Let’s begin from the beginning. How old were you when you started skateboarding? What inspired you to skate?
I started skating when I was around eleven years old. The first thing that sparked my interest was I was at my grandpa’s house and my uncle brought out some old videos of him skating back in the 80s and 90s on this old plywood ramp that he built on his own in the desert.
I just remember watching the videos and thinking, “wow, I really want to make videos like that.” My brother used to skate as well, he took me to the skatepark when I showed interest in it, and I just loved it immediately. Two of my three older brothers skated, so they got me into it, but I was mostly just skating on my own.
What is the skate scene like in Arizona? Where do you skate/train?
I think of it as a big family. We all have a deep love and appreciation for skating, and I think you have to love it, to make it through the summer, because in the summer it’s like up to 120 degrees, a super dry desert heat that makes for rough skate spots.
There’s a lot of skate shops in Phoenix, like Cowtown’s Skateboards who support us. In 2022 Dashawn Jordan and Andrew Nicolaus opened Faces Skateshop, and have put a big foot forward for the Arizona/Tempe skate community, supporting local skaters and putting on events and video premiers. Cowtown’s founded the Phoenix AM and I think that’s what originally gave Arizona a lot more recognition and a solid spot in the skate industry. Women have always skated the Phoenix AM here and there, which has been really inspiring to me. In maybe 2017, 2018 Fabiana Delfino came out to skate in the Phoenix AM and that was super special and inspiring for me.
I grew up skating at Tempe Skatepark and when I started women skateboarders were really scarce. But there’s a team of riders called Las ChicAZ who gave women a home for skating, skaters like Di’Orr Greenwood (of the Navajo Nation) who have paved the way for skaters from the reservation, she makes art and teaches skate classes.
You took first place in women’s street style at Jackalope VB, and again in Montreal. Epic! What was the experience like for you, skating at Jackalope?
Both events were really special to me for a few reasons. The whole time it felt like skating with a bunch of friends. The crowd was so lively and positive, which makes Jackalope one of the few competitions that I’ve been really hyped to skate and compete in.
Skating is changing very quickly and becoming more about the sport and athletic atmosphere with much more rigid standards as to what will get you points and what will not. A lot of skaters in the upcoming generations skate very similarly and try to fit into that box, which is amazing, and the level of women’s skating is incredible right now, and only going up, but for me skateboarding is an art, a form of self-expression.
I’ve always skated a bit differently and followed my own path, and Jackalope is a competition that has appreciated and awarded the diversity that I and other skaters have brought to the game. The atmosphere that is created just reminds me of the love of skating, and I feel that in the crowd as well. It’s an amazing feeling. The people in Montreal were all very, very nice and welcoming. I have some friends there and they showed me around, very laid back, just a great experience.