Sunday, April 3, 2022

Sizzler Slalom Skateboard Race 1st Qualifier for the World Skate Games

Cold Fusion Sizzler 2022 Slalom Skateboard Race 




Women's Overall First Lynn Kramer in the middle, I got second and Madie Prez placed third. 



World Skate Games Qualifier, in Hockley, Texas on the Soap Box Derby Hill, is in the record books. I had raced there before so I knew the hill and that we didn’t have to footbrake which is a big plus. The only thing I was worried about for weeks was the BAR. Big Ass Ramp, a 9 foot wobbly beast of a ramp that is tilted forward so you can’t see the ramp just the asphalt. Well, it died due to termites eating it for the past few years the race was postponed.

I placed 2nd overall in the women’s division. We had the largest women’s division (6) total from age 11-62. Maggie (11) was the only junior at the race she was amazing. Isa came from New Mexico and Madee from New Orleans, Lynn Kramer from San Diego. Lynn is the reigning 15 time Women’s World Champion and is fast as F#$% beating many of the pro men.

I placed 2nd overall amongst the men with George Papas taking first and placing in the top 3 men’s Pro as well as taking the 1 slot open to go to the World Skate Games in Argentina. Isa got the women’s slot and is seated to go as well, congrats to both of them. 

This was the weekend for me to try different boards, adjust trucks and change wheels. I realized the last two runs of the weekend I had my back trucks too tight because the hybrid and tight courses were fast and tight and I started running cleaner (hitting less cones) after loosening my truck.


Lesson learned and keep adjusting you can always adjust back. Thank you to my sponsors that helped me get to the races and provided the gear I needed to skate.


@santacruzskateboards @bronsonspeedco @mobgrip @riptidesports @girlisnota4letterword @lenzarts @oldbonestherapy @cattosgraphics @turbowheels team @sk8kingsskateboards
Santa Cruz Skateboards has sponsored me since I was 16, I am 62 now.



Live feed videos of the racing:



Here is a photo of the BAR Bad Ass Ramp so you can see the regular ramp from the 9 foot ramp. 2015





Here is a video link dropping in on one of my Giant Slalom Runs from 2015.


Saturday, March 19, 2022

Skateboarding over 60 Getting and Keeping Skate Sponsors


I am not ashamed to tell people how old I am and never have been. I have been skateboarding for over 49 years. I didn't even think I would still be slalom skateboarding again for another 21 years. My OG Santa Cruz teammate Steve Olson told me that slalom racing has started up again and I should race. I searched the internet to see where slalom was happening and what board setups everyone was using. Got a hold of Henry Hester another OG teammate and he sent me a Nina Roe Racing deck that was named after his daughter. Fast forward to today next weekend I will be at the racing at the WSG Qualifier #1 Texas Sizzler XVII Mach 2 in Houston (Hockley) Texas.

A month ago I skated in Southern California and was stoked to get a post on one of my favorite websites Judi Oyama crushes it at the President's Jam in Poway Thanks to my BFF Cindy Whitehead who posted my slalom skateboard racing video on her IG and Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word Movement is fiscally sponsored by Skatepark Association International a 501c3 non-profit established in 2002 who sent me funds to help me to go to Argentina to compete in the World Skate Games. I am one of 4 women that got seated to represent the USA.

All these years of skateboarding I have had long relationships with companies that have sponsored me since I was 16. NHS Fun Factory owned by Rich Novak has been there for me. Bob Denike just celebrated 35 years of being the President of the company. I am humbled and honored to have so many companies support my skateboarding for all these years. 

I have been asking for product and financial support to help raise money to get to Argentina and the other races. It's not cheap and I have other responsibilities like raising a family, and caregiving for aging parents. I feel super fortunate to have several cool brands step up and help. 

Yesterday, Lenz Arts gave me a check to pay for flight the WSG Qualifier #1 Texas Sizzler XVII Mach 2 in Houston (Hockley) Texas. I have been working in-house on marketing products and behind the scenes changes that the customers can't see but will benefit from for years to come. They are an amazing family and I'm working on updating the website, POS and other visual merchandising and graphic projects.

Keeping and getting sponsors takes time and years of dedication. You need to ride the equipment give feedback on what works and doesn't work so it helps the company with future upgrades or products. Never bad mouth companies because it will come back to you. I always tell people to never burn a bridge. Cindy Whitehead and I talk about what it takes to get sponsors and want to help mentor young up and coming skaters. We both worry that because skateboarding has become an Olympic Sport that parents will push kids to the point they will not love skateboarding like we have for all these years. 



QR code to video on IG.



A big part of my continued skateboard abilities come from working out 5 days a week at CrossFit Aptos. Staying fit and strong has made a huge difference in my skateboarding and life in general, thank you to my awesome coaches. Thank you for posting my video on your Instagram.


QR code to video on CrossFit Aptos IG. 


 

I want to thank all of my skateboard sponsors:

New Updated Shirt in the works. 




Friday, February 18, 2022

Skateboarding Longevity and Determination Flashback Issue 1 of Thrasher Magazine

Today, I saw a post about the 500th issue of Thrasher Magazine on Instagram. I looked back at the first issue on Thrasher's website and noticed it had an article about Downhill Skateboard Racing and the Gold Cup Series that I had skated in. (I still have my first copy.)





Spread from the first issue of Thrasher Magazine flashback. 

A look back and realization that not being the top women's team rider changed me and probably helped me in the long run. At the Capitola Classic and I was ahead of all of the women even with a crash and sliding 25 feet down the double yellow in short shorts and hitting my head. 

After John Hutson won on a set of special Park Rider wheels that were super tall and fast, Jay put the winning wheels on Terry Brown's board and she beat me at the finish line. Winning is winning but I ended up with more photos and press because I raced my heart out. I wasn't the big name I ended up not getting the special wheels and placing second. In the long run it made me fight harder and continue to skate decades later. 

(For anyone that wonders why I stopped competing in vert it was the Winchester contest judges that made me stop competing in scored contests and just do timed events and that's another story. Because I get asked alot but don't usually tell why)



Decades later Terry told me she never considered that she won that race. It was good to hear but I will always remember feeling like the second pro rider for Santa Cruz and not as important. I was still honored and proud to be sponsored Santa Cruz Skateboards and Independent Trucks.

 Competition is competition it is cut throat and not everyone likes competing. You can have a career as a free rider in some sports like Surfing legend Santa Cruz surfer Josh Mulcoy and freeskier Cody Townsend. Skateboarding not so much.



Capitola Classic Downhill in Action Now with Michele Baker. Photo: James Cassimus


Capitola Classic shot by Dan Devine took that is in the Smithsonian Collection

If you had told me I'd still be skateboarding and racing in 2022 I would probably think you were cray cray. I remember another competitor asking me what it would be like skating in 20 years? I told her I probably won't be skating that was 18 years ago. 

This weekend I will be racing in Southern California my first head to head race since Morro Bay Classic 2019


Video by Gary Fluitt and crew







 

Monday, January 31, 2022

Will Slalom Skateboarding and Downhill Racing make the next Olympics? Oldest skate career making some Herstory!


First slalom race with Lisa Harner Capitola 1975 Photo: Richard Oyama


Second downhill race Capitola Classic 1980 from the Independent Trucks Built to Grind book. Photo: Reg Caseilli


Santa Cruz Sentinel Article my mom cut out. I was the only woman racing downhill the year before. I have no photos and placed middle of the pack.


Hood River World Championships 2012 Photo: Steven King


Nevada City 2018 Photo: John Ravitch


The Bar (Bad Ass Ramp) at the Texas Sizzler is 9' tall on the far right and left images. It is tall and wobbly. No joke and you can't see the bottom and you go in kind of blind. You have a choice for a regular ramp and a shorter one. I am not sure if they are going to do that at the March race coming up. 

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Skate Collector my side hustle and life long passion

For those that don't know me and wonder how a female is selling vintage skateboard items in a mostly male dominated past time. I thought I would give a little skateherstory.

I have been collecting skateboard items since I started skateboarding in 1973. I worked at NHS in the early days stuffing bearings into Road Rider 2's, shipping the first Indy trucks and silk screening Santa Cruz Skateboard decks, when NHS was located where the Santa Cruz Boardroom is now. I was one of the first sponsored female skateboarders who rode for Santa Cruz Skateboards and Independent Trucks. I still skate decades later and keep in touch with many of the skate friends I have had forever. One of the best reasons to keep skating is to hang out with friends and skate. 

I am super stoked because my Skate Collector site slowly but surely starting work. I use to sell my boards and items on eBay but I don't like how complicated they make it and they have enough money. I have tons of skate stuff and will eventually start putting more stuff up. My kids aren't interested in my old skate stuff. I'm want to share and sell stuff so I can use the money for things like a new computer and get more weight lifting gear for my backyard home gym. Yeah, as my son Ryan would say "TMI mom". For those that are interested this is my blog and I can say whatever I want.



Soon to be added on my Skate Collector website or on Instagram Skateboard Sticker Collector Screaming Hand golf balls and Ames posters.



I was one of the first Japanese female vertical and downhill skateboarders in skate herstory (female skateboard pioneer). I was probably the least photographed female skater when I was in my prime BITD and was fortunate to have a professional photographer father who would take me to skateboard parks or I would bring my own camera and ask friends to shoot thankfully Goldman shot my favorite Winchester session so there is actual proof I skated. I wish someone had footage of me doing backside full axle carve grinds during the Winchester Open. The men got coverage the women didn't.





Winchester Skatepark 1978 photo John Krisik




Winchester Skatepark 1979 photo Mike Smiley Goldman




Page from the Independent Built to Grind book Capitola Classic 1980 photo: Reg Caselli

Skating makes me happy. I have been selling some of my duplicate skate items and some items from a long time retired NHS employee who collected hard to find short run items. I sold the last pair of NOS Road Rider 6's that were from a found box of wheels that went up on the NHS museum wall. (Temporarily closed probably due to the Covid spike) It is free to tour you just need to make an appointment.




Saturday, September 11, 2021

Skateboard Hall of Fame 2021 NorCal John Hutson and Cliff Coleman

 As long as I have been able to vote on the Skateboard Hall of Fame panel I have voted for these two.

Cliff has been skating since the 60's. He has taught me and many others how to slide stop and save yourself from wrecking yourself at high speeds. John Hutson and I use to train together 3 days a week at Aptos High going towards the lower parking on the big hill. Congrats to all of the inductees!


Cliff Coleman Signal Hill


John Hutson LaCosta Races So Cal and Signal Hill





It is nice to finally see them inducted!



Thursday, September 2, 2021

Selfie Santa Cruz Masters First Friday September 3rd 2021

 


This is the what is on the top side of my Selfie Board
That is on display at Greater Purpose Brewing Company 
(21517 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062)  in Santa Cruz starting 




Bottom of Skateboard
For sale $500.00 
with Board Rescue and Judi Oyama stickers.
Board Rescue T shirt in XL


Skate photo taken at Winchester Skatepark by Santa Cruz Skateboards team mate Michael Smiley Goldman January 1979. First session riding vert after being in Hawaii for 5 weeks. I was stoked to have my grinds and carves like nothing had changed. I think sometimes a break is good.

A repurposed Board Rescue board hand painted from boards donated to us from NHS or Santa Cruz Skateboards
Board Rescue was founded by Gary Holl.
Three of us started this non-profit with Gary. Andrew Huberman PhD and myself. We had official board meetings in his living room. Sometimes we would meet and skate before at Menlo Park. 
One of our board events in SF was building these boards from donations from NHS in combination with Levis on-site employee build skateboard day. We donated boards backpacks, and Bell Helmets.






We closed Board Rescue and tried to find others to take over but couldn't at the time we all got too busy with family and work. Below is an old write up about what we did.


Northern California Skateboarders Create Board Rescue organization to provide skateboard and safety equipment to kids in need.

Palo Alto, Calif. June 2, 2008 Skateboarding is growing faster than any other sport in the United States. Lifetime skateboarders Gary Holl, Judi Oyama and Andrew Huberman, understand the benefits of skateboarding and how it can help kids better their lives. To help encourage and educate kids to the importance of quality equipment the three have founded Board Rescue. Board Rescue’s Mission is to provide free skateboards and safety equipment to children, targeting low-income and at-risk youth.
Board Rescue was founded on the belief that Skateboarding can teach many life long lessons. Like any sport, quality equipment, is the best way to experience the sport. The organization will reach out to industry manufacturers to collect high quality equipment for distribution to youth charity organizations that work with underprivileged and or at-risk youth.
“I’ve been skateboarding for 33 years”, said Gary Holl, President and Founder of Board Rescue. “Skateboarding has taught me many things that I use in my day-to-day and professional life. It’s taught me the importance of discipline, of being able to adapt to ones environment and how to interact well with different types of people- all factors that help lead to success".
Board Rescue has received initial donations from Santa Cruz Skateboards (NHS, Inc.). "Skateboarding is a lifestyle, said Bob Denike, president of NHS-Inc and life long skateboarder. "NHS and our family of companies are proud to sponsor Board Rescue’s effort to get safe, solid equipment into the hands of deserving kids".

Among the organizations first donations was to the YMCA of San Francisco, which has been the recipient of skateboards from Board Rescue. “We are going to rely on organizations like the YMCA to provide the equipment to children that really need it”, said Judi Oyama, VP of Board Rescue. "With the donation of skateboards we received from Board Rescue, we are able to provide kids who may not have had a chance to skateboard with the opportunity to experience many of the great things this sport has to offer", said Crissie Ponciano, Richmond District FLEX skate Program, 
YMCA of San Francisco.
In addition to donating skateboarding equipment, Board Rescue members reach out to local city and school organizations to encourage both skateboarding and skateboarding safety. “Of course, all sports have inherent risks”, said Andrew Huberman, PhD and Secretary/Treasurer of Board Rescue. “Understanding how to skateboard and use safety equipment correctly improves kids’ chances of having a fun and not getting injured. Bottom line is that every kid should get an equal chance to get involved in skateboarding. Board Rescue’s goal is to make sure they get that chance”.

About Board Rescue and our Contributors
Visit Board Rescue, www.boardrescue.org no longer a org
NHS Inc, www.nhs-inc.com
YMCA of San Francisco, www.ymcasf.org



Sunday, August 15, 2021

Operation Surf Skate-A-Thon Santa Cruz 2021

Skate-A-Thon Skate for Good

I am gathering the skaters in our local community in Santa Cruz, Aptos, Watsonville and NorCal folks to spend a weekend skateboarding and raising funds for Operation Surf. 


August 13-15, 2021



Skater Lara Botto ripping Derby. Thank you for the photo usage Totally Tubular Magazine @myallsnaps




Raffle Tickets available today 8:00-10:00 Scotts Valley Skatepark Today
$1.00 each in person. Local meet up if you win 
and are not there no shipping. All funds go the Skate-A-Thon plegit page.



 

Legendary downhill skateboarder and World Record Holder
John Hutson joined Friday at the Westside Pump Track




NHS Funfactory thank you for supporting this event. Santa Cruz Skateboard, Independent Trucks, Bronson Bearings, Creature Skateboards, Screaming Hand, cool items to win.



45RPM Prizes from Joel Gomez of Sessions
Vintage Skateboard graphics Soquel Skatepark, Runway Skatepark, Skateboarder magazine, Upland Skatepark.


I am excited to join this EPIC initiative! Operation Surf's mission is very important to me, and I am proud to help them make a difference in the lives of injured military and veterans, one wave at a time. Please support me by giving to my page. Every dollar counts! The life-changing programs of Operation Surf are made possible by contributions from people like you!

Your support will provide: 

  • $25 provides a 'wave' of peer-to-peer support through Operation Surf's online peer-to-peer platform called The Canteen.
  • $50 provides health-conscious meals for a day for one veteran. 
  • $100 provides a day of world-class surfing instruction for one veteran. 
  • $250 equips a veteran with a wetsuit to keep them warm and comfortable.

Operation Surf programs are at no cost to the veterans they serve, and they are invited to continue their journey long after the program is complete through various opportunities. It costs an average of $5,000 to put a veteran through an Operation Surf program and provide ongoing care.

For more information on Operation Surf, visit them on social media and their website