When the homie Poppy Starr jumped into the ocean recently in her hometown of Newcastle, 100 miles north of Sydney in the burning State of New South Wales, she emerged covered in ash. "Felt like an apocalypse, end of the world type stuff." Like the majority of cities in Australia, Newcastle sits on the coastline & benefits from offshore winds decreasing the accumulation of smoke.
The original four headed for the semi-finals were Christiana Means, Sammaria Brevard, Lacey Baker and Candy Jacobs. Sadly Portland's hometown hero, Christiana, had to forfeit her spot because of an Olympic team commitment in the Philippines. So previous challengers Monica Torres and Chelsea Castro staged a "redemption round," with Torres ultimately earning her spot in the final four.
PROS: 1. The event was held on Amy Caron's birthday. 2. The weather was pristine. 3. Girls & Women from across the globe showed up & ripped. 4. Lots of money was raised for survivors of domestic violence. 5. Many skateboarders won prize money that will contribute to their skateboarding dreams & aspirations.
Van, Amy and Jamie sitting on my couch, one of many stops on the historical 'Black Eye Please' road trip of 2001
Amy and I met at Ashland skatepark in 2001. She was with Van Nguyen and Jaime Lopez that somehow dissolved into a "punching each ...