Nikki-rose Quinlan is the epitome of the outdoor girl.
Nikki-rose Quinlan is the epitome of the outdoor girl.

From the runway to the skate ramp

CINDI Lauper’s classic ’80s hit, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, could easily have been written for Coolum’s Nikki-rose Quinlan.

Nikki-rose is the ultimate outdoors, fun-loving girl, excelling in skateboarding, surfing and as a swimwear model.

Two weeks ago the 21-year-old took on 50 of the best female skateboarders in Australia’s largest women’s skateboarding contest and, despite fracturing her wrist during the competition, finished third.

“I was in the open-women’s division and placed third, giving me the title of Australia and New Zealand’s third-best women’s skateboarder,” she said.

As the face of Hive Swimwear for five years, Nikki-rose is not the stereotypical skateboarder.

“People do get quite shocked, actually, when I tell them I am a skateboarder as the general image of a skater is a tomboy-looking girl with tattoos and short hair,” she said.

“I love to do both swimwear modelling and skateboarding, although they’re complete opposite.”

But sometimes the two vocations collide.

“Last year I broke my pelvis after falling 15ft on the Billabong vert ramp and was out of action for six months,” she said.

And last week Nikki-rose was due to model at the Noosa Festival of Surfing but was wearing a cast because of her fractured wrist.

No problem – she simply cut the cast off for the show and had a new one fitted the next day.

Nikki-rose said she loved being a role model for younger girls.

“It’s great to have those injury stories so you can push the girls to get back up and keep trying because I think that’s where most girls just quit,” she said.

“In the future I look forward to competing internationally and meeting some of the world’s top female skateboarders.

“I’m so excited to see the sport dramatically growing into a women’s sport, too.”

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