Catching Up With Oakley's Lyn-z Adams Hawkins After She Made History In Paris

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Oakley’s Lyn-z Adams Hawkins made history after being the first women to land a Mctwist. She landed this trick at the Tony Hawk show in the historical Grand Palais in Paris in front of 7,000 people. We caught up with Lyn-z shortly after the show.

Congratulations on landing a McTwist at the Tony Hawk show in Paris!  How long have you been trying that trick?

I started spinning backside 540s about 5 years ago, but turned them into Mctwists about 3 years ago.

Did you plan to try that trick at the show or was it a spur of the moment thing?

I planned it. I have been working on it for a long time now and usually work on it the most at contests,shows and demos.

What did you do to celebrate?

Well after everyone tackled me and then put me on their shoulders and we got backstage Tony gave me a champagne shower (haha poured a whole bottle on my head) I eventually went to the VIP section of the event and hung out with all my friends who were there.

Describe the scene.  What did you do in Paris? How long were you there?

It was at the Grand Palais witch is so historical and incredible in itself and the fact we got to skate in it was crazy! It was an art/music/skate show. there were about 7,000 people it was insane, probably the biggest crowd I have ever skated in front of. We stayed right by the Eiffel Tower witch was awesome so we checked that out and some museums and other historical places, we did a signing at the Quiksilver store where hundreds of people showed up. 

What obstacles have you faced? How have you overcome them?

Well my dad passed away when I was 14, that was tough, he was my biggest fan and sooo supportive, but I pushed through remembering that he would always be with me now. I blew out my knee 2 years later putting me out for 8 months but I continued to go to every contest and event, announcing and interviewing and what not.

Did you always have positive support while you were pursuing skateboarding?

Yesss always! My parents and family were always super supportive and my mom and the rest of the fam still is. I have also been surrounded by a lot of the best skaters in the world as teachers and support like a family. I’ve been lucky to have supportive sponsors along the way as well 

How did you start skating?

my parents got me a skateboard when I was about 2 so I have been around it my whole life. My brother got me a membership to the local park at 6, but I didn’t really get that into it until I was about 11 years old

Who influences/inspires?

Wow too many people to name them all but a few are… my mom for the person she is, my little brother Brock for his determination and love for life, Billie Jean King for the path she has paved for women in sports, Tony Hawk for his continued dedication for something he loves, Cara Beth Burnside for being the pioneer of woman’s skateboarding, Bucky Lasek and Chris Miller for their incredible style on skateboards… and soo many more

What is the best advice you’ve heard?

Well the best thing I’ve learned lately (not really one person telling me just kind of figured out) is that there are few things in life that are really worth stressing over… 

What is the best advice you’ve heard on improving your skating?

Hmmm thats tough, I have heard a lot, and have taken every little thing into consideration. 

Where is the best place skating has taken you?

Well skating in the GRAND PALAIS was pretty incredible and although I wasn’t skating one of my skate sponsors Nixon Watches took me to Tavarua Fiji twice now and that’s like heaven on earth!

Author

Erin Edwards

Date

November 25, 2009