At 63 years old, Nongluck “Jeab” Chairuettichai of Bangkok, Thailand, isn’t your average skater.
But since the day she first stepped foot on a longboard, she’s never been happier — or healthier. In fact, she believes it’s the reason she’s still alive today!
Jeab is a mom of two and a breast cancer survivor. Following her diagnosis 10 years ago, she underwent surgery and chemotherapy treatments, which left her weak. That’s when she realized longboarding could make her strong again!
She got into the sport after seeing her 37-year-old son Soteera ride. One day, she decided to try it herself — and immediately fell in love! It wasn’t long before she felt the mental and physical benefits.
“When you skate every day, you can feel your body becoming stronger and healthier … it helped with recovery tremendously,” she told AFB. “Most importantly, it’s fun.”
In just a few months, the hobby turned into one of her greatest passions. Jeab began competing in tournaments, and last year, she became the oldest member of Thailand’s national longboard team! What’s more, she’s a wonderful role model to countless girls who are interested in board sports.
She said her favorite part about riding is simply enjoying the moment.
“When I’m cruising, I feel free,” she said. “It feels like I am leaving everything behind, all the troubles and the conflicts in life.”
While Soteera said he’s a little concerned about his mom getting injured, he’s happy for her. Plus, he can’t deny how much fun they have zooming down roads together!
“I’m worried about her because she’s old, but being too worried until she cannot do anything is not a good way to care for someone,” he said. “She has to live her life.”
What an amazing life it is! We’re so glad Jeab found something to keep her smiling after everything she’s been through. She is a true force and deserves every burst of joy she gets cruising on her board!
See her in action in the video below, and share this story as a reminder to do whatever makes you happy.
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