New Zealand’s four-time Asia-Pacific champion Elissa Mah says it’s awesome to see more women taking up longboarding, ahead of Kaikōura’s 2019 international festival. Pictured, Mah racing in last year’s Kaikōura Longboard Festival wearing her leathers from Hillside Gear, USA. Hillside Gear makes custom-fit, custom designed leather suits for downhill skateboarders and street lugers. At speeds of up to 80 kilometres an hour, Mah needs the protective gear.