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Here is the exact moment I became the world’s first transgender woman to win a skateboarding event. 

I got first place at Central Mass 8, a HUGE longboarding event in Harvard, MA in the women’s division. The race was tight. My heats were fairly easy, as I pushed to first, held first, and finished first.

However, in the finals, one girl kept up with me on the pushes. We both tucked at the same time. My race plan of “get in first, stay in first, and finish first” failed. At the last second, I let her take another push as I jumped into her draft and my tuck. I held her draft, we both took the same exact lines as I was behind her, we wobbled in the same places, and when the flat section came, I pulled out of the draft. I pulled out a second too soon, as I ended up right next to her on the final descent. We were neck and neck through the corner, and I inched myself over slightly just so she would be forced to pull back. As we came through the final corner, I ignored her completely, held my tuck, and finished FIRST PLACE!

This is my first skateboarding win. I have never placed first in any LDP events, or any other downhill events. I set a world standard that trans women ARE women, can compete with women, and even be better than women.

The excitement was too much to handle. In the second picture, my skate homies doused me in champagne to celebrate. I’ve never won anything before. This time, I earned it.


Shoutout to Ross Earhart Photography and Steve Kong for the photos.