Interview: Maya Kenny

Name: Maya Kenny

Where were you born? And where do you live now?...

I was born in Berkeley, California and now I live in Oakland, California.

When / how/ why did you start skating? …

I had been curious for a while as my dad had a beat up old skateboard. For Christmas 2019 I asked for a board, when I saw someone cruising in the mall on a penny board. As soon as I started rolling on it, I fell in love. Then in March of the next year the pandemic hit. I didn’t have much to do and the summer felt pretty boring, so I started to skate more and more. I went to a skate camp that summer and have been skating ever since.

What are some of your earliest/ favorite memories of skateboarding? ….

I remember when I first went to a skatepark and I sat in the car for like an hour, with a unicorn helmet and a blue penny board with light up wheels. My mom said we had to leave, and that’s when I got the courage to go. After that I didn’t want to leave.

What are some of your favorite or most memorable sessions or skate related experiences from the last few years? ….

Recently I landed my first kickflip indy air. That was pretty amazing.

But my favorite memory was when I landed my rock to fakie on vert. It's my favorite, because it was a shock to me when I landed it.

What have you been up to lately? ….

Preparing for the “Tony Hawk Vert Alert.”

What’s in store for 2022? (new parks? new tricks you're working on? skating?/contests? ) ….

540, Tony Hawk’s Vert Alert, NorCASL contests, Exposure contest, and a rodeo flip.

What are your Top 3 ?

Foods: …. Boba, Sushi, and Pad See Ew

Things you enjoy when you're not skating: …. Playing soccer competitively,

Dreams / Goals: …. Going to the Olympics,

Books: …. Any Graphic Novel

Places you would like to visit someday: ….Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand

What is your current set up? (dims / dimensions)

Skate Deck: …. Midnight Swapmeet 8 inch deck

Trucks: …. 33 Ace trucks

Wheels: …. 58mm Bones Lizzie Armanto wheels

Bearings: …. Bone Swiss bearings

Grip: ….Macavuchi and Holiday Griptape

Shoes: …. Sk8 Hi Vans High Tops

Maya wears the S1 Lifer Helmet (and a shout out to Cindy @ Girl Is Not a 4 Letter Word for welcoming Maya to the S1 Team)