Last year I met this really cool little
11 year old ripper who I think should get big props for taking on
those big Oregon bowls. She's been skating 3 1/2 years. Her name
is Zea and here's a little bit about her life growing up surrounded
by all those great skateparks.
S) Why skating?
What I mean is, why do you skateboard when you could be doing other
sports, activities, etc.?
Z) I didn't have a choice in the matter. I said "girls can't
skate" so my dad made me, Kyla, and Mom start skating.
S) What's it like
to have a family who loves skating as much as you?
Z) It's weird because on every road trip we stop at a park. Also,
are known as "The Skater Family." It is also neat because
we help each other
learn new tricks and we encourage each other.
Do you feel your parents are skate role models for you and Kyla?
Z) My dad is because he is liked by a lot of skateboarders, and
my mom because she encourages girls to skate.
S) Describe the
skate scene in Eugene.
Z) There are older guys and bikers that are supportive of the skaters.
Everyone is friendly and if someone is mean to younger kids they
get yelled at by the older skaters.
S) Do any of your
close friends skate?
Z) None of my school friends skate, but I have made friends that
are just as nice that skate.
S) What is it about
skateboarding that makes you keep doing it?
Z) All the boys I know that encourage me to keep skating.
S) If you could
choose to skate anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
Z) I would go to Australia or some place were people have the cool
S) Tell us a little
something about what your life is like when you're not skating.
Z) I love reading and am crazy about animals. I love cats and horses
a lot. I like drawing. I want to do track.
S) What are your
Z) Grab airs, and handplants.
S) What is your
most memorable experience/occasion?
Z) Dropping the 9 ft. bowl at Churchill.
S) What is your
favorite music, color, sport, etc.?
Z) I love green, skateboarding, and almost all music.
S) Who are your
Z) Concrete Divas
S) What do you think
about where girls' skateboarding is at now, and where would you
like to see it go in the future (skaters, media coverage, events,
Z) I think more girls have started skateboarding and it will continue
S) Where do you
see yourself 5 years from now?
Z) I can't see that far ahead because it depends on what happens
from now until then. If I continue skating I think I will be good.
do you think of when you read the following:
the futurefloating skateparks
trying something newexcitement
Thank you Zea!
A listing of Zea's
Cal Young1st/ boys division, Summer 02.
Roseburg Contest3rd/ boys division, Summer 02.
Harvest Boards Contest2nd/ boys division, Winter 02.
RAS contestCal Young2nd/ boys division, Summer 03.
Round Robinall parks in Eugene, all ages 7th/16, Summer 03.
Harvest Boards Video Contest2nd, Summer of 03.
Boardsports at Cal YoungFall 03.
Harvest Moon at Bethaltied for 3rd, Fall 03.
Springfield2nd place girls, Summer 04.
Boardsports at Cal Young2nd place girls, Summer 04.