“It’s not about the best or coolest skateboarding,. I like to create intimacy and I want that to be apparent without it having to be told. I think this video captures that.” -Leo Bañuelos
Our second print issue “IN FULL CAMO” has arrived! Vanessa Torres interviews Sammaria Brevard, Mamaskate, Maddy Hirsch, Reese Record, Rose Archie and “Nations Skate Youth, Above the Noise, Tall Poppy, ICE skating in Portland, Jordan and Brian Wrisley, Tonya vs. Torres, . Custom illustrations by McCool, SLAG Women and/or Trans Retreat 2021, Natalie Harper, Toronto scene check and more!!
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.
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.
I think the film has a way bigger message than the average skate film, one that everyone can learn something from. I think it’s incredibly inspiring and shows people that no matter what it is that you love to do, you can always “quit your day job” and make your passion your profession.
As skateboarding makes its historical debut in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, we are calling for NBC Sports to hire skateboarding legend Alex White to provide commentary for the women’s broadcasts. As skateboarders, we believe that nobody is more well-equipped and deserving of this important role. Alex is a ripping skater who entered the scene at early age when female skateboarders were scarce. In following years, she proved herself as a leader in making the sport more accessible to girls and women worldwide. She has the talent, insider knowledge and perfect timing to reflect our sport in the greatest, most authentic way possible as it debuts on the world stage.