Julia Brueckler has had an amazing year so far. The Austrian skater has been competing all over the world, with an invite to the X Games in Austin last month, then winning 2nd place at the Mystic Cup and not to mention top spots at the Girl Skate Jam in the UK. Go on Julia! So lets ask her all about it…
Photos by Mahfia
How was it to be invited and compete at the X Games in Austin last month?
X Games was just amazing. The invitation really came as a surprise and I felt really honored to be part of it. I really enjoyed skating with all the girls and hope I can go back next year!
Then you went from there to Prague, to nab second place at the Mystic Cup, only beaten by Leticia. Nice one! What did you throw down there?
I went there quite spontaneously and I’m super stoked about my 2nd place. The new set up is so much fun to skate and I’m glad I got nearly all the tricks I had in mind, especially that kickflip over the fire hydrant. So happy!
You were also over in the UK for a bit. What do you like about skating here?
I always enjoy going to the UK. Jenna Selby has done an amazing job organising the Girls Skate Jam UK and this year I stayed a bit longer to get some street footage as well.
Any tales to tell of funny things that happened on your trip?
When we went to skate those blocks at Tower Bridge, a super rude securtiy guard came by and told us to leave immediately. Apparently it’s illegal to skate the blocks as well as the prom next to the Thames. Just when he was speaking to us, a scooter kid rolled by and the securtity was just like “Oh no, scootering is fine!”. Great!
So you’ve been all over the place! What’s been the highlight of the past few months?
Yeah, I went to Poland, Prague, the UK and the US.. Austin was definitely the most exiting thing to see, especially as it was my first time skating in America!
Do you skate full time for a living or do you have other things going on?
I work at an indoor skatepark in Vienna. I give skateboard classes and I’m responsible for administration and business stuff as well, so I like to say that I’m surrounded by skateboarding every day!
Where did you learn to skate and what are your home spots like?
I grew up in a small town not too far away from Vienna. When I started to skate, there were no skateparks around so we just skated street for a couple of years. Now we’ve got some good parks as well and I guess working in an indoor skatepark helped me increase my skills!
What do you like to do when you are not skating?
I like to film and take photos and I also read a lot, but most of the time I’m just skating.
What have you got coming up this year?
I’m going to Spain in August for another competition and we’re already planing some trips around Austria to skate and film in autumn, really loooking forward to it!
Who are your sponsors?
Nike Sb, Blue Tomato, Volcom, Element and Destructo. Thank you very much for all the support!