From the runway to the skate ramp
CINDI Lauper’s classic ’80s hit, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, could easily have been written for Coolum’s Nikki-rose Quinlan.
Nikki-rose is the ultimate outdoors, fun-loving girl, excelling in skateboarding, surfing and as a swimwear model.
Two weeks ago the 21-year-old took on 50 of the best female skateboarders in Australia’s largest women’s skateboarding contest and, despite fracturing her wrist during the competition, finished third.
“I was in the open-women’s division and placed third, giving me the title of Australia and New Zealand’s third-best women’s skateboarder,” she said.
As the face of Hive Swimwear for five years, Nikki-rose is not the stereotypical skateboarder.
“People do get quite shocked, actually, when I tell them I am a skateboarder as the general image of a skater is a tomboy-looking girl with tattoos and short hair,” she said.
“I love to do both swimwear modelling and skateboarding, although they’re complete opposite.”
But sometimes the two vocations collide.
“Last year I broke my pelvis after falling 15ft on the Billabong vert ramp and was out of action for six months,” she said.
And last week Nikki-rose was due to model at the Noosa Festival of Surfing but was wearing a cast because of her fractured wrist.
No problem – she simply cut the cast off for the show and had a new one fitted the next day.
Nikki-rose said she loved being a role model for younger girls.
“It’s great to have those injury stories so you can push the girls to get back up and keep trying because I think that’s where most girls just quit,” she said.
“In the future I look forward to competing internationally and meeting some of the world’s top female skateboarders.
“I’m so excited to see the sport dramatically growing into a women’s sport, too.”