Next she says she will be doing minor trips."I thought of skating from Toledo to Detroit, or Columbus to Dayton. My next major skate trip will take place next year and I'm willing to take on a trip that will challenge me beyond physical, mental and spiritual. I'm skating across the entire United States of America." That sounds like a great feat. She says this has been on her mind since she was a child. She always wanted to go far without a car. She wants to be the first black woman ever to skate across USA, and says it will happen in 2022. This is her life goal. She wants to go places she’s never been before.
I wanted to know more about the outfits she chose. I think her trips perfectly encapsulates Proper Gnar’s vision, how she is doing these big skate trips with these cute outfits on. Instead of sticking with one style, she likes to switch her aesthetic every day.
Raveena loves taking skate trips because you get a whole different perspective. On a skateboard, you can truly see what the land looks like.
Skating so far, I’m sure some interesting and odd things can happen out there on the road. “The most crazy experience was during Pastel Doll Skate Trip day 3 when I made it to Indiana boarder, I camped out in the woods and it start raining, the temperature start dropping, the rain seeped into my tent got me wet, the temp was 40°F and I was shivering and filled with regret and despair. I couldn't fall asleep and I had to stay warm with my survival blanket. It was a hot mess.” The next day she was super sleepy but had no choice but to push to South Bend with a damaged phone and soaked clothes and supplies.
When asked about her inspirations, there are many.
"Throughout my life I have so many folx who inspire me, ranging from athletes to singers/rappers. Some examples are Lady Gaga and Cardi B, they both inspire me in a spiritual way, they both give out different types of energy based of their music and lyrics. Lady Gaga made me open up and finally be who I am and not be afraid of society, while Cardi B unleashed my "bad chick" energy which makes me hype, makes me feel empowered and willing to take on anything that gets thrown at me. There is also NBA player LeBron James when he was playing for the Cavs. There were so many misfortunes and downfalls I have saw during the time when I was a Cavs fan until year 2016, when the Cavs finally won the NBA championship and that taught me that no matter what obstacles you face or how long it takes, as long as you accomplish that goal, that's all that matters."
Raveena has a lot of good advice for other skaters. She says to "Keep pushing no matter how far you go, push through time and space within this universe, you never know what or who you would encounter throughout you journey as you are moving forward. Life is a very mysterious existence and should not be taken for granted."
When it comes to being accepted, she doesn’t let people’s negativity bother her. “I will keep doing what I love doing and won't let anyone take my joy away.
if you would like to help Ravenna with her cross country skate goals, she would appreciate your hype, donations
, and offering her a place to stay on her trips.