Angie Marino is one of the best female BMXers in the world but not content to rest on her laurels, Miss Marino has started up one of my favourite resources for the BMX fixated female. I regularly check out Angie’s site to see what’s happening in the world of 20 inch wheeled bikes. I caught up with her to get the lowdown on what makes her tick.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
On and off my bike, hands down my dad. He has supported my riding so much since day one. I am very privileged to have a supporting parent, especially being a girl in a not so "girly" sport. He has taught me to be independent and not to be scared of doing something I love. It definitely makes me more psyched on riding to have him behind me.
What is Yeah Zine?
Yeah Zine is a zine/online site for girl BMXers. Nina Buitrago helps contribute to the printed version. We do a few a year which you can purchase from our online store. I started Yeah Zine, because I was noticing more and more girls coming to events and traveling to ride. There weren’t any websites for girls to look for other girls riding so I started one which gathered all the videos, photos and events in one place. I've had the website for about a year and a half now and it’s so awesome that almost 300 people have subscribed to it already. It makes me psyched to put out content from girls. I can't wait to see what’s going to happen over the next few years! It's pretty awesome to get girls psyched on riding! It's really cool to see the community grow and I'm stoked to be apart of it. A few years ago I could only name a hand full of girls, now it's crazy, there are so many girls popping up in every country. BMX definitely needs a few female role models for the younger generation of girls to look up to/get psyched on.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Dang, in five years, hopefully still healthy and riding!!
Why do you do what you do?
Because it makes me happy! I like the adrenaline rush, the feeling of pushing myself to do something I'm scared to do and the feeling of achieving something new. Sounds a bit clichéd but it's the truth. I push myself the most when I'm riding with friends having fun and there's motivating music playing. Jumping a box smoothly and trying to air a quarter as high as I can is definitely one of the best feelings ever. It's also exciting to have kids look up to you for something you do for fun. I enjoy trying to be a positive role model and spreading the good word of BMX from a girls point of view. Kids are awesome!
When did you realise you were hooked on riding? When did you first pick up a BMX?
I realised I was hooked on riding the minute I could ride a bike without training wheels! I started racing when I was younger and it was so awesome being a kid and going to a different states a couple of times a month for a race. After racing, I stopped riding for a couple years then my brother inspired me to pick it back up and start riding skateparks and trails. Since then, I've been hooked.
See Angie and some of her crew in action here:
What are your thoughts on Angie and other girl riders? If they've inspired you to get on your bike and down the bowl, we wanna hear about it!