NEW YORK— A skateboard enthusiast who’s lived a life of skateboarding on the West Coast has taken to the streets to celebrate the holidays with her fellow skateboarders.
Chaya Melrose, 20, from Oakland, California, started a fundraiser called #quadrope for the homeless in January to raise money for people who are in need of a new skateboard.
She and her friends have set up a Facebook page, #quadropole, to help raise money and to help spread awareness of quadrope.
She started the fundraiser because she’s always been passionate about skateboarding, she told Entertainment Weekly.
She loves to skate and loves helping people, and she’s very involved in the skateboarding community.
She said she was inspired by the fact that the quadroper is not limited to only women and men.
The quadropole has been created to help the homeless and anyone in need, she said.
“I don’t think we can have a society where we have only men on the streets,” Melrose said.
“I just think it needs to be inclusive and I want everyone to have a chance to be a part of it.
If you want to be in the quadropoles you need to be able to ride it and you have to be healthy.”
Her friends are all women and the quadros are made up of people of color, Melrose added.
Melrose is one of the youngest of the quadrotors.
She said she started skating when she was 16, and has been riding since then.
She started the quad roller derby as a hobby.
“It was really fun, it was a great way to relax and do something you really enjoy,” she said, “It’s something I think I can do for a living.”
She has been skateboarding for four years, and her goal is to become the first female to skate a quadrotor.
Mel Rose started quadrooping in 2011.
She’s an avid skateboard roller derby skater who also skates topless, she explained.
She recently took the quadroller from a local shop, where she worked, to a skate park in Oakland.
MelRose said she has found some of her friends online and through social media.
She is also on Instagram.
She was born and raised in Oakland, but now lives in New York City.