WHAT THE QUELL? 🤷♀️🛹🍻
We were so excited when we heard Quell was holding a day-long series of events last February in partnership with Leo Baker’s NYC Skate Project and sponsored by Nike SB. NYC Skate Project was started by Leo to provide programming for gender non-conforming, trans folx, non-binary folx, and CIS women who skate. We were able to send our MOST EXCELLENT east coast correspondent and resident beginner skater Maya Haptas out to the event and she gave us a run-down of what it’s like to attend.
Get On Board with Skate Like a Girl!
Come out for the night to celebrate and support SLAG programming which last year reached over 10,000 individuals building confidence, resilience and an inclusive community through the vehicle of skateboarding. The night will include food, drinks, music, a live and silent auction of exclusive items and hearing personal stories from the program.
REVIEW: Olympic Skateboarding Uniforms with Marisa dal Santo
To form our opinion, we asked the most stylish person we know, skateboarder/fashionista Marisa dal Santo for some of her wisdom. Since she stopped sacrificing her body to stair counts, Marisa has been developing her super dope and extremely popular vintage clothing business, GenXtravaganza.
Australia Fire Fundraiser in Long Beach!
"Watching places we had vacationed to burning to the ground on social media, hearing friends stories of being evacuated from their homes & the sounds of koalas screaming became overwhelming. We just had to do something to help our land, people and animals."
Skating Around Climate Change
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.
MAY GODDESS HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOULS; It’s the WBATB Final!
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.
Exposure: EXPOSED! 📸📸📸
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.
REVIEW: Vent City Podcast #10 How to Skate While Also Being Terrified of Eating Shit
In this episode of the Vent City the authors & hosts deliberate on the trailblazing "Coping with Creeps" article. The discussion starts at about the 8:25 mark but go ahead and listen to the whole thing, this podcast is pretty legit. As someone who probably wouldn't pursue a podcast featuring dudes talking about skateboarding, originally I tuned in only because I knew Alex and Kristin were featured in an earlier episode. Since, I've became pleasantly surprised by the insightful commentary of Ryan Lay, Kyle Beachy and two guys named Ted; Schmitz and Barrow.
We Made it into Skateism!
In case you didn't catch it on insta, our #ALEX4OLYMPICS campaign was covered in the supremely awesome SKATEISM Magazine by talented author, Maya Henry. We are honored & extremely grateful for the support. Check out Maya's article and while you're at it, pick up an issue of Skateism, it rules!
2020 USA Olympic Women’s Skate has a Posse!!
The true origins of the Olympic Games are a mystery, but mythology states the games were founded by Hercules and his father Zeus, around 776 BC. Chariot races and primitive versions of discus and other track and field events were celebrated with excessive revelry, alongside ritual sacrifices of those with less agility.