Skater of the Month: Steffen Razor
March Skater of the Month Steffen Razor is known for being fierce on the track and fierce in fashion. As an opponent, you never want to find yourself behind her or you might find yourself helplessly stuck by her persistent block (and secretly wondering, where did she get those cool looking pads/socks/skates?). She also holds a special place in my heart for helping me find my feet (er, skates) during my first couple of weeks with the team, generously giving me advice on everything from time management to gear, as well as a lot of personal attention with my skill development.
How did you get into roller derby?
I saw a show on A & E on the Lonestar Rollergirls and watched every week. Then I did a search for roller derby near me. I found the Bay Area Derby Girls and watched them for a couple of years before I found SVRG. I waited for my baby to be born, and then I joined SVRG in October 2007.
Did you have skating skills beforehand?
I skated when I was a kid. I was kind of a daredevil. There were a lot of little moves that I taught myself as a kid that really come in handy when I’m skating now.
What is your favorite skating move?
I love the snowplow. I love getting out in front, slowing down, and hopefully doing a booty block.
Do you have a favorite game memory?
There’s a really cool picture from the Sac City bout. It’s a picture from behind: I had just hit a girl, and in the picture you can see that she’s airborne. And directly behind me is [SVRG skater] The Beast, and she hit another girl at the same time, and the girl she hit is also airborne.
Who is your favorite skater?
Demanda Riot (of Bay Area Derby Girls) is really good at the slow, really wide snowplow. She’s just so amazing to watch. I also really like watching our coaches Pia Mess, Pandamonium and Brawllen Angel skate- I have so much to learn from them.
What do you love most about SVRG?
I love the camaraderie. We’re a smallish league. Everyone is close and is very supportive of each other.
Who is your biggest fan?
My 20-month old daughter. She already has her own skates, helmet, pads and everything—she goes by “Droolie Andrews.”
Do you have any particular goals for derby this year?
I want to improve my pivoting skills. I really enjoy pivoting.
What do you do when you’re off skates?
I’m a mom. I’m a pattern maker and do a lot of sewing. I go to Burning Man every year.
What would be your advice for new skaters?
Stick with it! Don’t be intimidated. Get out there, go to every practice you can. Get on skates as often as you can, and just stick with it!