October is Breast Cancer Prevention month and with that, B4BC (Boarding 4 Breast Cancer) a non-profit foundation has dedicated their time to providing education, prevention and support programs for young people and the action sports community at large. Through grassroots events, year-round educational outreach and the Survivorship Fund, B4BC is able to further its mission of promoting early detection + a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means of breast cancer prevention. Five our their team riders will be featured throughout the month.
Meet Mimi Knoop –
With 5 X Games medals under her belt; Mimi Knoop is one of the top female vert/bowl skateboarders in the world. Mimi is a hard-charging bowl skater who learned to skate while living in Cuba as a kid.
1. October brings a focus back onto Breast Cancer Prevention with a strong encouragement for people to become educated and stand up to cancer. What does it mean to you to be a part of B4BC?
Well first of all, it is an honor to be a part of the B4BC team. I think it is safe to say that most of us have known someone that has suffered (or is suffering) with cancer.. If I can help educate and create awareness for people through B4BC, and keep more people healthy, (all through riding my skateboard!)… then that is an amazing thing!
2. Through events, B4BC is able to further its mission of promoting early detection + a healthy, active lifestyle to the action sports community, what is a personal favorite event of yours to participate in?
Probably not too surprising- I love the skate events! I am super excited about the B4BC “Skate the Coast” event coming up this weekend! It will encourage people to get outside – to skate- and to be healthy!
3. What personal message do you share with the action sports community as you meet them?
I try my best to be a positive role model for women’s skateboarding; and I try to encourage people to do what they love in life (whether that’s skateboarding- or anything else- like playing the piano, or being a teacher, etc.). Life is too short to waste time doing anything else.
4. Helping others has been a major part of your life. You are also the co-founder of a non-profit organization to promote equality and exposure of women’s skateboarding. What drives you to keep helping others all while having a successful career yourself?
I have been very fortunate to have a career as a professional female skateboarder. I have always felt a responsibility to look out for the younger girls coming up; because they should be able to live out their dreams too. Not only is it a rewarding experience to create positive change/more opportunities for the girls; I’ve always felt it is the right thing to do.
5. What drove you to learn how to skate in the Cuban community you grew up in? What drives you to push yourself today?
I first got into skating in Cuba because there wasn’t much for kids to do there. You either skated, or you went to the beach! So we skated a lot. We built our own ramps, skated the streets, goofed around, and just always had fun. Those elements from my childhood- of skating with friends and having fun- are definitely what still motivates me and keeps me going today.