Photo by @cristinaverdu “ #hellomynameis Cristina Verdú ( @cristinaverdu). I’m 22 years old and I live in both Alicante, Spain — the province where I’m from — and Australia. I study design engineering and I love longboarding! I got into the sport when my gym teacher showed me some videos, and eight months later I was competing at the world level. Getting on my board is an escape for me; I get to let go of the pressure from my studies and from life in general. You don’t think about anything apart from the adrenaline. You’re on your own with no brake in the middle of the road surrounded by nature — I love that feeling! “Last year I came in seventh place in an international longboarding competition, and now I want to be world champion. But above all, I want to raise awareness about extreme sports. There are a lot of female competitors, but most of the people who take part are still men, so I want to encourage everyone to try it. If I can do it, anyone can. You just have to take the first step.” Discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community on @instagrames.