Meet Lily Garcia. Stylish, sleek black hair, glasses, bright white smile. She’s approachable, friendly and when I first met her, I knew she rode, but I had no idea how well. It’s funny how we got started on the conversation of what a stunt rider looks like. She’s about as feminine as they come with a bubbly personality – no sign of a tom boy on her. It was obvious that first impressions can be deceiving. Just check out her ink.
She’s got a mermaid on her forearm, a visible remnant of her days as a junior olympic swimmer. “It helps me to remember a huge part of my life,” she says, understandable considering how important fitness is to maintaining control of your machine while performing stunts.
Her 2008 Suzuki GSXR-600 started off as a showroom beauty, white and gold with gleaming plastics, at least until Lily met Tony Carbajal. She saw what he could do and found her calling. She started playing around on a mountain bike before transferring her curiosity to her gixxer. “You’re going to eat it,” she says when I asked if she was scared when she first tried to do wheelies. But she insists the occasional get-off is worth it to basque in the adrenaline rush it produces. And if you think about it, her stunt born street fighter machine has much more personality anyway.
Once I talked to Lily, it was apparent the high that drives her stems from independence and breaking through the walls we build for ourselves. She does things most people are too scared to try and she believes in herself every step of the way. When she tells other people about her love for stunting and they shake their heads in disbelief, she shrugs her shoulders and says, “I did something I never thought I could do.” Her unbreakable heart and steadfast spirit are a model for other women to resemble. I was so impressed with Lily, not just because she does stunts like staggers and burn outs, but because she doesn’t let others’ opinions get her down. She lives her life to the fullest, practicing three to four hours a day to fine tune her skills.
I asked her if she wanted to compete and it seemed the thought hadn’t crossed her mind. “I do it cause it’s fun,” she says, that feeling of freedom and release being her only motivation for lofting a front wheel to the sky. But she’s still humble. “It’s something to do,”she says. Although her modesty was admirable, I have a feeling this “something to do” is only the beginning for Lily.
Lily’s featured ink is her upper arm tattoo, a collection of flora including the Diablo Dahlia, Tiger Lilly, Hibiscus and Cherry Blossoms. The color is the perfect compliment to her olive skin and she wears it proudly.