Skater of the Month: Adrinaline Crush
A force for SVRG both on and off the track, Adrinaline Crush is our August 2013 Skater of the Month. Adri joined SVRG as a skater in early 2012 after graduating from our Bootcamp program (known then as Culo Whippin’). Her skating skills developed quickly and she earned a place on our all-star roster, the Dot.Kamikazes, in the second half of 2012. She is a quick and agile blocker who comes out of nowhere to thwart opposing blockers and jammers on the track. Elected to serve as the Head of Sponsorship for the 2013 season, Adri has been in the community developing relationships and creating partnerships with our fantastic business partners. Congratulations, Adri!
How did you get into roller derby?
I went to my first bout about 6 years ago. I had heard about derby from an old friend and I dragged some high school friends to the bout. I was 16 at the time but from that first whistle I was in awe. I knew I had finally found my sport. I stalked the league until I was old enough to join and had enough cash saved up to buy gear.
What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?
I hadn't skated since I was in elementary school. I did wrestle a bit in middle school, but never did any sports in high school. I was barely able to finish a mile run by the time I graduated.
How did you derive your derby name?
I had the hardest time picking a name. I went from Skate Name to No-Name, to Culo Whippin’ and finally stuck with Adrinaline Crush. My mum had mentioned Adrinaline rush when I first started brainstorming, but I wasn't interested at the time. Sorry Ma.
What is your greatest strength as a skater, and what do you contribute most to the team?
I like to think I bring a sense of calmness and determination to the team.
What has been your greatest experience on the rink?
Ahh, there have been so many! It’s a toss up between my first tournament with the Dots and my first bout ever with the KillaBytes. My first home bout was against Santa Cruz Derby Girls Hellcats. There was a jam where Mongoose was jamming and she was coming into the pack hot. I reached my hand back and blindsided three opposing blockers at once to give the most magical, slow motion whip ever. It was beautiful!
What has been your worst injury, and how did you earn it?
Maybe it's the height but the worst injuries I've had are always been busted lips and bruised cheek bones.
Who is your biggest fan?
My biggest fan would be my Bunz of Steel, aka Andrew Macias. He's definitely been supportive, painted his chest, and has traveled to away games to support not only me but the whole league.
What are you looking forward to the most this season?
Now that we're close to the end of the season, I am looking forward to wrapping it up in style. The Dots play the Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bombshells next month, and it is going to be killer. The league will also host our annual burlesque show at the Blank Club in October.
What do you contribute to SVRG off the track?
Off the track, I am the Head of Sponsorship. I am responsible for building relationships with local businesses and to share resources. It's definitely a task but we've met some wonderful people and businesses. I love growing the SVRG family!
How do you spend the non-derby part of your life?
Outside of derby, I am a student interested in Environmental Studies. I work at a delicious restaurant. I love to go on random adventures with the homies when I can.
What’s the one piece of advice you would give people interested in playing roller derby?
Fear isn't an option. Once you get over the fear of falling, picking up your feet and looking silly, the magic happens. You'll surprise yourself with what you are capable of doing. Oh, and limber up!
What kinds of skates and gear do you use?
I recently got some snazzy new Antik Spyder skates. I had been saving up and wanted a pair that I wouldn't thrash. Other than that I have 187 elbow and knee pads. I've gone through 4-5 pairs of knee pads and the current set were given to me by my teammate Demanda Rumble - they have been the best set!