Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Monday, September 4, 2017
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 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
2. Kara Webb
3. Annie Thorisdottir
2. Brent Fikowski
3. Ricky Garard
2. CrossFit Mayhem
3. CrossFit Fort Vancouver
SPIRIT OF THE GAMES: Cole Sager
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
STAGE 2B: THE REGIONALS THREE WEEKENDS | MAY 19 - JUNE 4
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.
May 19 - 21, 2017
May 26 - 28, 2017
June 2 - 4, 2017
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.
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.
STAGE 3: THE GAMES ONE WEEK | AUG. 1 - 6
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*
Individual and Team Competitions
*The masters competition will now include a 35-39 Masters Division. See "Online Qualifier" section above for additional details. CrossFit.com main page
Sunday, April 30, 2017
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).
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Thank you everyone for placing orders with my tiny brand Badass Skatemom I have been sewing, packing, shipping every night and morning. I was sitting at work watching the CrossFit open 17.4 when Nicole Carroll's video came on and she was wearing the Mermaid tank. I was like Mermaid! and then my phone starting binging with orders within 30 minutes. I am out of some sizes and waiting for my order to come from Catto's Graphics. I am self funded and print locally. I have been bugging Scott every day. I hope to get my order in soon. I placed a second reorder of Pinks and Teal since so many people have seen my first run colors which was tone on tone. I add stickers to each of my orders. I will add a Big Mermaid to all the orders and appreciate how nice everyone has been.
New colors with my next reorder.
These are coming a few weeks after my reorder.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Made in the US $15.00 each. Once I get enough in stock I will over bulk buys of 10 and 20 wall balls.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
First round of samples came in this week. I am going to get the final batch silkscreened so I get the rich colors and handmade feel that I want. As a designer with a retail background and experience doing trade show graphics and point of purchase design I felt a need some welcome signage with some attitude. They will be available on my Badasskatemom.com website.
I have some mugs in the works too.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Super stoked to have the opportunity to go to my first Adobe Max with my CrossFit HQ Media crew. A few weeks prior to the event I painted a surfboard to be displayed at the Bash and in the Skateboard Build room. I got the board on Thursday and had to have it done and delivered to Adobe HQ by Monday morning. No problem even with the Santa Cruz CrossFit Affiliate Cup on Saturday morning which took half my day. I started it Friday in the woods at HQ during lunch putting on the primer coat. Sprayed the blue on Saturday and then the yellow top on Sunday. The weather wasn't so good on Sunday and so I had to use my blow drier between coats and had a few issues with the dry time but I had to power on and get it done.
Thank you to Scott at Catto's Graphics who cut out my graphics that I was able to pick up on Friday on my way home from work otherwise I was going to go without my design templates that saved tons of hand cut drawing time that I didn't have.
Thank you Jennifer Wills and Monika Wolff at W plus W for having me work on the board for Russell Brown.
Here are a few shots of the Surfboard in progress and at the Adobe MAX event.
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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Well not sure about it but I am honored to be inducted into Aptos High Schools Hall of Fame. I got a call last week from Mark Dorfman the Athletic Director. I was informed that I had been on the short list for a few years and that I finally got into the SHOF for the school. My son Ryan Foy goes there now and plays football. I've walked by the SHOF signs and read names like Tyler Fox (Maverick Surfer founder of Santa Cruz Waves) Peter Mel (Big Wave Surfer dad founded and runs Freeline Design) and Cody Townsend (Extreme Skier known for doing the epic chute video and who's dad was my English Teacher and who I got Giro helmets for before he was a big name but that's another story).
The Dinner isn't until April 2017 and it will be at the Seascape Golf Course. In the 70's I skateboarded for Santa Cruz Skateboards, Independent Trucks, Park Riders Wheels, Cellblocks Riser Pad, OJ Wheels. I have never bought skate shoes I was given Van's and other skate brands as my friends worked at different skate companies. I am fortunate. I always tell new skaters never burn a bridge. Be respectful. If someone offers you a product use it and if it's not something you ride don't take it just to take it.
I raced last weekend at the US Nationals in Oceanside California. Placed 2nd in the women's and beat some of the men in the Hybrid and Tight slalom skateboard race. The Giant slalom was from the top of the hill super rough pavement and fast. I am stoked to be riding and getting support from Sk8kings Skateboards, Turbo Wheels, Independent Trucks, Khiro Skateboard Products, Bronson Bearings, NHS Fun Factory, Rip Tide Foot stops and shoes from Krysta DC rep... Thank you to Lynn Kramer fastest woman on a skateboard who has won the World Title for 12 years in a row. Di Dotson for supporting the women and getting sponsorship monies to match the men's purse. I've been racing for over 40 years. It is still something that needs fixing in many of the male dominated action sports. It will happen but all the women need to work together not against each other. I'm glad the last skate park contests let girls submit a video to get it because it should not be controlled by women that gang together and only invite the girls they know. There are lots of unknown skaters out there that need to have a chance.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Day 7 in LA working at the CrossFit Games. I'm super stoked to be here working on score cards and ingesting photos. 4 of us are sitting in the rooms above the soccer field getting the photographers cards, uploading, reviewing, sending photos to Social Media and putting together photo requests for the CrossFit Journal and internal needs, occasionally we stand up and stair out the window or walk around but not for long as we have a constant flow of digital media to review.
Each day we would get in at 7:00 am and we leave around 10:00 pm. On Wednesday we would do 20 air squats every hour and did 260 of them. Thursday we did 20 sit ups every hour and then before leaving we ran each row of stairs until we went around the whole stadium. It took me 45 minutes the others were done much faster. Friday we did modified push ups against the counter looking out the window. Saturday was a busy day so we did air squats when we had small gaps of time.
As a CrossFit lover and fan it is hard to read all the angry comments people post about the CrossFit Games. I work on the media team as the only graphic designer at the Santa Cruz HQ offices. Some people were so bitter about not being able to see the Aromas part of the individuals. Do you really think they could of gotten a full crew working at the ranch and the word wouldn't of gotten out about all of the athletes going there? The Open 16.5 event we had a huge crew and truck loads of camera gear and wifi set up. In 2013 there was one truck at the Staples Center and now there are like a dozen. It is impressive to see what goes behind the scenes here and with a small crew of people that are doing it.
I hope you enjoyed the show many of you will see more than several of us that work at CrossFit will see because we will be in the rooms feeding all the photos and info that we can. Thank you to all the volunteers that I met that came from all over the world. I was in the judging Bat Cave room working on Score Cards and it was amazing to see all of the passion and dedication for the sport.
I run a small company called Badass Skatemom I design some small runs of t shirts and stickers it's been a fun way to do something for myself and friends.