Joannah Castro doesn’t do something half-assed. When she’s keen about one thing, she dives in head first. “I acquired a half-sleeve the day I turned 18,” Castro says. “I used to be like, ‘I’m simply going to go for it.’ Everybody thought I used to be going to get one thing small, like a little bit shoulder tattoo or no matter. However I clearly acquired that bug and I couldn’t cease going to the tattoo store so as to add increasingly. By the point I used to be 19, I had each arms completed, a chest piece, and I haven’t stopped since.”
Castro didn’t simply fall head over heels for tattooing. When lockdown hit Las Vegas final yr, Castro couldn’t go into work as a bartender and wanted a strategy to cross the time. Then someday, inspiration struck. “I used to be truly strolling my canine and I noticed one in all my neighbors skating up and down the road,” Castro says. “That regarded far more enjoyable than simply sitting residence and binge-watching Netflix, so I ordered my first pair of skates. Initially, I believed that since I used to skate as a child it might be straightforward as an grownup… however I used to be completely incorrect.”
Castro started studying to skate by trial and error, first practising methods to maintain steadiness on her wheels. Slowly however absolutely, she started choosing up tips and as she did, she started documenting her progress on social media. “I really feel like the best way you management your physique is totally different from how everybody else controls their physique,” Castro says. “I used to be attempting to determine which strategy to raise my foot, flip the wheels or the place to shift my weight. Ultimately every part clicked one after the other and right here I’m now, attempting more durable issues on ramps on the skatepark. I didn’t think about myself doing any of this once I first purchased my skates.”
When Castro acquired her first pair of wheels, she supposed on sticking to bop skating. However as she grew to become extra conversant in the several types of skating, she quickly found that there’s loads extra to study. “I had a buddy introduce me to ramps and skateparks,” Castro says. “I used to be like, ‘That is far more satisfying than simply studying methods to spin.’ When you apply a trick, you understand there’s far more approach to it than one thing so simple as pivoting your foot a method and shifting your weight one other means. You must leap and go at a sure pace to get the approach down. Studying grew to become extra addicting on the skatepark reasonably than simply stepping into circles.”
Skating could also be new to Castro, however this isn’t her first sport. Just some years in the past she grew to become immersed in bodybuilding. On the time she was very underweight, and whereas she hated going to the gymnasium at first, she grew to benefit from the modifications she noticed in her physique. She started getting into bodybuilding competitions, taking residence three trophies from 4 exhibits. But, regardless of her success, the game simply wasn’t the suitable match.
“Touchdown tips and studying new types [in skating] is one thing I can regularly do to enhance,” she says. “With bodybuilding, there’s solely a lot you are able to do in another way on stage to raised your self. It’s extra pleasurable and extra rewarding studying one thing new at a skatepark versus being on stage and sucking in my abdomen greater than final time.”
Skating has confirmed to be rewarding not solely within the tips Castro has picked up, however by the bonds she’s fashioned alongside the best way. Her skating journey started as a solo exercise—practising in her condominium or across the block— however she quickly grew to become part of a bigger skating neighborhood. “There was a lady I used to bartend with and once I posted on Instagram that I’d gotten skates, she messaged me a couple of skate roll-out,” Castro says. “I used to be nonetheless studying and was very intimidated, however she inspired me to come back out. I went into it pondering that it was going to be a few ladies but it surely turned out being a bunch of 30 skaters—some who got here out from L.A. and Arizona. I began speaking to everybody, asking for recommendation and getting their tales about how they began skating. That’s how I met many of the skaters I do know now.”
Castro has picked up loads of tips, discovered a lady group and earned the respect of the better skating neighborhood on social media, however her journey has solely simply begun. She’s acquired one yr below her belt and at this price, she’ll be nailing again flips on her skates very quickly. She’s in it for the lengthy haul—that’s simply how she rolls.