Elissa Steamer has been living out of a suitcase recently. She was in New York for a couple of weeks, spending time with her sister, skating (apparently the weather hadn't turned completely sour yet) and just living the city life (which she is used to since she moved to San Francisco). She also shot photos for a short TransWorld Skateboarding Magazine interview before she ventured down to Florida (her motherland) to spend time with some family and friends. Two weeks ago, she flew out to Hawaii for an All Girl's Skate Jam event, which essentially consisted of a weekend of doing demos and signing autographs in paradise. Since then, she has been back in San Francisco skating and golfing when the weather permits, and not doing much at all when the weather doesn't permit her to do either of the above two activities. She will be heading back to Florida on December 21 to spend the holidays with her family.
Lauren Perkins has been at home in Huntington Beach lately, looking forward to the upcoming holidays. She's been doing loads of skating and has also been getting up to the mountains for some snowboarding action. Other than that, she has been filming for an upcoming movie about the progression of women's skateboarding entitled "Rock the Bottom," and came by etnies the other day with a film crew. When not skating, snowboarding or filming, Lauren has been at the driving range working on her golf game—apparently she's pretty good! Lauren has a birthday coming up on December 27, so the day after Christmas her family will be taking her to Mammoth Mountain to celebrate on the snowy slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
This Friday, December 17, from 2 to 5:30 p.m., etnies will host a Holiday Festival and Shoe Donation at the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest in celebration of the skatepark's first anniversary. Several nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping needy children in Orange County will bring children to the event, who will each receive a brand new pair of etnies shoes; all told, etnies will donate 500 pairs of shoes to needy Orange County children just in time for the holidays. There will also be a demo and autograph signing with tons of skateboarders in attendance, including Lauren Perkins, Ryan Sheckler, Arto Saari, Rune Glifberg, Justin Eldridge, Lance Mountain and more. To celebrate the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest's first anniversary, Pierre André Senizergues, the owner and CEO of etnies, will give skaters an early Christmas present by making a donation to keep the skatepark free of charge for all guests for the next year. It was Senizergues' generous donation last year that made the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest free of charge during its first year of operation.