Rosie welcoming everyone with a land acknowledgment.
The 8th Annual Stop, Drop and Roll was held at the Vancouver Skate Plaza which is on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.”
The sun was out and the turn out for the lessons was a huge success, volunteers from Skate Like a Girl, Eastside Skate Club and Nations Skate Youth all came together to inspire the next generation of skaters. Truly does take a community to support something special.
Fabiana Delfino, Mahara Gibson, Dayana Young battling for the QP Best Trick
The famous poster girl Rei
Rei’s big brother Niko.
Michelle lending a magical pinky finger.
Vanessa and Ryme
DJ Lauren Ralph and the Red Bull team created a vibe and had the crowd dancing all day long.
As the skate jam started the guest judges this year were Michelle Pezel, Laura Silvia and Kristin Ebeling.
Starting off with the beginner’s category, it was amazing to see the new faces as they skated in their first Stop, Drop and Roll. For a lot of them it was also their first-time skating at the Plaza which can be an intimidating place. Creating a space for them to feel confident and comfortable enough to roll around was very awesome to see.
Aerial Hennessey with a manny
Judy keeping things organized.
Jeremy, Gillian, Claudia
As we rolled into the intermediate category it was great to see familiar faces from all over come back and support the event. Smiles all around and having friends cheer each other on was heart warming.
The Beginners heat
Shari White with the longest grind of the day.
The category that always will always bring inspiration to the younger ones was the 30+ and this year was the first year there was a 40+ legendary category; it goes to show skateboarding only gets better with age.
Rosie Archie slapping the ledge
Una Farrar hyping up the crowd.
Elly reminding us style matters
Fabiana Delfino and Jackie Michel
As the crowd was very hyped it was time to watch the advanced category and this meant everyone got to see their favourite pros skate. With special guests from LA, Florida, and Las Vegas skating along with all our fav locals the vibe check was very high! We missed seeing Una out there but she was on the mic hyping up her friends.
Kristin Ebeling never misses a Stop, Drop and Roll.
The best trick on the Quarter pipe and the hip gave everyone a chance to win some cold hard cash!
The QP brought some fire with Nina, Fabi, Jackie, Kristin, doing NBD tricks at the plaza it was exciting to the watch. The best Trick on the QP went to Dayana Young with a stylish frontside flip.
Nina Aguilar blasting over the hip.
Jackie Michel bringing in the Vegas heat with a Back Boneless.
Rosie and Breezy sharing a moment.
Dayana Young winning the Best Trick with her steezy FS Flip.
Fabiana Delfino with a front smith
The hip was a classic obstacle as Rosie and Kassy were calling out what tricks they wanted see it got intense to watch the back-to-back tricks. The best trick went to Kristin Ebeling with her Frontside Flip.
Got to love Breana’s impossible over the hip
We couldn’t end the session without getting Norma’s classic group photo and handing out the awards made by Adea/Billywould.
Top 3 of the 30 + 1. Guilia 2. Tina Cale 3. Norma Ibarra
Tina Cale and Jade Spottedeagle OGs
Top 3 in Beginner 1. Michaela Stewart 2. Carly 3. Charmaine
Top 3 in Intermediate 1. Aerial Hennessey 2. Yann Berger 3. Lily Hawley
Breezy, Kristin, Jackie, Fabi and Rosie
The after party was at Antisocial hosted by the one and only Michelle with the “Rolling Together” photo-show curated by Norma Ibarra with images from Olga Aguilar, Tristan Henry, Taylor Ross-Robinson, Jess Sung and Norma Ibarra. The photos were from the past 7 years from Stop, Drop and Roll. It was truly a blast from the past.
Rolling Together Photo Show
Rolling back to 5th SDR
Norma Ibarra, Olga Aguilar, Taylor Ross-Robinson, Jess Sung in front of the lens.
DJs & performances were hosted by deejay Lauren Ralph with Prado Monroe, DJ La Posmo Baby, ADAM and ZULEYYMA curated by afro-indigenous owned community focused studio, THOTFUL.
Prado Monroe performing at the After party
Prado Monroe and Zuleyyma
Isla, Kai, Sophia
Adam, DJ Lauren Ralph and Dj La Posmo Baby
Rosie and Norma
Parisa Rafat and Kevyn Hu
Dj La Posmo Baby
Thank you, Michelle for hosting us!
THANK YOU to all sponsors that continue to support Stop, Drop and Roll having prizes for everyone that attends means a lot. As the girl/women/trans/non binary/gender non conforming skateboarding community is continuing to grow this event is one that can bring everyone together with the goal of having fun. A special thanks to Vans, Vancity, Red Bull and Rosies sister Charmie for donating the cash for the best tricks and advanced categories.
See you all again next year!
Charmie and Rosie sister love
Thank you to all the photographers that captured all the beautiful memories.
Words by Rosie Archie. Photography by Norma Ibarra, Jess Sung, Olga Aguilar, Taylor Ross-Robinson