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Ocea is like that sister I never had. I got a call a couple days ago to carpool to Vans for Girls Night. Girls skate free. We picked up two other Black girl skaters on the way, Tierra and Anastaysia Broccoli (I prefer the nickname). Blew my mind. There really are a handful of us now. Back when I was skateboarding I couldn’t find another girl skater in my neighborhood. Now skateboarding has become so popular that more girls are picking it up, even Black girls. And I’m not talking about rolling around on the sidewalk just to have an excuse to hang with some dudes. These chicks are in bowls, grinding ledges, and hitting stairs. I think Tierra’s family feels a little more comfortable having met two of us, knowing that Tierra’s not alone. Vans was fun, and I’m not an avid skate anymore. I pulled a few rock to tailbone’s. Needless to say, still sore.

Lisa (who I knew previously and happened to be at Vans night before) finally had a day off  yesterday and wanted to film. Y I met up with her, Ocea, and Tierra. Lisa also invited Monique and Ashley (who came a bit later). I left the board at home and pulled out the whip. We rolled over to the Norwalk ditch. It happens that the hobo lavatory was aptly positioned under the bridge. And it was just our luck that the bank we wanted to hit was just downwind of the tunnel. Lovely, that piss stench. We tinkered with the little bank before being joined by Milo, the cutest Corgi alive.

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Then we roamed north where Tierra ollied over a little gap, landing straight into a recess scattered with glass and rock. This ballsy girl just rolled right through the mess. Ocea nearly had a heart attack. When Lisa asked Tierra what tricks she had down, Tierra rolled down a lit of 50-50 variations. We’ve been calling her Fitty Fitty since. When that was said and done we rolled south to the next bridge, where Ashley joined us. There was a textbook bank-to-wallride underneath. Ashley was gunning it.

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Tierra noticed a small rail at the top of the bank and said “why not?”

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Her allergies stirred up after a little while. Hence the Ocea quote: “We need to get you some drugs.” Tierra’s board rolled into that nasty sewage bed at one point. Ashley happily jumped across in a single bound to retrieve the board.

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Never said she cleared it.

We headed back to the little bank for another mini session. Ashley’s got a thing for tailslides. Tierra offered to wax her tail. Another Tierra quotable. We finished up, snacked at the Target, and regrouped at Bellflower skatepark. Place was riddled with folk. Took over the bowl for a few and left. Guys don’t know what to think when a slew of girls mobs a spot. You can tell by the confused look on their faces.

Great girls, great day.

 

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