Marisa

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How long have you been riding for and what got you into riding?


I’ve been riding since 2014. I got into riding after seeing rad women in mount pleasant (my neighbourhood at the time) riding in groups. I knew I wanted to be part of that and I bought my first bike before I knew how to ride it. It sat in my garage all winter while I learned how to ride and owning it made me that much more motivated to learn how to ride quicker and get on the street on my new bike.


What kind of impact had riding had for you? Has riding helped you to overcome a hardship in your life, if yes how?


Riding has introduced me to a community of girls who ride that I always wished I could be apart of. The warmth and feeling of belonging that I’ve gotten from groups of women when I start talking to them about our shared loved of riding is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. It’s like unlocking a group of instant friends when you say you want to ride with someone new. I’ve met my best friends through dirt biking, sharing car rides to the track and buying second hand dirt bikes together. Having a shared passion is something that brought me to meet a lot of new friends but then we’ve realized how compatible our friendships are beyond riding which is incredible.


Do you prefer to ride solo or groups and why?


I do more dirt biking than street biking these days and I always go with friends. The most fun part is hanging with friends and having new people join the group or running into people on the trail to keep riding with. Riding with friends has pushed me to be a way better rider and stretched my abilities from riding with more experienced people.


What kind of bike do you have and why? What kind of riding do you do or have you done? (Dirt, off road/enduro, road trips etc.)


I have a 1994 Yamaha SR 400 and a 2020 Honda CRF 125. I almost exclusively dirt bike, riding trails in Squamish, chilliwack and on the Island. We’ve done some fun camp outs in Oregon and Washington. I’ve ridden some flat track and entered some races with the Vancouver Flat Track Club and are the Wild One in Oregon. The flat track and trail riding communities in B.C. are truly one of a kind and anyone who has a desire to learn, race, and help out with track maintenance is always welcomed with open arms.


What's been your favorite or most memorable riding experience?


(Kind it answered above ahah) my favorite part of riding is going on a new trail out of my comfort zone with a group of women. I love riding with dudes too but the way that women uplift each other and encourage each other to overcome tough trails or push their limits is unlike any other feeling. Girls with No Limits in Squamish have given me so many riding pointers, skills and patience that I feel indebted to other women to teach them how to improve like many others have done for me.


Future riding goals/ plans?


I’d like to become a faster and more agile trail rider and I’m taking some clinics this fall to be a more Technical rider in the woods.


What else would like to ask to your  fellow riders?


To continue to be rad, and to never stop being welcoming, patient and kind to new riders. New riders will one day become seasoned riders and paying it forward is the best part of motor biking.