Girls Skate Network

SPOTLIGHT | Chihiro Uchida

BIRTHDAY: September 17, 1978
HOMETOWN: Tokyo, Japan
RESIDE: Tokyo, Japan

Chihiro “Chihirock” Uchida (May 2010)

How were you introduced to skateboarding and what got you started?

Saw my best friend skating and it looked fun.

Do you remember what your first setup was?

I think it was a Real deck with Venture trucks.

Were there any early influences on your skating?

The enjoi pro skaters in America.

What is the best and worst thing about your hometown?

Best thing is the city life. Worst thing is it’s narrow.

Besides skateboarding, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I spend my time cooking, writing my blog, cleaning my room, playing with my cat, hanging out with friends and dates with my boyfriend.

What is your typical day like?

During the week I work part time, but all I think of is skateboarding. I skate on the weekends.

How is the girls skate scene in Japan?

Start getting popular. We are not good an American skater girls, ,but we have a lot of passion.

Where do you like to skate?

Maihama skate park.

Who do you like to skate with?

My best friends and boyfriend.

What kind of music do you listen to?

I like music from skate videos.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I’m very good at cooking!

So far, what has been the highlight of your skateboarding?

Landing a kickflip for the first time.

What do you have planned for this year?

In June~July I will go to NYC and Boston, in September I will go to Taiwan and in November I will go to Guam. I love traveling to skateboard. I’m also planning some events so more girls can get involve in skateboarding.

Shoutouts and thanks?

Thanks to my sponsors, my boyfriend and a lot of girl skaters in Japan. Thanks for the encouragement!

Sponsors: enjoi, Gravis skateboarding, Instant Skateshop, Tomy Life & Gent ceramics