and either change up the trick or spot. But when you’re filming with the team, everyone will hype you up, and tell you that you got it next try, last ten tries, you got it! The vibe is better and that’s why I like heading out with a team to a spot to skate and film.
Skatehere: What do you think is the most important thing to know as a skater?
Little Watermelon: I think, as a skater, no matter if your tricks or style is good or not, having fun for yourself is the most important. Skating is all about how it makes you feel. There is no specific reason I have kept skating; I skate because I like it, maybe i will not like it one day, then i will stop.
Skatehere: What is your favorite trick?
Little Watermelon: My favorite trick is Varial Kickflip
瓜：我现在穿的鞋款是NB Numeric 598，最喜欢的应该是505，他们总会帮我在鞋跟的位置印上一个西瓜的标志，类似于定制款这样，其实NB Numeric 的鞋款我都非常喜欢。我觉得一双鞋子最重要的是舒适度，只有穿起来舒服才能滑的舒服，当然外观也是少不了的
Skatehere: Which type of shoes have you been wearing, which ones are your favorite?
Little Watermelon: Right now I’m wearing the NB Numeric 598, but the 505 is my favorite, NB always marks a small waterlemon logo on the heel, so it’s kind of like a limited edition shoe for myself. I actually like all the NB Numeric models, I think the most important part for a shoes is its comfort. You feel comfortable on a skateboard is if you’re comfortable with your shoes. That, and for sure it’s got to look good as well.
汤雅涵 – 10 tricks
Skatehere: What is your favorite music kind and clothing style?
Little Watermelon: I’m into Trap also House music and I like wearing a simple T-shirt with straight trousers.
Skatehere: What is your plan with skateboarding in the future, do you have any words to share with other skaters?
Little Watermelon: My first goal for now is to become PRO (professional skater). I want to tell the girls, if you afraid of getting hurt and falling over, just wear protective gear! If you really like it after that then keep skating, don’t think about getting sponsors all the time. Talk less and skate more, prove yourself with skateboard, don’t be cocky and be patient. I will be waiting for you in Shanghai throughout the wind and rain, Peace!
Interview by Guotie