This is skateboarding as it should be. It’s not about what race you are or who you want to bang. It’s about having fun rolling around on a skateboard, being a freak and eating shit. I’m so happy that the tide has finally turned. It feels like the earth’s magnetic pull was off axis this whole time and finally, it’s back on track. But this time, let’s not forget the past. No more beating up on the less celebrated or fortunate. Cause being a fucking dickhead is not cool. Being yourself is.
After watching Credits, I had to stop what I was doing to go slappy some curbs. The film is compiled with epic skate spots, creative tricks, hard slams, and getting busted by cops; this film gives an energetic and a “can-do” attitude. The style is visually enhanced with a nostalgic grittiness by recording with vintage camera equipment. As a filmmaker myself, I had to know more! Overall, the fun-loving, positive, energetic theme of the film definitely unleashed my inner hellraiser to go out and fucking get some.
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.
Kristin, KEBS, Ebelinger, Kebeling, whatever you call her, KEBelinger is not only a sick skater, she’s a legit-ass human (def not a cyborg.) At only 21, she starred on an episode of MTV’s “True Life; I’m Going to Skatopia,” one of the mainstream’s first glimpses of this loco femme skate lyfe.
Elissa had us rolling at Wheels of Fortune 9, when she bestowed us the term “Cupcaking.” Since then, it’s apparent she has been a real busy bee; less time to “cupcake” her girlfriend, more spent skating, surf, travel and general Gnarhunting. With a surprise Baker Board and Nike’s first all-women skateboarding video dedicated to her, she has been entertaining the kind of respect she has always deserved.
The stakes are high this year, as teams battle it out to get the #1 edit, voted on at Thrasher.com! The challenges are kept top secret until they are revealed at 11am sharp at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle. Bodies will be put on the line, egos will be crushed, and shame will have no hold on the team that battles their way to the top. Don’t miss this one fool!