Who's Rad? Asiya Mercado.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Photo: Todd Fuller

We heard about 11 year old Asiya Mercado through one of our fav pro skate photographers Todd Fuller.  He sent us some photos he had shot of Asiya and we were blown away. Once we started checking out the Mercado Kids instagram page, and watching short video clips of Asiya skate, we new we needed to share her story.

This is the beauty of social media,  there are so many girls out there that have started skateboarding, but they may not compete so you don't see them at contests. These rad girls may just be skating at their home park, or backyard bowls, and only a few people know about how hard they are ripping. The numbers of girls skating may be even higher than we think - which is awesome!

We hope you enjoy getting to know little ripper, Asiya Mercado!

Who's Rad?      Asiya Mercado

Age?      11

Home is?        Fremont, CA

Home Park or Skate spot is?     Fremont Skatepark

Photo: Asiya's Mom

How Long Have You Been Skateboarding?       About 2 years

What do you enjoy most about skateboarding?

Creating lines in the bowl and landing a trick after I’ve failed on it over and over feels really good!

Photo: Todd Fuller

Tell us about your board set up – what brand of deck, wheels, trucks? Any fave stickers on your board?

I have a Silly Girl skateboard, Bones wheels, Independent Trucks, and rails, and my favorite sticker on my board is my Thrasher sticker (but I have a good collection of stickers like Santa Cruz, Spitfire and Vans).

Favorite music to skate to?

I don’t usually listen to music when I skate, but if I did it would probably be Lupe Fiasco.

Girls Who Skate that inspire YOU:

My older sister, Layla, was the first to inspire me to skate! We first used to longboard at empty parking lots! Other girl skaters that inspire me are Julz Lynn, Lizzie Armanto, Nora Vasconcellos, Mimi Knoop, Beverly Flood, Poppy Starr, Alana Smith, Amelia Brodka and Allysha Bergado.

Photo: Todd Fuller

Favorite place you've ever skated?

Lake Cunningham Skatepark

Favorite Trick or maneuver?

 50-50 Revert, Front Lipslide and Blunt to Fakie

Sponsors:   My mom and dad, and just recently a new brand called Crossbreed Athletics.

Photo:  Photography by KC Chen

Three things you don't know about me:

1. I do Martial Arts (boxing, Muay Thai, Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu)

2. I can play the Duff (an Arabian hand drum)

3. English Toffee doesn’t last overnight in my home!

What’s Next?

I haven’t really planned on doing any skate contests yet. It would be amazing to compete in a contest with skaters I have looked up to! For now, I enjoy just watching and just skating!

Make sure you follow Asiya ---->

I share an instagram with my brother and sister, mostly monitored by my dad @Mercadokids_bjjsk8, and you might also find me tagged on @CrossbreedAthletics and @Guerrillajjpleasanton

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