Thursday, February 6, 2014
Elissa Steamer #2.
Elissa is from Fort Meyers, Florida. She was one of the first women to be sponsored for street skateboarding at a level on par with the guys when she earned a spot on Toy Machine in the mid 1990s. Elissa had parts in Welcome To Hell and Jump Off A Building. She switched to Baker offshoot Bootleg in the early 2000s and then rode for Zero up until 2011. Elissa had a quick part in Zero's Strange World video from 2009. It looks like she is doing a clothing company called Gnarhunters these days.
Off the top of my head, I can't think of any companies that are sponsoring a girl right now. I know there is a women's contest circuit, but that doesn't get much coverage. It's not like the early 2000s when companies like Rookie existed and a few teams had at least one lady as an amateur who they occasionally featured in an ad. I'm assuming that girls still skateboard and that some of them are good enough to warrant a real sponsorship. The progress made by Elissa, Jaime Reyes, Jessie Van Roechoudt, Lauren Mollica, Marisa Dal Santo, and Alexis Sablone wasn't for nothing, right? All you industry dudes need to step up and add a little variety to the sausage party.
Who knew current Alien Workshop and Nike hot shoe Donovan Piscopo had a few tricks in Zero's Strange World video?
Skateboarder - February 2007 Volume 16 Number 6