Monica Torres, batalha por batalha

A brasileira Monica Torres venceu, em 07 de dezembro, a versão feminina do Battle at The Berrics, disputa de solo pra lá de tradicional e que acontece nas dependências do skatepark de propriedade de Steve Berra e Eric Koston. Conversamos com ela alguns dias após a conquista.

Mônica, parabéns! Descreva cada uma das batalhas, por favor.

contra Eliana Sosco:

Minha primeira batalha foi contra a Eliana Sosco, e nos duas estávamos muito nervosas, mas eu estava andando no solo todo dia então eu mesmo nervosa consegui andar bem.


contra Christiana Means:

Minha segunda batalha foi contra a Christiana Means, e eu nao estava 100%. Eu fui para San Francisco naquela semana e não consegui andar de skate por lá, cheguei em LA no dia do game e troquei de shape pois eu não estava conseguindo andar com o shape anterior. Durante a batalha, eu dava as manobras e o shape pegava na roda. Eu perdi o game, mas assim que o acabou ela disse que não poderia ir pra final. Aí, segui adiante.

contra Chelsea Castro:

O terceiro game foi eu contra a Chelsea, e foi muito style, eu e ela mandamos várias manobras. Somos bem próximas aqui em LA, a gente anda todo dia, então eu sabia mais ou menos as manobras dela e ela sabia as minhas.

contra Lacey Baker:

O quarto game foi o mais difícil sem duvidas: a Lacey (Baker) sabe muita manobra e quem ganhasse no pedra/papel/tesoura com certeza teria vantagem. E isso acabou mesmo sendo decisivo.

contra Alexis Sablone:

No game da final eu estava super confiante,ainda mais depois de passar pela Lacey Não queria deixar a Alexis ter a chance de dar muitas manobras, então ja disparei as manobras que eu acreditava que ela não conseguiria acompanhar. E venci!

 

E o dia seguinte da vitória? Como foi?

Eu estava “treinando” muito desde que eu cheguei em LA, eu acordava as 7:00h pra estar no Berrics as 8:00h. Eu andei todos os dias durante 8/9 horas por dia. Depois da final eu teoricamente não precisaria mais fazer isso, mas no dia depois da final eu fiz a mesma coisa que eu fiz todos os dias, eu acordei cedo, coloquei o fone de ouvido e fui pra pista. Era um domingo, eu estava caminhando na rua e um carro parou do meu lado “Ei você foi a garota que ganhou ontem o campeonato né?” Eu lembro só de assinalar com a cabeça “sim” e os caras estavam muito animados dentro do carro. “- Parabéns! Ontem foi muito legal ver você e as outras meninas andarem, fizeram história”. Eu fiquei assustada mas muito feliz. Eu não tinha noção ainda de que aquilo era realmente algo muito grande pro skate. Os caras reservaram o ano todo só para as meninas e o evento inteiro tinha sido muito louco.

Pra finalizar, você está andando pra algumas marcas com contrato recente, não é?

Sim, a mais recente foi a Real. Além deles, Volcom, Thunder, Spitfire, Active, Ethika, Spot e adidas Skateboarding.

 

Monica Torres, battle for battle

The Brazilian Monica Torres won, on December 7, the female version of Battle at The Berrics, a non-traditional flatground contest which takes place at the skatepark owned by Steve Berra and Eric Koston. We talked to her a few days after the contest.

Monica, congratulations! Describe each of the battles, please.
against Eliana Sosco:
My first battle was against Eliana Sosco, and we were both very nervous, but I was skating flat ground everyday so I was able to skate very well.

against Christiana Means:
My second battle was against Christiana Means, and I was not 100%. I went to San Francisco that week and I wasn’t able to skate there, I arrived in LA on the day of the game and changed skateboard shapes because I didn’t like skating my previous shape. During the battle, I did my tricks and the new shape gave me wheel bite. I lost the game, but as soon as it was over she said she couldn’t make it to the final. Then, I moved on.

against Chelsea Castro:
The third game was me against Chelsea, and it was super cool, she and I did a lot of tricks. We are very close friends here in LA, we skate everyday, so I knew her tricks and she knew mine.

against Lacey Baker:
The fourth game was the most difficult without a doubt: Lacey (Baker) knows a lot of tricks and whoever won in the rock / paper / scissors would certainly have an advantage. And that ended up being decisive.

against Alexis Sablone:
In the final game I was overconfident, especially after going through Lacey. I didn’t want to let Alexis have the chance to do a lot of tricks, so I already fired the tricks that I believed she couldn’t keep up with. And I won!

And the day after the victory? How was it?
I was “training” a lot since I arrived in LA, I would wake up at 7:00 am to be at Berrics at 8:00 am. I skated every day for 8/9 hours a day. After the final I theoretically wouldn’t need to do that anymore, but the day after the final I did the same thing that I did every day, I woke up early, put on the headset and went to the park. It was a Sunday, I was walking on the street and a car stopped next to me “Hey you were the girl who won the championship yesterday, right?” I just remember nodding “yes” and the guys were very excited inside the car. “Congratulations! Yesterday it was really cool to see you and the other girls skate, you made history.” I was shocked, but very happy. I had no idea yet that it was really a big thing for skateboarding.

Finally, you are going to some brands with a recent contract, right?
Yes, the most recent was Real. Besides them, Volcom, Thunder, Spitfire, Active, Ethika, Spot and adidas Skateboarding.