Over the weekend, etnies' Elissa Steamer was awarded the coveted title of Check It Out Girl magazine's 2003 Female Skater of the Year! The award ceremony, which took place at Bar Deluxe in Hollywood, California on Friday night, was packed with friends, family and industry to honor Elissa as she accepted the prestigious womens skateboarding title. "Elissa has done so much for girl's skateboarding," said Check It Out Girl Editors Liza Araujo and Lucianna Ellington during the presentation. "We are so excited to present her with this award!"
Elissa first made an impact in the male-dominated world of skateboarding back in 1996 with an incredible part in a video that many consider one of the most influential of all time, Toy Machine Skateboard's Welcome To Hell. Her exposure in the video single handedly redefined the role of women in skateboarding and ushered in a new era of talented female skaters. Elissa is also one of the first women in skateboarding to ever be issued a pro model skateboarding shoe, the etnies Steamer, followed by the etnies Tross.
In 2004, there are more female skateboarders than ever before and, without question, Elissa has helped make this a reality. etnies would like to congratulate Elissa for not only being named Check It Out Girl's 2003 Female Skater of the Year, but also for her countless contributions and passionate dedication to skateboarding! Congratulations, Elissa!