Atita Verghese: India's first female pro skateboarder

Updated 0349 GMT (1149 HKT) September 15, 2017

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  • Atita Verghese is India's first female professional skateboarder
  • She teaches children to skate and also volunteers to build skate parks
  • She founded Girl Skate India, a collective that aims to inspire more women to pick up the sport

(CNN)When Atita Verghese stepped on a skateboard for the first time, it wasn't her own.

She'd been loaned the board from a male friend. That gesture, she says, was the most pivotal moment of her life so far, guiding her towards a ground-breaking career as India's first professional female skateboarder.
"I felt like nothing existed outside of that skate park," the 23-year-old skater tells CNN. "That moment I had -- it was perfect."
In 2015, she co-founded Girl Skate India, an initiative that teaches girls how to skate, promotes gender equality and brings together skateboarders in I