Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Slalom Skateboarding Morro Bay

Morro Bay Skateboard Classic 2019

This is a 1-day slalom event in downtown Morro Bay during Harbor Festival. Head-to-Head racing on Morro Bay Boulevard. Giant Slalom in the morning. Slalom in the afternoon. 2-run qualifying, double-eliminations. Trophies to 3rd place.

Gary Fluitt put this video together and he also put on this race. Did I think I'd be slalom racing in 2019? Nope. It is super fun and as long as my friend Jamie Hart is riding in his 60's I'll keep riding. We both rode for Santa Cruz Skateboards in the 70's. We have the nervous jitters the night before and in the morning when we meet for breakfast before the race. Is the hill too fast is the pavement slippery and rough. Which wheels should we use.

Thank you for everyone that helped put on the event.

Thank you LifeAid Beverages for the FITAID and FOCUSAID

Sunday, February 10, 2019

It was a wrap a week after Games 2018

I have not posted in awhile. Came back from the CrossFit Games 2018 and got cut with the good chunk of people from the Photography and Media Team. It was a shock and awe moment. I get the whole change in direction. Though some websites say people were fired they were not. They were laid off which is different. I guess it's more dramatic when they write fired. It was a great gig while it lasted. I miss the people and the cool things we got to create. My favorite projects were the 100 Word posters, t shirt designs, CrossFit Games book and working on Score Cards at the Games with changes and hourly air squats (we would come up with some exercise to do each hour during games) on +10 hour days.

Bottom line is people need to exercise, cut out the shit food (sugar), sleep more and get outside.

I'm doing contract work for CrossFit HQ which I love. I will always be a CrossFitter. It has changed my life for the better. I have an awesome gig with Ariat my first love before Skateboarding was horses. I have a very cool side signage project in the works. It's been going on longer than I'd hoped but in the end it will be iconic like the Santa Cruz Wave Skatepark art which turns 12 this month. I've kept my Maximum Impact Design business running since 1987 and have gone in-house as creative director, art director I love design and working with companies that I care about. I have continued to evolve and create and will never stop. I have my side hustle Badass Skatemom. Thank you to all the CrossFitters for the support. Big thank you to Dave Re for hiring me.

Photo by Ian Webb

Some of the designs I created are available at the CrossFit Stuff Store. A small sampling of the work I have done and continue to do.

Design and laid out the graphics for the new gym and never got to workout as an employee there though I have been back to do work outs. It would have fun to enjoy the wall before getting the official boot.

Unicorn Illustration by Lucas Musgrave

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

2018 CrossFit Games year 3 it's a wrap

This was my third year working for CrossFit HQ at the CrossFit Games 2018. I had a great time. This is the last day in WI we will be traveling home tonight from Chicago. I can't believe the timing of the CrossFit skateboard video launching while traveling to the Games. When I was walking off the plane in Madison the CrossFit Games app had a message showing my video launching. I was nervous and excited at the same time. I had so many nice people come up to me at the Games and comment on how they liked the video.

This is the first year I worked on only Score Cards in Bat Cave with Dave Eubanks (his video launched during Games as well), Sue (Goddess status) and awesome crew. I never realized until this year how hard it was to work both Photo Editing and Score Cards. Last year I never saw one live event and the year before when it was in Carson I saw what ever was happening out of our window. I know it helped that I got up at 4:00 am to work on cards every year. This year I got up at 5:00. It was a huge bonus also that I got the first rough document sooner than usual. I was able to get some of the work done prior to heading to the Games.

What people may not know is how hard everyone is working behind the scenes. Dave Eubanks and Boz do an amazing job. Gabe, TC and Fireman Dave kickass as well. Lots of others in the Scoring room. Lots of amazing judges that are CrossFit coaches. Video production Erick Diaz, Dan and crew. Susannah Di who does all the large graphics and laid out Dave Castro's book. Which is really a good read. I bought it and told myself if I can get by the first chapter I'll read it. I was happily surprised it is really good and worth reading if you are a true CrossFit fan. In my opinion.

I learned to support myself and work and not expect anyone to really look out for me. I bust ass and feel great to have been appreciated for what I do from Kathy Glassman and a few others I ran into. I thank Greg Glassman everyday for what I have learned and how I live though I did eat some pretty bad stuff after the Games finished but I'll get back to the routine of CrossFitting with coach Jenny and eating better.

My son Taylor volunteered for the second year. It cost me a flight, food and I had to pay for care with my mom. So pretty much all the overtime money goes to covering the costs of going. Thank you for to Dave Re head of photography who let Taylor run cards for the most hard working photo team that shot tons of amazing photos. We heading south to Arlington Vermont to hang out for a few days before heading home. We stayed near the Ned Brown Preserve so we can check out the greenery and so Taylor could fish a little. I am grateful for having days with my son alone and for getting away from having to worry about anyone else but us. I miss my family and my dog Cooper who will be happy to see us at 2:00 am ish when we get home tonight.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Badass Skatemom CrossFit Video Skateboard Hall of Fame

May 4th I was inducted into the Skateboard Hall of Fame. Here is a quick post about how this video got made. I'm currently in Madison WI working in my hotel room before heading to the Scoring Bat Cave room where I'm working on all of the event score cards for the judges. The past two years I've done score cards as well as worked in Media in photography and downloaded and ingested photos of the games. It has always been fun but so stressful to have to be in two places at the same time. When you leave one room and they say hurry back and then the other room is waiting for you to power and get their work done which is super time sensitive and accuracy is to the detail. 10-12 hour days the norm and last year the food was awful this year they are trying but they still don't get the Crossfit style diet. Fresh vegetables not from a can, no sugar and no preservatives please.

Big thank you to Tyson Oldroyd Coordinating Producer, CrossFit HQ Media he had the idea to do a video on my skateboarding and CrossFit. Thanks Sevan (Executive Director of Media and Content, CrossFit Inc.)for letting him do it. Thanks to the awesome Lindsay and Elliot Schrock of Schrock Films

The Schrocks arrived on Tuesday night. They videoed me working out at the regular 8:30 HQ class with Jenny Lau the most awesome coach. We met two hours later at the NHS museum thanks Rich Novak and Bob Denike for letting me shoot there with them. I ran home they went back to HQ. We got to use the CrossFit Sprinter Van and they came by the house and picked up my family and we all headed down to Anaheim. We had plans on hitting a few parks on the way down but we lost a day so we had to compress everything. We arrived late on Thursday. Friday am we met in the Hotel they did a interview while my family went off to a sporting goods store. I'm not comfortable getting photographed or interviewed I prefer the other side of the camera photo art directing or styling the shoot. After the interview in my hotel room we met up and went to a local park. I had scouted a few close by. It was hot in the 90's and it was more of a street course with tons of guys. We went to another park in Fountain Valley 10 minutes away the traffic was a mess from construction. Found the park it had guys in it but it was more my style with rollins and coping but nothing too gnarly.

When I first arrived I was a bit intimidated with the guys there looking at the big black van that rolled up me getting out and then Elliot following me around with the camera. I was thinking they are going to be so unimpressed with my riding but fuck it. By the time we were done the guys were so nice and they were snapchatting and we were stoked to have met.

We drove back to the hotel I had two hours to get ready for the Skateboard Hall of Fame. I practiced my speech a few times. I was nervous but happy. My friend Frances arrived and we went to the event.

Thank you to Maria Carrasco for the slalom racing footage my slalom racing sponsor Sk8kings. James Cassimus for his Capitola shot, Michael "Smiley" Goldmann for his Winchester footage, Gary Medeiros for the plexiglass shot. James Sweigert for the N-men footage. I'm honored to get this video. Thanks John Ravitch, my dad Richard Oyama who I've not had the time to go by and show the video too.

Thanks friends that I asked for high resolution images.

Don't miss the N-men Documentary Trailer link

Sunday, May 6, 2018

My Skateboard Hall of Fame Induction 2018 Speech

I'm so honored to be inducted to the Skateboard Hall of Fame 2018. It has been a whirl went of a week. I want to thank IASC and Skateboard Hall of Fame for putting on a great event. I have to thank John Ravitch and Melissa Yinger for helping me edit my speech and bio. I rewrote my speech like 4-5 times. I wanted to thank everyone in it but John reminded me it was about my skate career and what skateboard meant to me. What three things did I want to say. He's had more experience as a speaker and he gave me great insight to how to speak and told me to relax and take the nervous energy as excitement. Big thanks to Cindy Whitehead of Girl is not a 4 letter word, who was inducted in 2016 for her tips since she went through it and knew the ins and outs. Thanks to Laura Thornhill for navigating me through the steps as well, all the key deadline dates for the bio, photos and all hotel info the VIP seats and killer inductee swag bag. Big shout to Steven King who helped fill 3 VIP tables with a serious cool crew of friends, many who drove hours from Northern California to make the venue.

Here is my speech I updated a few words I had changed to be as close to the words I spoke that night. I used an app that was great to practice thanks Jack Smith of the Morro Bay Skateboard Museum for the tip. For some reason that night it didn't work as planned it started and stopped so I had to push it with my finger. NO big deal. My speech in practice was under 6 minutes. I didn't want to have one of the long boring rambling speeches that bored f out to everyone on such a long night as it was.

Thank you to Don Bostick who introduced to come out to do the speech. Don's been a huge part of skateboarding and I hope to see as an Icon SHOF Award winner one day. We go way back from skateboarding for Santa Cruz Skateboards back in the 70's.

Hey. Hello everyone! Hello!

Thank you, Don, for that special introduction. You have been front and center to this sport for decades - I know its been a lifetime commitment and we have all benefited from it - thx. So (pause) you’ve got to know one thing: I am SO AMPED to be here tonight! I feel like I’m standing on a big gnarly 9-foot ramp ready to drop in to a badass hill! (I honestly never thought tonight would happen. Being here with all of you is such an awesome feeling.) Thank you IASC and Skateboard Hall of Fame, and all of my friends!

Along the way, I have made some really amazing friends—too many to mention—but I can tell you we have three full Oyama tables of them here tonight.

So here is the deal - I’ve never been the best skater. Initially, I didn’t skate for contest titles. I just skated for the fun of it - the mastery of shooting down a hill or reaching for a frontside grind in a 10-foot pool. It was always just me and my board. Period. And it still is–cuz I am still pushing. Like many of you, I just love to skate. It’s amazing that so many long-time skaters are still ripping hard and many others are revisiting it with their kids, sharing the legacy of parks, hills and vert.

And as a Mom myself, this is so gratifying to see. You know we have successfully ‘jumped the gap” when a new generation of kids and parents are riding together in the same bowl. How cool is that? Where I ride, we are the “morning crew,” getting our runs in before work or at lunch before the young kids have gotten their sorry asses out of bed! (ha!)

At my first downhill skate contest in 1979 at Capitola, I was the only female and came in 8th among the pack of men. Who knew that downhill skateboarding would grow to what it is today? I’m really proud to be one of the early pioneers in vert, downhill and slalom racing. I skated with many awesome women many which are here tonight.

Thanks to Richard Novak and Jay Shuirman for sponsoring me on Team Santa Cruz, and to all the brands associated with NHS when I was 16. Thank you to Fausto and Eric of Independent Trucks for giving me a set of the amazing suspension trucks that actually turned. Their trucks have kept many of us riding from the 70s to present day.

I want to quickly thank my Dad for taking me to skateparks up and down the California coast when I was 14. Luckily for me, he was a professional photographer - capturing decades of photos of my skating. He never told me I couldn’t do something, and to this day he is supportive (and unfazed) that I’m still skating. Thx, Dad.

More to the point—I never thought I’d still be skating today, not to mention still improving. Though I won the slalom World Championships 15 years ago—I am still racing and competing. Pushing it. I learned to tail drop on my 50th birthday—because I still have this vision of hitting coping like we did at Winchester back in the 70s. Though I’m twice, in some cases 3 times older than the other kids in the bowl, I still feel like a kid myself.

Slalom racing is another story. Its a rush and being older is an advantage - experience really matters. You launch off a ramp on a steep decline before threading thru 60-plus cones in 22 seconds—it’s a full-on head-head battle. Races are lost or won by inches and hundredths of a second. I really love it. It fills my highly competitive side–something that my fellow racers know all too well - I also get to race (and beat) some of the guys.

As you heard from Don, I have been riding for 45 years, and about 5 years ago I was beginning to slow down just a bit. Lose my edge. I could barely get through the final rounds of racing. So I dug in and went from being out of shape to a much stronger version of myself in under a year due to starting CrossFit at 53. Now I can power to the finish line of long gnarly courses and even foot brake at high speeds. Sometimes stopping is the most challenging part of racing!!!!

Beyond racing, I am really proud of the work I did with Board Rescue a skate non-profit Gary Holl founded to help underprivileged children enjoy skateboarding. We donated nearly half a million dollars of equipment to over 5,000 in-need kids by leveraging donations from NHS, Skate 1, Sk8kings, Levis, Google and many others.

If you know me, I am passionate about helping women in our sport. But no one spends more time at it then my long time friend Cindy Whitehead. She spends countless hours gathering news and key milestones all around female skaters with her Girl is not a 4 letter word brand and blog and donates her money to support women skaters. The number of women skaters ripping today is jaw dropping. Read my lips: The women are coming up fast, and I predict we will have some global superstars before Tokyo in 2020. Get ready.

So, thank you. It’s been a great 45 years of riding, racing, designing and representing this sport, I plan to keep riding. Just because I’m getting older doesn’t mean I have to stop. Ever. It has been an awesome life full of skateboarding and I’m looking forward to many more sessions with you. We are the first generation of skateboarders skating into our 60s and beyond - how crazy is that?

Finally, a big thanks to my amazing husband, Greg, and my wonderful kids, Taylor and Ryan, for letting me go ride, race and carve bowls pretty much every weekend.

Thank you all and remember - stay badass!

Leading up to that night there have been many things that have happened to get to the SHOF. Thank you Sevan and Tyson for wanting to make this a CrossFit story to add to the amazing stories that CrossFit shares on their website. I want to share my story about how CrossFit has made me a better version of myself because of my change in diet and constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. I'm getting my own video filmed by Lindsay and Elliot of Schrock Films from Austin. Long story short they arrived a day later than planned so we compressed a two day video production into one day and drove to Anaheim with my family. Thanks to Brad for organizing our travel we took the CrossFit company Mercedes 12 seat Sprinter van that had under 1,000 miles on it. Which I still have sitting in front of my house that I want to take to the car wash and return.

So Thursday morning they did a video of my workout at the regular morning CF class with amazing coach Jenny Lau it was Front Squat day Front squat 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1 reps, which was good since the day before was 5,000 K run which was 3 miles on the road and it took me 39.59 just under 40 minutes. (I'm slow.) I PR'ed (Personal Record) 126.5 lbs. after working out. We went to the NHS Museum thank you Rich and Bob for letting us shoot in the museum. They shot my board and safety gear that is there. We drove to LA in the van.

The next day we did an interview in my hotel room, after a short break in 100 degree weather we went to check out a skatepark that was close by. It was full of guy skating and it was a small more street style park. I wasn't feeling it as far as skating. I looked up and found another park 6 miles away in Fullerton. We went there. It was a cool small park with banks and coping more my style. When I first got there it was a bit intimating since there were guy already skating. By the time I left it we were doing selfies and chatting it up. We raced back to the hotel and I had an two hours before heading to the venue. The rest was epic. More to come...

Friday, February 23, 2018

List of Skateboard Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees and I'm one!

Photo: Bill Golding

I am truly honored to be included in this years Skateboard Hall of Fame 2018 induction. Yesterday at noon I watched the Facebook live announcement. I told myself to be prepared to not get in so I wouldn't be disappointed. To my surprise I was the first person announced by Laura Thornhill. Congrats to Pattie Hoffman who was the only other female to make this years SHOF. More will get in. It was the first time I was on the list.

Thank you to all my friends and family that supported my skateboarding passion. To Cindy Whitehead and John Ravitch who always believed when I did not.

Here is the ticket info on the event set for a special Starwars May the 4th be with you date.


Enjoy a night of fun, friends and great memories as we honor the skateboarders, industry pioneers and icons that have left an indelible imprint on the history of skateboarding and our culture. The 8th Annual Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Icon Awards Ceremony presented by House of Vans will be held at the City National Grove of Anaheim, California on May 4, 2018. 2018 Inductees

1960s: Tommy Ryan

1970s Era 1: Mike Weed

1970s Era 2: David Hackett and Brad Bowman

1980s Era 1: Allen Losi

1980s Era 2: Matt Hensley

1990s: Guy Mariano

Female: Pattie Hoffman and Judi Oyama

Icons: Skateboarder Magazine, Bahne Skateboards, and Jeff Ho

Event Schedule 5:00 PM VIP HAPPY HOUR




10:00 PM Special Musical Guest



All proceeds benefit the not-for-profit efforts of the International Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the Go Skateboarding Foundation. The Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Icon Awards Ceremony is a production of the International Association of Skateboard Companies under license from the International Skateboarding Hall of Fame™.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Who made the 2018 Skateboarding Hall of Fame

2018 Skateboarding Hall of Fame nominees

I've been skateboarding since 1973. I skate because I love skateboarding. Thank you everyone for the calls, texts, likes and comments. I am truly thankful.

There are several men's categories. I don't want to complain but putting all the women in one category is rough. Each decade had it's hero's. The bowl riding we did in the 70's is nothing like what these women and girls can do now. I've ridden since 1973. My first race was in 1973 my last race was Nevada City 2017.

First Capitola Race photo my dad Richard Oyama

Nevada City race 2016 and 2017 photos Brad T. Miller

Team Santa Cruz NorCal N-men crew photo taken at the Sierra Wave in Sacramento 70's

Winchester Skatepark

Female I put links to the women. If you want a different link let me know. Congrats to all of the ladies! and the men.

Brenda Devine (RIP)

Colleen Boyd 

Deanna Calkins 

Desiree Von Essen Harrington

Edie Robertson

Judi Oyama

Linda Benson

Pattie Hoffman

Tina Trefethen 

1. 1960's

Cliff Coleman

Cris Dawson

Dave Hilton

John Fries

Tommy Ryan

2. 1970's Era One

Bob Biniak

Chris Yandall

Denis Shufeldt

John Hutson

Mike Weed

Waldo Autry

3. 1970's Era Two

Brad Bowman

Chris Strople

David Hackett

Dennis Martinez

Doug "Pineapple" Saladino

Kevin "The Worm" Anderson

Rick Blackhart

Tom Inouye

4. 1980's Era One

Allen Losi

Billy Ruff

John "Tex" Gibson

Lester Kasai

Micke Alba

Mike Smith

5. 1980's Era Two

Jeff Grosso

Jeff Phillips

Jesse Martinez

Matt Hensley

Mike Vallely

Ray Barbee

6. 1990's

Chad Muska

Guy Mariano

Jason Lee

Kareem Campbell

Kris Markovich

Pat Duffy

Salman Agah

Sean Sheffey

Tom Penny

7. Female

Brenda Devine

Colleen Boyd 

Deanna Calkins

Desiree Von Essen Harrington

Edie Robertson

Judi Oyama

Linda Benson

Pattie Hoffman

Tina Trefethen 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Made the 2018 Skateboarding Hall of Fame list for the first time

I'm super excited to be a 2018 Skateboarding Hall of Fame nominee. Congrats to my fellow nominees in the female division: Desiree Von Essen, Deanna Calkins, Edie Robertson, Pattie Hoffman, Brenda Devine (RIP), Colleen Boyd, Linda Benson, and Tina Trefethen. The ceremony is May 4th in Anaheim. (two will be inducted) This is the first time I've made the cut. Wow! I am honored.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Gold Rush Classic 2017 Giant Slalom Results

Photo: Brad T. Miller September 2, 2017 First place Giant and Super Giant Slalom

Capitola Classic 1980 photo by my dad. 37 years apart. I don't practice the fast riding since it's hard to find hills. I need to work on my tuck! lol

Year two Gold Rush Classic in Nevada City California, during the hottest days of the century. One of the best giant slalom and super giant slalom runs ever. I use to skip the Giant Slalom because I felt it was too fast and gnarly for me, but over the past few years I starting riding them with Jamie Hart and Cliff Coleman. I'd go up as high as they would go up. Then one of us would get up on the ramp and then it would push one of us to get on the ramp. It was like dammit now I have to do it. I didn't go off the big ramp during the giant slalom it was hard to get through the top 5-6 cones. There was a bump in the road that made your board jump if you weren't careful.

For the Super Giant slalom I did one practice run from the lower ramp and made the course just fine. I hit one cone near the bottom which is jolting at those speeds. Your legs are pretty heated by the last section. We were given 3 runs during the race. I did one run off the regular ramp and got a fast time. I got up on the big ramp even with being scared but anxious I went for it. It felt faster than the first run. I never checked my time which is a big no no and didn't check Nicole's time a fast downhiller since I was 3 seconds faster on the first run. It was 102 on the top of the hill I was just happy and took the rest of the day off. I thought I didn't need to try and go faster, it was hot and I was stoked and done. I probably should of taken a last run and raced myself and done the big ramp again.

I'm stoked to have one and know that these two ladies will be fast and make me try harder. They needed the right set up and will get the hang of it for next year! They didn't make the top of the course mainly because they were riding downhill boards that don't turn like a slalom board. I'm watching and listening to Underexposed Skate Documentary a women's skate documentary. The women's skate movement is strong and I hope to encourage more women, moms and girls to go skate. I have fought the system for decades. I was sponsored by Santa Cruz Skateboards in the 70's, Indy...I have sponsors still and appreciate all they do. Thanks Sk8kings Skateboards for the awesome fast wheels and killer boards. Thanks Brad T. Miller for the awesome photos and Ripetide Skates for the PSD foot stops, Bronson Speed Bearings for the fastest speeds.

My two cents all you ladies, mom's and girls. Be kind to each other. Don't be the bullies to each other. Focus on skateboarding. Keep it fun. Support each other don't bring each other down.

Juniors Giant Slalom

1st Dartanyan Ward 55.920

Juniors Super G

1st Dartanyan Ward 47.379

Women Giant Slalom

1st Judi Oyama 48.813

Women Super G

1st Judi Oyama 43.55

2nd Nichole Rose Catambay 44.25

Masters Giant Slalom

1st Jonathan Harms 42.665

2nd Rick Floyd 43.371

3rd John Ravitch 44.271

4th Jack Russell Will 46.250

5th Clifford Coleman 46.265

6th Bruce Norski 47.798

7th Jamie Hart 48.361

8th Randy Katen 48.577

9th Glen A Stallings 51.003

Masters Super G 1st RickPink Floyd 37.470

2nd Cliford Coleman 39.665

3rd Marty Radan 40.502

4th Jamie Hart 40.884

5th Glen Stallings 42.278

6th Bruce 'Norski' Bjortvedt 43.091

Open Giant Slalom 1st Jonathan Harms 42.374

2nd Gary Fluitt 42.747

3rd Max Vickers 42.862

4th Eric Tokle 44.362

5th Keith Henderson 45.647

Open Super G

1st Max Vickers 36.300

2nd Gary Fluitt 37.675

3rd Keith Henderson 37.704

4th Jonathan Harms 37.894

5th Eric Tokle 38.042

Local Nevada City paper

Monday, August 7, 2017

The CrossFit Games in Madison is a wrap

The hotel has no wifi so I had time to write this blog of the Monday the day after the CrossFit Games in Madison. I write this blog when I have time and have done something I want to keep in the archives.

The CrossFit Games is a wrap.

A big shout out to the volunteers and all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. I powered many days of work prior to leaving and I got sick. I’m sure it had nothing to do with two weeks prior racing at the West Coast Championships in Salem Oregon and then running the Wharf to Wharf 6K the following week and not taking a breather. I was hacking and coughing most of the week if I had been home I’d have been in bed. (lol) I felt bad for my colleagues around me and kept going into the hall to clear my lungs. I had not been sick in over two years and of all things I get sick the week of the Games.

I worked on the score cards and was going back and forth most of the first 3 days between the media room where I was tagging and picking out photos for social media and CF Journal articles. The big bonus was that the Score Cards room called the Bat Cave was next door last year it was a trek to get to them going back and forth took a walk and a few flights of stairs and an elevator ride which was a good mini workout and got my blood moving.

This year Taylor (my son) got to go and he volunteered and was running memory cards for the photographers. He went from not sure about if he’d made the right choice finding out we had 12+ days to wanting to go again next year. He is stoked about CrossFit again after taking a break from doing it and realizing how cool my job is. I asked him which division he enjoyed more the teens, masters or the individuals and to my surprise the group that made the most impact was the 50+ and up category. I think a bubble went off in his head about using CrossFit to be strong and how useful it is in everyday lift. These people look like your normal elder person and then they take their shirt off and they have a six pack and are a fit as can be.

I got to see my cousin Carli and her friends for a few minutes they came all the way from Niceville Florida. Carli inspired me to try CrossFit she taught classes in South Korea (husband was a CrossFitter and Jet Pilot instructor for the US) and is a badass too. I had enough time to hand her a few tanks and some stickers and buttons. I didn’t expect her too send me some awesome selfies of her and her friends with Nicole from CF Training, Sam Dancer, and Tommy.

I didn’t get to see any of the events in person, last year we were able to look out the window from our box seats and watch between breaks every hour of doing 20 air squats or push ups. This year we were in a room with a bank of large tv monitors which was great but I think next year I’d like to at least watch a little bit in person for a few minutes. Maybe help run cards one round so I can work and watch and get a little peak of all the live action.

The women's finals were super exciting since Tia and Kara were so close in points and Tia placed second in the final event. I thought she had gotten moved down to second and it was so special to see her win. We were all in tears in the photo area at least the folks around me.

Congrats to all of the competitors! Here is a link to the Games site for more info.

Proven: Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey


Tia-Clair Toomey  

2. Kara Webb  

3. Annie Thorisdottir  


Mat Fraser  

2. Brent Fikowski  

3. Ricky Garard  


Wasatch CrossFit

2. CrossFit Mayhem  

3. CrossFit Fort Vancouver


Sorry to the ladies that were so sweet to wore my tanks. Sorry I had no free time to meet up. The Badass Skatemom thing is my side fun personal project. This was work week for me. I'll take care of you when I get back to Santa Cruz.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

CrossFit Regionals Schedule 2017 Judi's cheat sheet


The fittest men, women and teams from 17 worldwide areas will head to one of eight regional events over three weekends starting in May for their chance to compete at the Games:

Twenty men, 20 women and the top teams will advance from regions in the U.S. and Canada.

Thirty men, 30 women and the top teams will advance from Europe and Australia.

Ten men, 10 women and the top teams will advance from Latin America, Asia and Africa.

2017 Reebok CrossFit Games Season Schedule

May 19 - 21, 2017

East Regional | Albany, New York |Times Union Center

South Regional | San Antonio, Texas | Alamodome

May 26 - 28, 2017

Pacific Regional | Wollongong, Australia | WIN Entertainment Centre

California Regional | Del Mar, California | Del Mar Arena

Central Regional | Nashville, Tennessee | Music City Center

June 2 - 4, 2017

Meridian Regional | Madrid, Spain | Caja Mágica

West Regional | Portland, Oregon | Portland Expo Center

Atlantic Regional | Atlanta, Georgia | Georgia World Congress Center

I made this page for my own use. I will be working at HQ selecting photos. I wanted one place to go that made it easy to see events and info that I needed. If it helps you as well, I'm stoked. Enjoy. To find each regional you can click on the city names when you are on this Regionals linked here page.

Exhibitors are listed on each page here is California for example.

Stoked to see my friend Ryan's company 4505 Meats as a new vendor. You can click on each logo and it takes you to their website.


The 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games will be held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. After seven years at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, the Games will move to a new location for at least the next three years.

In 2010, the Games moved from the Ranch in Aromas, California, to the StubHub Center (formerly Home Depot Center) in Carson, California. The new location accommodated a much larger group of athletes and spectators. The Games have been held at the StubHub Center every July since—until now.

The Games will start Tuesday, Aug. 1, and run until Sunday, Aug. 6.

Teenage and Masters Competitions*

Dates TBA

Individual and Team Competitions

Dates TBA

*The masters competition will now include a 35-39 Masters Division. See "Online Qualifier" section above for additional details. main page

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Skateboard Sports Hall of Fame Speech Judi Oyama Class of 2017

Last nights Aptos High Sports Hall of Fame Dinner at Seascape was awesome. I am proud to be inducted with a fellow athletes from Aptos. I was the oldest class of 1977. It was great seeing coaches Jame Townsend and Lynch. At the end of the night we talked about Dave Devine. I thanked him in my speech and they said it brought great memories. We got a great plaque, award, lifetime pass to all Mariners events and a t-shirt. Big thanks to all that helped put it on and to Mark Dorfman, the Athletic Director.

Thank you to my BFF skate buddy John Ravitch for writing my retrospective. We have been skating together for the past 15 years. We skated back in the day but didn't know each other until we met in Hood River while I was walking to the race. I'm so grateful we met and stay friends. I am even more motivated now to try and go to Worlds in Canada in September. Thanks everyone that came up and talked to me as well. It was nice to see old friends and meet new ones as well.

Here is my speech.

For the record I’m more nervous public speaking then launching myself off a 9 foot ramp. I was super stoked to get this award and then stressed about having to get up in front of everyone and speak. I think awarding a skateboarder into their Sports Hall of Fame may be a first for any High School Sports program and a woman on top of that even better. Thank you! Congrats to Aptos High for being ahead of other programs by recognizing big wave riders Tyler Fox and Peter Mel, extreme skiers like Cody Townsend (who’s dad Jamie was my English Teacher) and many other athletes that do sports that aren’t usually a mainstream sport. I am honored to receive this recognition for a sport that has always been considered renegade. Skaters have a reputation for being bad but we’re not all bad. I have been skateboarding for over 44 years. I learned to skate when I was 13 with my brother Cary. We bought a board together for $24.95 and I never stopped skating. Cary couldn’t be here tonight because it’s his night to care take my mom and her husband we take turns with other family members. I learned how to skate the same ages my parents were in the Japanese Internment Camps. I reflect all the time that they didn’t have the same childhood I had so take advantage of every opportunity that I can. I’ve kept skateboarding because I love to skate. NO, I can’t do an ollie which a lot of the boys ask my son Ryan. I did learn to tail drop at the skatepark on my 50th birthday. I don’t ride pools or parks as well as I did before but that adrenaline I feed off of slalom racing on the other hand which is faster than in the past because the equipment has improved. I keep thinking I’m going to stop but then I go to a race and I come back energized and stoked again. I know if I stop I’ll never start again. I have to thank my dad for taking me to the skateparks up and down the coast while he went golfing. It was a perfect combo for the both of us. He still golfs here regularly. Thank you to my family for letting me go skate on the weekends and keep racing, and to many of my friends that probably get tired of my talking about skateboarding.

A few years ago at the World Championships in Texas they had two start ramps a regular 4 foot and a 9 foot that they called the BAR which stood for Big Ass Ramp. I went up to the top via a ladder it was shaky, creaky and I looked down and said hell no and climbed back down. But when we started racing and there were two younger women one from Russia and Latvia, both the fastest in their countries. I knew I had to get back up on the ramp. My teammate who is 10 years younger and no kids was in first place, I wanted second. I climbed up the ramp that was tilted at a forward angle so when you dropped in you couldn’t see part of the ramp just the pavement. I just looked ahead and went for it and took two seconds off my time and that got me second place. The ramp, not the race, was my accomplishment. One of the ladies came up to me after the race and said you are crazy. I’m not sure if I’m crazy but I know I will always challenge myself.

I always encourage women and girls on the sidelines that are watching their husbands, boyfriends or brothers skateboarding to try it. There is no reason to be a spectator. Get out there and do it whatever it is. I don’t want to have any regrets for not trying something. Many people don’t have the opportunity we to have to do all types of challenging and fun sports. Thank you for recognizing people that have a passion for a non conventional sport like skateboarding.


Aptos High Hall of Fame Class of 2017 >> The latest Hall of Fame class for Aptos High will be celebrated with a special ceremonies and awards banquet on Saturday at Seascape Golf Club. The class includes Judi Oyama (Class of 1977), Tracy Mitchell (Class of 1980) and Mike Schiro (Class of 1991), while Steve Bunner (Class of 1980) will be inducted as an honorary member. The Class of 2017 will also include K.C. Fox (2005), Casey Nevitt (2003), Bobby Powers (2000), Kelly Stratton (1990) and Bryan Van Meter (2004).