(June 25, 2022) One of many prime feminine skate boarders on the planet took her abilities to the Nantucket Skate Park Saturday afternoon as a part of the Nantucket Movie Competition’s Skate Jam.
Nora Vasconcellos took a number of runs by means of the skate park and had the prospect to observe native skate boarders showcase their strikes throughout the family-friendly occasion.
“I feel Nantucket wants and deserves a bit of bit extra consideration paid to its skaters, so it was simply actually enjoyable to see the children come out and whether or not you’re an area skater or it’s your first time seeing skateboarding, I feel it was actually enjoyable. The youngsters have been stoked,” Vasconcellos stated.
The occasion additionally featured a number of giveaways, with not less than 10 brand-new skateboards handed out to kids in attendance.
“We additionally obtained to offer them away to individuals who it’s their first skateboard in order that’s super-exciting, sort of gentle that fireside,” Vasconcellos stated.
She stated her household has visited Nantucket a number of instances since her childhood however Saturday was her first likelihood to skateboard on the island.
“It’s so rad that they’ve an area and I do know a variety of smaller communities don’t have skate parks,” she stated. “It’s simply actually nice that the entire course of is beginning, parks are being constructed and maintained, it’s super-cool.”
Born in Pembroke, Vasconcellos moved to California in the summertime of 2012 to pursue a profession in skateboarding. She later grew to become the primary skilled feminine skateboarder signed by Adidas in 2017 and has since witnessed an explosion in feminine skateboarding, particularly for the reason that onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s been loopy,” Vasconcellos stated. “Ladies’s skateboarding and non-binary skateboarding is unquestionably the quickest rising group in skateboarding proper now and it’s simply been so cool to see folks engaged and be taught and be a part of the group. It’s sort of like the perfect time to be a feminine skater, that’s for certain.”
So as to proceed that progress, Vasconcellos stated she hopes native governments proceed to dedicate extra assets to skateboarding, noting that in lots of communities the skate park can be full almost each day however a baseball or soccer subject would possibly solely attain those self same attendance ranges a few times per week.
“I feel it’s actually necessary to think about how typically that house is getting used. It’s simply such a flexible house and it’s far more welcoming than a variety of different group initiatives,” Vasconcellos stated.
Later within the day Vasconcellos and director Jessica Edwards attended the Dreamland exhibiting of “Skate Goals,” Edwards’ movie that chronicles the expansion of ladies’s skateboarding from close to obscurity within the early Nineteen Eighties to its inclusion within the 2020 Summer season Olympics and profiles Vasconcellos and different prime feminine skate boarders.
“Tradition has all the time sort of surrounded itself within the skate and music world so it is going to be cool for folks to see the historical past of what’s occurred and the way far we’ve are available only a couple years,” Vasconcellos stated.