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Merry Christmas, everyone!  I was having a hard time getting into the spirit until I saw a couple of posts from the X Games that gave me the warm fuzzies.

The first is a continuation of a story I shared in my last Facebook Findings post.  The X Games spoke to Jeanean Thomas and her daughter Peyton about the random act of kindness they experienced at the skatepark.  The skater who helped Peyton out has been identified as Ryan Carney, who worked at a skate shop.

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By Judee Richardson Schofield/ The Cambridge Times

I did a little digging and discovered that this isn’t the first time Ryan has given back to the community.  The Cambridge Times revealed that he participated in a petition to keep the Pipes and Rails skate park open and often tries keep the parks a safe and welcoming place for everyone.  Talk about a great role model!

The X Games Facebook page also shared a video that truly delighted me.  My favorite thing about Christmas is all the different versions of The Nutcracker.  Ballet Austin’s version invites special VIPs play the role of Mother Ginger, a comedic character who has eight gingerbread children pop out of her skirts.  BMX rider Morgan Wade was one of the guest stars this year, and it’s safe to say that he brought a lot of enthusiasm to the role.

I’ve seen a few of posts on my Facebook feed featuring women in action sports.  A couple of them even tie into a “Feminism in Action (Sports)” post I am planning to write.  It’s really heart-warming to see female action sports athletes get exposure and my friends championing it.

One that particularly tugged at my heartstrings was a BuzzFeed Canada story that a friend shared.  Jeanean Thomas posted a letter on Twitter to the young man who helped teach her daughter how to skate.
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This is a perfect example of what feminism is.  Jeanean get mega props for letting her daughter know that she has equal  right to be at the skatepark.  The young man was a wonderful ally by going above and beyond to help out this beginner skater even though he was made fun of.  We need to be commending guys like him, not teasing him.  This is how a girl or a boy will develop skills and a new love for skateboarding.  When I was her daughter’s age, I had the same reservations about going to the skate park and thus never went due to lack of support.  As a result, I never went and grew frustrated with learning how to skate.  Maybe others aren’t as easily discouraged, but Jeanean’s daughter got a confidence boost through a kind individual extending a helping hand and not discriminating against her age, skill, and gender.

Another skating post appeared the other day.  My co-worker shared this striking photo, and I knew it had to be the work of Skateistan.
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It’s a non-profit that uses skateboarding to empower youth in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa.  It has particularly reached out to Afghani girls who cannot ride bikes or participate in sports.  I’ll be going in depth into Skateistan in a later post, but I had to share this photo along with my co-worker’s comment that it’s evidence that “people are the same all over the world”.  It’s a message of particular importance in these recent trying times.

Finally, another friend shared a “Women in the World” feature on Iranian motocross rider Behnaz Shafiei. I’ll be writing more about her and Noora Moghaddas in a later post too, but they’re badasses for essentially breaking the law to do what they love.  Feminism often involves taking risks, and women like Behanz certainly are with the hopes that there will be more equality in the future.
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I originally had two features for this post, but I decided to turn one into a future Science Lesson and elaborate on the other.  My friend Kyatto posted an Indiegogo for a documentary called Popoto: The Race to Save a Species.  It’s about the efforts to keep the world’s smallest dolphin, the Maui’s dolphin, from becoming extinct. There are only three days left to donate! 

One of the key players featured in the film is Peggy Oki, one of the original Zephyr skateboard team members. Her involvement in cetacean rights is not limited to Popoto.  She has founded the Origami Whales Project and is coordinating the “Let’s Face It” visual petition.  The latter focuses on raising awareness of the dire circumstances surrounding the survival of the Maui’s and Hector’s dolphin.  You can contribute a photo to the visual petition on the website (it’s not compatible with Mozilla Firefox though).  Here’s my picture:
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The site features Peggy alongside some of her fellow Z-Boys and celebrities like Slash and Juliette Lewis. Dave “Rasta” Rastovich, co-founder of Surfers for Cetaceans, is also in the gallery.  He and Peggy have teamed up to talk about the Maui’s dolphin.

Ever since I visited the New England Aquarium over Labor Day weekend, I’ve been even more obsessed with seals. C’mon, look at how adorable they are.
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That’s why I have to share this cute GoPro video that popped up on my Facebook feed.  Live Science guesses that it was a grey seal that crashed this surf session.  It’s very cool to see human and animals interact in never-before-seen ways.

Another friend recently shared a video that seemed very familiar to me.  There’s one very famous wheelchair stunt athlete, and sure enough it was Aaron “Wheelz” Fothingham.  He’s doing what he does best: busting out sick tricks on his wheelchair.

It’s been a while since I’ve come across random action sports posts on my Facebook feed, but these are two interesting stories that make up for the huge break I took since my last Facebook Findings post.  The first comes from  my tattooed burlesque dancer friend Honey Hula-la.  She linked an article about a DIY tattoo parlor in Colorado run by skater Jesse Brocado called No Class.  I’m not going to share the VICE article because I have issues with that magazine and their bigotry.  Instead I’ll link to Peter Garritano’s photos of No Class tattoos and skaters.  I don’t approve of what No Class does mainly because they admit to not sterilizing and the drunkenness plus lack of experience can do a lot of damage.  However, in today’s world of consumerism, we could use some hardcore DIY.

My friend Canon recently promoted the second finding, a video fro the project “Through the Surface”.  Created by Clinton Edward and Clifford Kapono, the project mixes surfing, science, and saving the ocean.  They’ve submitted it on National Geographic’s Expedition Granted competition.  I’m passionate about conservation and science education (and of course, action sports) so you can bet that they’ve got my vote.  Click here to vote. You can do so everyday until September 29.

It’s back to school for a lot of you, and since we can’t always take our boards and bikes with us, we have to find other ways to express ourselves. When I was in school, I had difficulties finding skate/bike/moto-themed supplies. However, times have changed. Sci-fi Hun recently showed me a link for a Birdhouse SkateDrive, a USB flash drive in the shape of a skateboard deck.
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You can get them at Walmart, Office Max, or Amazon, and if you prefer snow or surf, Action Sports Drives has some for you too. They’re the perfect accessory if you’re an action sports nerd like me.

My other Facebook Finding comes from Lady Gaga herself. Who knew the pop diva could hang ten? She posted the picture with the caption, “yeah thats me. no heels baby.”
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I’ve come across more cool stuff on facebook this past week. The first is an update from blogger La Carmina about the adventures of Catfish and Rooftop in Japan. In a recent post, she revealed that she and her partner-in-crime Naomi will be leading BMX pros Mike “Rooftop” Escamilla and Zach “Catfish” Yankush, around Japan for their new show Strangers in Danger. Knowing La Carmina’s penchant for introducing newcomers to the wacky subcultures of Japan, I can’t wait to see what she has in store for the duo. I wonder if it’ll be anything like this:

The other facebook finding comes from my dieselpunk friend Larry. What’s dieselpunk you ask? It’s a genre and subculture that combines technology and science with the aesthetics of the eras spanning the 1920s to the 1950s. Think Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Hellboy, The Big O, and even Indiana Jones. Anyway, Larry linked a dieselpunk blog post about a speed queen of that era. Before there was Danica Patrick, Shirley “Cha-Cha” Muldowney, and Michèle Mouton, there was Grand Prix driver Hellé Nice. Her life was very interesting so I highly recommend checking out that post.
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Photo by Jean-Pierre Poiter, Random House

Perhaps “Facebook Postings” would be a better title, but I like alliteration. It’s not very common for my friends to post action sports-related links and videos to either their facebook wall or mine. However, in the past few days, I’ve come across two instances.

The first was a video that many of you may have already seen on Youtube or Yahoo: the first ever triple backflip on a BMX bike. It was done by 24-year-old New Zealand rider, Jed Mildon. Even if you’ve already seen the clip, which is from Mildon’s helmet cam, check out the one I posted below. It shows a spectator’s perspective, as well as all the hardwork he put into pulling off this trick.

The other Facebook Finding comes from my fashion designer buddy, Naomi. She posted a feature on Japanese sculptor Haroshi (with a bit of Lingo Lolz). He uses old skateboard decks to create pieces with multiple layers of colors or mosaic patterns. He also adds a truck to the inside of each sculpture to “give [it] soul” (Haroshi: Artworks).