Hometown: Gold Coast, Australia
Shari White got into skateboarding the way most kids do—watching friends’ skate videos, having a crack at building quarter-pipes in the streets outside her house, and taking turns filming friends on her parent’s rudimentary video camera. Leaving her hometown on the Gold Coast behind for greener, more skateboarder-friendly pastures over in Vancouver, Shari quickly fell in with a strong crew of talented young skaters and filmmakers, making zines and videos under the moniker Skate Witches—a platform that gives female skateboarders a place to collaborate and share their experiences. Fast forward to 2020, and Shari’s just polished off an amazing full-length skate video for Vans called Credits, starring Una Farrar, Breana Geering and Fabiana Delfino. We caught up with Shari to find out more.
What skate videos inspired you most growing up?
My neighbour had the skate videos; I didn’t really have any myself. I remember watching Flip’s Sorry, Enjoi’s Bag of Suck and Girl’s Yeah Right, mostly.
Whose one of your biggest filmmaking inspirations, skating or otherwise?
Shane Auckland and Jacob Harris got me inspired to film and edit.
You’ve recently released Credits, a full-length video for Vans. What’s one of the biggest things you learnt about yourself and your filmmaking process during the making of?
To be patient and not get too ahead of yourself with ideas until you’re nearing the end of the project. Things are always changing.
Favourite memory from shooting Credits?
Mobbing with the crew around Barcelona.
The soundtrack components to your films are always so on point. What’s one of your favourite tracks you’ve featured in one of your videos, that you feel perfectly complements the part?
In the Skate Witches videos, Kristin picked a lot of the songs too, so shout out to Kristin. I really liked the Culture Abuse song to the ‘friends’ section in Credits—it just felt good and didn’t get old for me while editing the way some songs can.
You’re just as talented behinds the lens as you are in front of it. Where’s one of your favourite places to skate and why?
Thanks, that’s nice of you to say! I really liked New York for the spots, but also just skating around, the food, the layout of everything. I don’t know, it was just such a cool feeling being there and can’t wait to go back.
Whose part would you most like to film and why?
Alexis Sablone because she has the best trick and spot selections when making a part, and she rips. It seems like she puts everything into projects she commits to.
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What are you most looking forward to getting out and doing post-coronavirus?
Travelling and skating, I suppose. Coming off from flying somewhere every couple weeks, it has been a bit weird to adjust.
What does the future of skateboarding look like to you?
Diverse and interesting with lots of new unique approaches and takes on what skateboarding means to people.