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A Long Overdue Team Update

May 29 2007 / Tuesday

52907teamupdate400_400 Long time no Team Update! Fortunately, we’re about to remedy that problem. Check out what the team has been up to lately, and look forward to much more regular updates… Elissa Steamer has been traveling and skating, skating and traveling. Since being added to the Zero pro team, she has been blowing up all over the place. She had a close call when she rolled her ankle back in January but, from the sound of it, things are fine now. Expect Elissa to be on the map bigger than ever this year! Lauren Perkins was featured in the May 6 edition of West, the L.A. Times’ weekend magazine. If you haven’t already read the article, check it out! Right before that article came out, she went to Coachella for a little music and fun. (Read Lauren’s Coachella Journal.) On a personal front, Lauren has been using her time to attend REAL SCHOOL! She enrolled back in Huntington Beach High School to finish out her senior year, and get back into the social life (read: go to prom). We never knew LP was so nostalgic! Even with all of her time spent in school, Lauren still managed to make it to the etnies offices to do some testing for a new girls’-specific skate shoe coming out in June called The NIXX. She was the first female to be suited up (just like they do for video games), black suit and white balls galore! We won’t post those pictures or she would be mortified, so you will just have to imagine. Other than that, Perkins has been skating as much as she can when she’s not busy with school…which is almost done! We can’t wait to be there when she graduates in her cap and gown come June. Evelien Bouilliart has been keeping busy with school and doing a bit of traveling in the past few months for the etnies Wooden Waffles tour in Belgium. You also might not recognize her, because she dyed her hair black. (Yes, we like to keep you updated on all of the important info. Hair is important. That’s her above in the dark hair and shades.) Janna Meyen had been training super hard in Keystone, Colo., for X Games 11 when she rolled her ankle a few days before qualifiers. It ended up being pretty serious—she tore two tendons and received some heavy bone bruising on the bottom of her tibia. Unfortunately, she was not able to compete, but she still attended to cheer the rest of the girls on. She also did some commentating for ESPN during the women’s slopestyle competition. She has been keeping up with her physical therapy, yoga and swimming, and is working toward getting her shred back on. She’ll be coaching this summer at High Cascade along with Wille Yli-Luoma and Leanne Pelosi. If you haven’t already signed up, visit the High Cascade site to secure your spot. Leanne Pelosi (AKA “Party Pelosi”) has been keeping quite busy, per usual. This past season, she started working on yet another film project, Runway Films. The film production company will have its first release this September that showcases a handful of the best female shredders in the world. On the contest front, she placed first at Whistler’s Coca Cola Rail Jam last month. This summer, Leanne will be coaching at High Cascade and MGT Girls Session. Tarah Gieger placed second at the WMA opener at Glen Helen on May 12. Congrats, Tarah! Also, if you don’t already know, Tarah is on the etnies Girl surf team, as well as representing moto… Sarah Whitmore took home third place at the WMA opener at Glen Helen. Congrats, Sarah! This is even more impressive considering she underwent surgery to her shoulder a mere six months ago. Stacey Mulligan got through the long, cold winter in Pittsburgh with her newfound love of snowboarding. She said she had been missing out because “snowboarding is the funnest thing ever.” We’re sure Leanne and Janna would agree with her. Other than that, Stacey has been traveling to Cleveland a lot to ride a crazy mountain bike park, she graduated from school in April and has been accepted to go to grad school in Marbella, Spain, where she will be heading in July. Congrats, Stacey! Nina Buitrago has been doing quite a bit of traveling this year. She traveled to Cleveland in mid-January for an all-girls jam session. She was trying to recover from a crash she had the day before, but you would never be able to tell from the photos she sent. After her trip to Cleveland, Nina headed out on a 20-hour drive to Texas. She stopped in St. Louis at a friend’s house to rest for a few hours, and made there just in time to pick up her two friends from France at the airport in Dallas. They showed her such an amazing time while she was in France after the etnies 20 year party in Paris back in June that it was only fair to show them around. Nina lived in Texas last winter so she knew all of the good spots and parks. In March, Nina headed to Canada for the Toronto BMX Jam, which she won. Well done, Nina! Serena Brooke (AKA “Sauce”) has been quite the traveler in the past several months, flying from surf training in Australia, all the way to Los Angeles to shoot for Fuel TV, and then back to Australia to compete in the Midori Pro at Newcastle, where she placed fifth and took home $850. While in Los Angeles, she spent time in Malibu, although the surf was not the best. Currently, Serena is keeping herself very busy on the WQS Tour. Leilani Gryde turned 20 on May 1. Happy belated birthday, Leilani! She was also ranked sixth on Surfer magazine’s “The New Hot 100” (May issue) and just appeared on FUEL TV’s “The Daily Habit” on May 28. Leilani is currently following the WQS Tour along with teammate Serena Brooke. Mary Osborne is featured in the new Robert August film, “The Endless Journey Continues,” and attended the premiere in Huntington Beach and a screening in Encinitas this month. In February, she attended the Robert August Surf & Turf charity event in Costa Rica, as she does every year. This year, however, she flew down a few days before the event with Robert and Sam August to help Free Wheel Chair Mission pass out 1,100 wheelchairs to disabled people in San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital city. Free Wheelchair Mission has distributed over 200,000 wheelchairs worldwide, including in areas of extreme need such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Robert, Sam and Mary participated in the distribution of these mobility-giving chairs, as well as the narration of a series of short form video documentaries about this special day. Mary says it was an experience that she will never forget and that she felt honored to be a part of the distribution. One by one, chairs were quickly being assembled by charity workers as family and friends of the disabled waited patiently to receive their gift of hope. Tears filled her eyes as family members carried their loved ones into the building and were able to wheel them out. Thanks for giving back, Mary! That’s about it for now! Until next time…


1 Comment A Long Overdue Team Update

  1. hi that was awsome

    kiki
    Posted: 4 years ago,

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