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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Lyn-Z s’envoie en l’air in Paris with a 540 McTwist!

Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins arrosée de Champagne Moët et Chandon in Paris, France!!!

Lyn-Z Hawkins at the Grand Palais in Paris with a 540 McTwitsYou need historic places to produce historic events. On November 20, 2009, in a major skate, art and music event held in Paris' grandiose Grand Palais, (built at the turn of the century for the international exposition at the same time as the Eiffel Tower) right in the center of the Capital City, between the Eiffel Tower and the Musée du Louvre, close the Champs Elysées and the River La Seine, among Tony Hawk and his almost unique 900 (for the eleventh time of his career) ; among Jean Postec, Sergie Ventura, Fritch, Kevin Staab, Sandro Dias and Andy MacDonald ; Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins made her own history as the first female ever to land a 540 on a skateboard. And the move was flawless! Imagine the picture: the Grand Palais is a grandiose museum located only a couple of blocks from Le Trocadero, the cradle of skate in France and Les Bassins, a pirate skate park that only lasted a couple of month in the middle of the 80’s. Because skateboard became hugely popular only recently in France and is now considered there as an art, there was no better place for her to make that awesome trick…

A Quiksilver event

The skateboard event, named the “Quiksilver Tony Hawk Show”, featured photography from Bára Prásilová, live painting by André, music by Dead By Sunrise, DJing with Mix Master Mike and, of course, skating.

Lyn-Z was born in San Diego but spent part of her childhood growing up in Sayulita, Mexico, just outside Puerto Vallarta. The family later moved to Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California. Her legal name is Lyndsey, and Adams is her middle name. She started using the nickname Lyn-Z only in the 4th grade.

Lyn-Z participated in a variety of sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, gymnastics and surfing and she finally got into skateboarding after her brother, Tyler, bought her a membership at the Encinitas YMCA when she was six years old. Lyn-Z often uses her artistic talents to customize the griptape on her skateboards. Many bear the letters RIP, in memory of her late father, who died in December 2003.

Lyn-Z is at the forefront of a very small group of professional female skaters. She is also one of a few skaters to skate the DC Mega Ramp, and the first female skater to do so. Due to a broken arm in 2005 and a torn ACL (resulting in surgery) in 2006, Lyn-Z has missed out on many competitions. In lieu of participating, she was the on-camera host for the girls’ competition at the West 49 Canadian Open in Hamilton, Ontario in September 2006.

In 2007 Hawkins returned to competition, and won the gold medal in the Women's Vert competition at X Games 13 in Los Angeles. In 2008 she placed second in the same competition, and in 2009 she returned to win another gold medal in 1st place, also in the Women's Vert competition.

Major sponsors include Volcom, Nixon Watches, Birdhouse Skateboards, Oakley eyewear, Type-S wheels, S-one helmets, K-five Boardshop

In 2008 Hawkins appeared on the cover of Concrete Wave Magazine's annual Skateboard Directory. Lyn-z Adams Hawkins made her video game debut as a playable skater in Tony Hawk's Project 8. She was the second female skater to appear in a Tony Hawk game, following Elissa Steamer. She was replaced in the following game by Vanessa Torres, but is returning to the series for the 2009 release Tony Hawk: Ride. Finally, Lyn-Z is featured on a number of skate DVDs including Getting Nowhere Faster and the Groms series of DVDs, which highlight some of the top Grommets in various Extreme Sports.

How about snowboarding?

While focused mainly on skateboarding, Hawkins is also an avid snowboarder. She has recently begun entering snowboarding competitions. In 2007, her year-end National ranking was 23rd in Slopestyle and 9th in Halfpipe.

All pictures fron Lyn-Z Facebook page...

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