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Life & Work with Skye Rochon Toxtle

Today we’d like to introduce you to Skye Rochon Toxtle.

Hi Skye, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I moved here from Oceanside, after living there for a year or so, right before the pandemic. One of my friends also had just moved to the area and we wanted to explore and have some fun while exercising so she got a bike, but I didn’t want to ride a bike for some reason so I got a pair of skates. We would ride on the bike trail for miles and miles probably every other day. I was skating in my neighborhood one day a woman stopped me and asked if I did derby and then ask me to wait while she called her daughter out of the house because she had been skating for years. Her daughter came out told me about the skate park scene, introduced me online to some local park skaters and from there on I was hooked on park skating. I also never saw that girl again because she moved away less than a week later. So thank you kind strangers, they really changed my life. But once I got into a park I couldn’t stop going, and going back, and wanting to do more and get better, it was so insane. And that’s that I guess.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
A smooth ride is not exactly what I would call my journey here. It’s been hard for me on different social media platforms, to put out my edits and not get banned or taken down for different reasons. It’s kind of hard trying to be on the skate scene and being one of the few black skaters at the park. And it’s hard not to see people with darker skin tones in this environment as well.

It’s been difficult for me to have gear such a helmets that fit my hair properly without giving me a headache or ripping out my hair or me having to slick it back or put it in a protective style. Which is fine, but it’s definitely something I struggled with for a period of time. Especially when helmets are required for some competitions.

Maybe the struggles that were being asked about were more about me becoming a good skater and the challenges I faced learning new tricks, but those were more for me. And these are the issues that have made skating hard for me or things that made me feel less worthy in my skating.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I skate and create edits that showcase my love for different generas of music and my dedication and excitement for roller skating. I teach lessons on the side for people who want personal help with skating when things like park skating seem out of reach. I do lessons for beginner-intermediate skaters.

I’m currently in school and not working anywhere professionally or officially I guess you could say.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I love the skate culture here, I love all of the accessible parks and the people are very accepting and loving.

My very least favorite thing is the homeless population. How much the city hates the homeless and tries to ban them instead of helping them, to house them. So many empty buildings are all over, we continue to build new ones and continue to leaves so many people out on the street. And it really is such a sad thing to see.

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