Aimèe Harris is a young Aussie skater you should know. When she’s not studying Bush Regeneration and Land Conservation at uni, or working on demolition sites for coin, you’ll find the Sydney-based skater at any number of her favourite spots around the city. Aimèe’s had her fair share of ups (getting on the UPS Skate Shop team) and downs (two nasty ankle reconstructions), but with her joints on the mend and a hunger to stack clips, Aimèe’s on a steady ascent that we’ll most definitely be tuning in for. Let’s meet her!
How did you first get into skateboarding?
I got my first setup on a trip to Forster. My mum bought it for me from a local shop. It was actually a pretty cool Hufnagel board and I fell in love with it.
Favourite place to skate in the world, and why?
Austria is my favourite place so far, there is a lot of skater-built DIY parks and the street spots are awesome. Barcelona comes in second.
Where are we most likely to find you in Sydney?
I usually skate Sydney city on the weekends and try to mission out to the suburbs for spots as much as possible. But during the week, I like to roll around at Waterloo or Technology Park.
You can steal one trick or skill from any other skater—who and what is it?
Switch flips, Alexis Sablone.
What’s the gnarliest injury you’ve got from skating?
I’ve had two ankle reconstructions within two years. The first surgery was from skating some stairs and damaging it, and then deciding to go snowboarding, thinking it was stable in my boot. I came off a jump and pretty much shattered it in the boot. The second surgery was from the first one not healing properly and the impact from skating again when it wasn’t 100%. Feels much stronger now though, with a lot of physio.
Tell us a bit more about how Euro Chimp came to be?
Euro Chimp is the first clip I’ve made with a VX. I figured because I was travelling so much through Europe, it’s way more fun to film my friends and memories and make something with it, rather then just photos and clips straight to Instagram.
You played a part in the filming and editing of it too. Is that something you want to pursue, and if so, what skate videos inspired you?
I love filming with VX; they’re tricky and all have their issues, but they’re beautiful. It’s almost a craft in itself to work. I definitely have a lot to learn and need to find my own style, but in terms of filmers, I really enjoy Grant Yansura’s work.
Most hard-earned trick?
A simple 5050 on an out-rail for me is the best feeling.
Favourite video part of yourself to date?
I like everything Adelaide Norris films. She has a great style and the clips she’s filmed of me I really enjoyed… although I’m a pretty bad critic of myself and always pick apart my skating.
What does the future of skateboarding look like for you, post-COVID and beyond?
I just want to push myself harder, work on making my ankle take proper impact again, and hopefully, once all this craziness is over, I want to get back to travelling and getting clips for the UPS Skate Shop video.