Hire Elissa Steamer

If you guys haven’t already taken a look at Patrick Odell’s newest installment of Epicly Later’d, then you need to jump on that shit. The final part in Elissa Steamer’s series just went up this week. Ultimately, her impact on skating is heavier than pretty much anyone out there. The first female professional not only skates better than you do, but she probably does it with more style. Unfortunately, I think Elissa has been overlooked for a few reasons. Partly because of the fact that she’s so mellow and good natured. Another reason could be that she’s not (and never has been) a grandstanding self promoter. She’s never seemed to want that. More than anything, she just wanted to live the skate rat life and be one of the rippers.

photo courtesy of skatergirlinternational.tumblr.com

I’m stoked to see she’s staying healthy, and has moved into surfing now too. I just think that someone of Elissa’s stature that has had such an immense impact on skating, needs a role in the skate world. It sounds like she piles out here and there, but there has to be a place for her somewhere. All I can say is that if I were a Pierre or a Thiebaud or a Van Doren, that I would be looking to put her on the payroll somehow. Women in skating owe her a tremendous amount (obviously) as well. There are a ton of girls out there now that would put most of us to shame….and in my mind, that’s all because of Elissa Steamer.

photo courtesy of skateboarding.transworld.net

Draplin in Utah

I went to see Aaron Draplin‘s Tall Tales From A Large Man lecture series here in Salt Lake City this evening. AIGASLC sponsored the event at the UMFA, and it was absolutely everything I expected. Draplin was incredibly inspiring, and amazingly funny as always. Anyone that uses Saul Bass as a verb is all time in my book. I picked up a limited edition Utah Poster, as well as a new copy of A Drive Into The Gap  by Kevin Guilfoile (published through Field Notes)…..this was an incredible night all around, and one I will not soon forget.