“Being an athlete, what you put in your body affects your performance, and I work too hard. It’s very important to me.” ~ Alana Smith
Words: Morgan Ketterman | Photos: Kam Krigel
At just 14 years-old, Wholly Oats’ athlete ambassador, Alana Smith, is blazing the trail for a new generation of female skateboarders. Since starting skateboarding at the age of 7, she has already achieved an X Games Silver medal, a Guinness World Record and recently turned pro for Hoopla Skateboards! Before heading out for her 4th X Games appearance, we caught up with her to get the skinny on how she continues to break barriers, set records and maintain her peak performance, all the while maintaining some what of a normal teenage life. Good Luck in Austin, Alana!
What’s a day in the life like for Alana?
Alana Smith: Wake up, do my schooling for a few hours and have breakfast. I skate with my friends from 12:30-4 or 5p everyday. Three days a week I train at crossfit.
Talk about some of the cool experiences that have come your way through skateboarding.
A.S.: I have gotten to travel to amazing countries like Africa, Sweden, and Spain. Also, I was asked to be on a Disney series that got me invited to be on Good Morning America! That was an amazing experience.
What’s the craziest food or drink you’ve tried while traveling?
A.S.: Quail egg shots!!! It was so nasty.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
A.S.: It would have to be the backflip on the Mini-mega ramp at the Kimberely Diamond Cup contest in Africa! First girl in the world to land a backflip on a skateboard!
Let’s talk diet. What does Alana typically eat throughout the day to keep energy up and performing at her best?
A.S.: I eat a lot!!! My breakfast favorites are sausage/egg white breakfast sandwiches, fruit w cottage cheese…and if I cheat (not too often) a cinnamon roll. SNACK- I usually try to have a granola bar and a Wholly Oats drink between my breakfast and lunch to build up my carbs before skating. LUNCH-I would eat Chipotle everyday if I could; it’s healthy and has all the carbs and proteins I need. Otherwise, I eat a chicken caesar salad. SNACK- After I skate I will drink another Wholly Oats to build me up for my crossfit workout. DINNER- I usually eat all protein and veggies.
Does this change when you’re on the road?
A.S.: No, my mom is pretty strict with making sure I stick to my eating schedule. Plus, I feel a difference in my energy if I eat junk food, so I try to stay away from it.
Is buying natural or organic important to you when purchasing food/drink, why or why not?
A.S.: Absolutely! Being an athlete, what you put in your body effects your performance, and I work too hard. It’s very important to me.
What differences do you see if any between your generation and the older skaters?
A.S.: I feel like being a skater now requires you train more like an athlete. There are higher level competitions and the skill level is always building. There is definitely more opportunity because of the skaters who paved the way for skateboarding to get to where it is today.
What do you like best about Wholly Oats?
A.S.: It’s filling, it has vitamins and I know I’m filling up with something healthy!
Have you found any other delicious ways you like to drink it?
A.S.: As a smoothie with whip for sure
Goals for 2015?
A.S.: To push the limits like always. I want to really progress in women’s street and get a lot of filming done this year.
Words of wisdom:
A.S.: Live your dreams…life is short, if you want something go after it.