Interview with ADELAIDE NORRIS

Taking out Slam Skateboarding's New Gen of the Year is no easy feat. Add to that, the responsibilities of being a full time parent to a tiny cavoodle named Bennett. How do you they do it you ask, let's find out.

Adelaide Norris FS Nose Grind - Photo by Wade McLaughlin (@wade_mclaughlin)
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S+W: The year started off with a bang with you taking out the Slam Skateboarding New Gen of the Year in February!

2 months deep and already a more exciting year than its predecessor.
Big congrats! Tell us how you found out about the win!

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ADELAIDE: Thanks heaps, still hasn't really settled in to be honest. It all started with everyone surprising LC with the SOTY (Skater of the year) at Lincoln Square, so happy for the guy, so well deserved, he had the fattest grin the whole day. I was just about to lime bike to the bottle shop to get some more drinks when Trent from Slam yelled "You can't leave, you're New Gen of the Year!" I was still holding the lime bike pretty shocked from the whole thing while my friends gave me a hug and got pictures. Still can't believe it and still no lime bike sponsor.

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S+W: Aaahh LC's grin can really light up a room. 

Not only did you take the Slam NGOTY (New Gen of the Year) title, you also graced the cover of Skate Witches not long before that. What’s the feeling like seeing your mug in these magazines you’ve grown up reading?

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ADELAIDE: It's incredibly surreal, it is one of my favourite things to have anything printed because you work your ass off to make it all happen. Finding the spot that is photogenic, getting a photographer to come out and spend their valuable time shooting you and then finally actually doing the trick. It's all so worth it because in the end print is tangible. It's physical proof of the work and it doesn't just disappear onto the internet, it's in those magazines for as long as they exist. On top of that being in magazines like Slam or Skate Witches brings a whole other level of appreciation.

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S+W: Flicking through the pages you can see your name next to some pretty influential skaters both new and old. Who are the skaters you look up to the most and how have they helped shape your career.

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ADELAIDE:  That's a tough one, I'm into so many; I love 'The Goat', Alexis Sablone, been loving Ettiene Gange and anything he does. Honestly I think my good friend Tobi Stanley has shaped a lot of how and what I choose to skate, she taught me what east coast skateboarding was and pretty much led me to only want to skate street, I got a lot to thank from her.
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Adelaide Norris Kickflip - Photo by Wade McLaughlin
Adelaide Norris kickflip - photo by Wade McLaughlin  (@wade_mclaughlin)
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S+W: Tobi is rad. People need to keep an eye on her clothing label Pearls (@pearls.pt1). Gonna make some big moves this year I reckon.

Being flashed around in these publications you’re inadvertently paving the way for so many female and non binary skaters. The rise of non-male skaters is coming and it’s a real pivot in the right direction for skateboarding. Do you feel any excess pressure to perform or to be a role model for the younger generation?
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ADELAIDE:  I feel bad but I'm never really thinking about being a role model as a female, I'm always just thinking about being a skateboarder and that's kinda it. 
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S+W: What’s been the hardest thing for you to overcome as a skateboarder?
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ADELAIDE: Finding the right fit pants and to not overthink everything.
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S+W:  You’re a bit of an all rounder in the industry. You film, skate, shoot pics and do a bit of design work too. Do you have a favourite discipline? Or is there one that you’d like to start pursuing a bit more?
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ADELAIDE: I love them all but I have been really backing photography at the moment. I just bought my first medium format and been doing a lot of out of town trips with my girlfriend shooting old country towns and landscapes. I'm not trying to pursue anything but I really love it.

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S+W: There’s been Adelaide Norris designs on boards, zines and apparel. Is there a path you’re hoping to head down with your graphics or are you playing it more by ear as opportunities arise?

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ADELAIDE: Kind of always been into drawing and design since I was a kid and I'm kind of already in a job role that lets me do that with a lot of creative freedom. So for the moment I'm content and happy to concentrate on skateboarding for now.

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Adelaide Norris - Photo by Sheridan Rothwell

Adelaide Norris Photo by Sheridan Rothwell

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S+W: When are we going to see a design featuring this dog of yours that keeps popping up on social media?

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ADELAIDE: Oooh been thinking about this one for a while, definitely got a few ideas in mind.

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S+W: Woof woof. Tell us a bit more about the pooch.

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ADELAIDE: We got him in November, he is a Cavoodle named Bennett (after one of my favourite skaters, Toby Bennett). Man he is the weirdest little dog and I bloody love his guts. He loves the pub, camping and swimming, I couldn't have asked for a better dog.

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Adelaide and Bennet - Photo by Alex Waldmeyer

Adelaide and Bennett - Photo by Alex Waldmeyer

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S+W: "loves the pub, camping and swimming". I feel like I've seen this line on every man's Tinder bio.

After a year of no travel, are you getting a bit sick of skating the streets of Melbourne?

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ADELAIDE: Yes but it's also made me find a lot of new spots so not completely. 

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S+W: What’s travel plans looking like for you this year? Any skate trips on the cards that you can tell us about?

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ADELAIDE: I am lucky enough to have just had a Sydney stint and am heading back this week just to keep filming some stuff with my good friend George. But I'm crossing my fingers for Adelaide, Canberra and maybe Perth too, not even thinking about international at the moment, feel like we are a while off still.

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S+W: With so much time to reflect over the last year, is there anything in particular that you want to see yourself achieve in 2021? 

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ADELAIDE: My goals this year are to release a full part, backflip off a pier, meet more people, see more places.

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S+W: Backflip off a pier might be the hardest one there.

Good luck Adelaide and can't wait to see what's on for the future with you and skateboarding!

Keep up with Adelaide on instagram at @adelaidenorris

 

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