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Thursday, March 29, 2012

isTia interview with Coco Cianciarulo

Cocó Cianciarulo
isTia interview with Cocó Cianciarulo

Before sharing Cocó Cianciarulo’s interview, I wanted to mention that it seems remarkable to me that not only more and more girls are skating pools and bowls but they do it at a younger age. Most of the skaters that were ripping the pools and bowls in the 70’s and 80’s have raised grown up kids and most of those kids are now rippin’ copings somewhere in a foreclosed pool or at a brand new skatepark with pristine white cement.

More than 20 years ago, when Thrasher announced that vert was dead, the ones that had no pools, no skateparks and no ramps close to their home had really no future.

Allysha Bergado USA, Anika Vrklan USA, Poppy Starr Australia, Coco Cianciarulo Argentina, kickass girls
and born to be wilde...
They really took Thrasher’s motto for granted and quit skateboarding; street was not an option after the adrenaline you experience riding in a pool. Most mainstream skateboarders just made fun of us by pushing the flash forward button when we were playing and we collectively did not envision the traction that bowl riding would have on the new generation in 2012. Everywhere, you can see kids of 12, 10, or even 8 years old that have more tricks and technique than the 30 something California OGs that skated (almost - ahum) all their life. For 20 years, outside of California, there was no hope you would ever skate a bowl in your life, let alone a foreclosed pool. It’s not a lesson of humility but of proudness to see those kids in the bowls. The OGs started to raise families and the children who are in our care and responsibility are now conveying the passion for skateboarding even further than we would have ever imagined. Not only the essence of core skateboarding is being preserved in the hands of 10 year old kids, but the level of bowl skateboarding has dramatically raised.

Cocó Cianciarulo: 7 stairs ollie February 2012
Of course, after this arrogant introduction we're going to present a girl who was blessed with motivator parents and a new all-terrain attitude. Cocó‘s Dad and Mom are part of those awesome parents that build ramps and wooden bowls in their backyards. I know other parents that do the same and they know I am thinking about them…

A big thanks to Jenny, Cocó‘s Mom who cooperated with isTia for this interview. The wiz kid in question is Cocó Cianciarulo, better known as " Cocó " or "Coquita", she is in 3rst grade, lives in Buenos Aires and she rides for the Ipucha Brigade of the Mar del Plata skateshop, located in the Atlantic coast of Argentina.

Cocó Cianciarulo regularly competes as a team rider for Ipucha, and has been known for beating the boys at their own skateboarding game.

Coco Cianciarulo
She reminds me of Allysha Bergado when I first met her 3 years ago and when later I published her interview on isTia, she had the same aura and I just could see in her shyness the potential she had at the time, which eventually translated to a bragging first place at the last Combi Classic in 2011. You bet I’m proud of her… Beating the boys is also something Poppy Starr Olsen is used to do. She is the official national champ from Australia and she was the only girl competing with boys at the manly Beach Soul Bowl last February. Girls like Allysha, Poppy , Cocó and scores of others have the word “respect” placated to their tee-shirts, even before the mandatory Indy sticker so dear to pool riders.

Here is Cocó Cianciarulo interview with isTia.Tv

isTi.Tv: Are you from Mexico or Argentina? Cocó Cianciarulo: I am from both countries. That is the way I feel. I like both countries the same.

isTi.Tv: In your family, who is from Argentina, who is Mexican? Cocó Cianciarulo: Argentine father, Mexican mother…

isTi.Tv: During the past two years, you were all over Latin America and even USA ... Have you ever woke up wondering: Where am I today? Cocó Cianciarulo: No… Hahahaha ...

isTi.Tv: What is the best place you have ever visited? Cocó Cianciarulo: Mexico, my grandmother's house in Monterey.

isTi.Tv: Age or date of birth? Cocó Cianciarulo: 8 years. 13-Jan-2004.

isTi.Tv: Where do you live? Cocó Cianciarulo: Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is where we are doing the interview…

isTi.Tv: If you were to move to another city, where would you like to live? Cocó Cianciarulo: Hmm ..... California?

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isTia.Tv: If you reached a very high standard in skate, do you think you can stay in Argentina or you would have to move to California? Cocó Cianciarulo: Of course, yes, Why not? Because it is important. But for now it all depends on my parents.....

isTia.Tv: How did you start skateboarding? Cocó Cianciarulo: One day my Dad came back home with a new skate, and I stepped on it. I was 4 at the time. I never got off the board after that. Then my parents took my brothers to take classes at a skatepark called Peru Beach, but it is not in Peru, it is here in Buenos Aires, and my mother registered my two brothers at the skate school, but I was not part of it… So I said, .... Aren’t you going to register me at the skate lessons? I want to take the classes, I like it!
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And this is how I started the skate lessons…

isTia.Tv: So you have been skateboarding for 4 years?: Cocó Cianciarulo: yes, 4 years.

isTia.Tv: Do you remember what were the settings of your first board? Cocó Cianciarulo: Mmm ...... It was a Madrid. My first skate was given to me by Angelita Madrid. She is the wife of Jerry Madrid.

isTia.Tv: Were there any early influences on your skating? Cocó Cianciarulo: My teachers: Nacho Vidal, Mecu, my brother Jay.

isTia.Tv: Who was your very first teacher? Cocó Cianciarulo: My brother Jay.

isTia.Tv: How are your parents supporting you? Cocó Cianciarulo: They are awesome! They always support me, for ever! We are a family that enjoys skateboarding!

isTia.Tv: Who else is skating in your family? Cocó Cianciarulo: My father, my brothers and my mom who enjoys watching a lot of skateboarding sessions.

isTia.Tv: I know your dad also skate bowls. Who is better, you or your dad? Cocó Cianciarulo: Lol!!! Dad says I'm much better than him! He says he learns from me. ! He started skateboarding when he was older, and he loves surfing too.

isTia.Tv: Who were-are some of the local skaters inspired you? Cocó Cianciarulo: Milton Martinez, Eugenia Ginepro. They are both from Argentina.

isTia.Tv: Other skaters have their own pool in their backyard (Pedro Barros, Keith Baldassare, Bucky Lasek, Sky Siljeg). Do you also have a bowl in your backyard? Cocó Cianciarulo: Yeah! We started with a mini ramp, and we ended up building a wooden “bowlcito!” Hermooosoooo!.

isTia.Tv: How big is the bowl you have in your background? Cocó Cianciarulo: I don’t know ....... It’s big…

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isTia.Tv: How do you call your backyard bowl? Cocó Cianciarulo:Papa gave it the name of Coco's Bowl!

isTia.Tv: When was it set up? Cocó Cianciarulo: Uh .... That was such a long time ago… Oski Fat Dog Perez, a close friend of Papa and a friend of the family did it. He is like an uncle to me, I call him “tio”. He is a skateboard ramp builder, a professional photographer of skateboarding, has a digital zine:

isTia.Tv: Other skaters come to skate with you on your bowl? Cocó Cianciarulo: Siiiiii ...! This is the most beautiful thing.... I can share my bowl with all my friends and family....

Coco's Dad

isTia.Tv: Have you done a contest in Coco’s Bowl? Cocó Cianciarulo: JajajajaJa!!! Nooooo!!! We would love to do a contest! But we are very close to do one and it’s an intimate place!

isTia.Tv: Do you often go to contests? Cocó Cianciarulo: Yes, I love to compete, to share with the other skaters and Nacho Vidal, one of my teachers, taught me. And that’s awesome to make new friends in the skateboarding ....

isTia.Tv: So, you like contests? Cocó Cianciarulo: Siiiii! I love that!

isTia.Tv: Your best contests? Cocó Cianciarulo: The Assault Girls!
Coco's Bowl in her backyard.. Rightly named... Coco's Bowl... Duh!
The girls that are organizing that contest here are the best! And they have been skateboarding for a very long time. The contest is done with girls only, it is very well organized, and it goes to different cities around the country. Thanks to the organizers of Girls Assault, there is a national circuit of girls’ skateboarding with official ranking.

isTia.Tv: Your worst contest? Cocó Cianciarulo: LOL! Nononono. No worst contest…

isTia.Tv: Some time ago, Argentina was known for Quilmes, Boca Juniors, River Plate, Maradona. Are you changing all that with you skateboarding skills or is it the same ol’ thing as before? Cocó Cianciarulo: Hahahaha no, it’s not changing.....

Skate Champion of Argentina. Yes, she is the #1

isTia.Tv: As people watch the skaters in Argentina? As hoodlums? Or is it changing? Coco: Hahahaha some see skateboarding like you said, some not. But the vision is slowly changing, yes!
How do you see the current feminine skate scene 1) in Argentina, 2) in Mexico, 3) in the U.S.?
1 - Argentina, Assault Girl is driving a lot the female skate scene.
2 - In Mexico, I love to go ride and meet other girls in my country!
3 - Pheewww! An awesome level! I would love to go competing the US!

isTia.Tv: How many girls practice vert or bowl in Argentina? Cocó Cianciarulo: Mmm ... Not a lot, only some few.....
Hey, who's that tall guy on the right hand side with Coco? I've seen him before around Dogtown...

isTia.Tv: A lot of times you competed against boys only and you were #1. How come are you so good? Cocó Cianciarulo: Hahahahaha ......!! I enjoy competing, and often I was the only girl in the contest. On top of that, there are few women's events. So, most of the time, I have to compete against “varonés” and most of the time I won! Jajajajaja!

isTia.Tv: What about those guys? Milton Martinez, Eugenia Ginepro, Videla and Paulita Costales, Nacho Vidal and Mecu. Cocó Cianciarulo: Yes! I have skated with them and I admire them a lot! I have shared a lot of sessions and memories with them!

isTia.Tv: With who else have you skated? Cocó Cianciarulo: Phewww …. Mari Gonzales, Rodolfo Durrieu, Tatú martinez , El Mosca, Iván y Valen Damico
From Buenos Aires, Argentina to Orange, California: Coco Cianciarulo and Jerry Madrid at Vans Skatepark

(those are Argentine legend). I have also skated wit Quique Rosso, Chinito Moral, many more ... Pheww!! .... All of them are very good friends of the family! ....

isTia.Tv: How about that pic with Tony Alva? Cocó Cianciarulo: Hahaha ...! Jerry Madrid introduced Tony Alva to my Papa. Jerry Madrid is a friend of the family and the owner of Madrid skateboards. The photo was taken some time ago; I was only 4 at the time.

isTia.Tv: Do you surf? Cocó Cianciarulo: Yes. I Surf in Mar del Plata and I learn with the Foca Conti, I really like surfing. Other sports, I do not do.

isTia.Tv: Favorite Music? Cocó Cianciarulo: Pennywise, Sr. Flavio, 311, Sublime, Boom Boom Kid.

Coco: I like to surf at Mar Del Plata
isTia.Tv: Favorite band? Cocó Cianciarulo: Pennywise

isTia.Tv: Who are your sponsors: Cocó Cianciarulo: Maa and Papa! LOL !!! I also run for a small skateshop from Mar del Plata with a great name of skater legend Ipucha. Ipucha skateshop. In the 80’s, Pablo Ipucha was a legend of the vert scene in Argentina. In 2009, He saw me compete in a Women's Championship in Mar del Plata when I was only 5 years and then, he invited me to be part of the Ipucha Brigade.

isTia.Tv: Besides skateboarding, what you enjoy doing in your spare time? Cocó Cianciarulo: Hmm ..... I go to school .... And .... drawing .....

The Seven Steps To Heaven, the Birth Of The Cool girl...
Miles would have acknowledged Coco... 
isTia.Tv: Who are your main competitors? Cocó Cianciarulo: there are all my friends!

isTia.Tv: Who are your favorite old school skaters? Cocó Cianciarulo: All that we already mentioned: Tatú Martinez, Rodolfo Durrieu. Mosca Bejanelle, Iván Damico, all from Argentina. From outside, Tony Alva because Papa loves him a lot!!!

isTia.Tv: What's your favorite trick? Cocó Cianciarulo: Ollie front side 180.

isTia.Tv: What trick are you trying to do? Cocó Cianciarulo: In vert, front side five-0, in street: pressure, still I can’t do the flip, I'm very “chiquita” still, physically speaking, and I have enough strength and physical structure to achieve those tricks...

isTia.Tv: New trick you just learned? Cocó Cianciarulo: Boardslides in drawer and rail .....

isTia.Tv: What is the hardest trick you have done? Cocó Cianciarulo: Hmmm .... Ollie Jump a stairway of 7 steps in the Converse skatepark of Buenos Aires.

isTia.Tv: Are you better in street or in vert-bowl? Cocó Cianciarulo: I really like both!

isTia.Tv: What is your favorite surface? Cocó Cianciarulo: I like them all, but the concrete is what I prefer ...

isTia.Tv: At what skatepark do you go the most? Cocó Cianciarulo: The one I go most is Eh? Park in the City of Quilmes, Backside in the City of Flores, Converse sk8park that is public and brand new ...., Technopolis, La Placita Del Tigre ....

isTia.Tv: What is favorite deck brand? Cocó Cianciarulo: Hmm ..... Madrid skateboard!

isTia.Tv: Have you skated real empty pools? Cocó Cianciarulo: In the Backside skatepark there is a large concrete bowl, I like it, we always go there .... We don’t have a lot of empty or backyard pools. In Argentina, there are no pools made for skateboarding. Unfortunately…
Cocó Cianciarulo: When was the first time you dropped? Cocó Cianciarulo: At 5 years! I was holding my Pope’s hand, then, I was holding “tio” Oski's hand, then I was holding other skaters’ hand, and eventually, I did it myself. Was I afraid? no!

isTia.Tv: What skate videos do you like? Cocó Cianciarulo: I like watching an Argentina's skate movie called “El sueño del pibe.”

isTia.Tv: What is your typical day? Cocó Cianciarulo: I get up early, breakfast, going to school, then I go out to lunch at “mediodia”, change me, and Mom takes me to walk with my brothers to a certain street spot or skatepark. Sometimes, Pope, when he can also come and we go and walk all together to a skate spot..... Mom looks at us and loves it .... We share skateboarding with all the family

isTia.Tv: Where do you like skating? Cocó Cianciarulo: Anywhere

isTia.Tv: Who Do you like skating with? Cocó Cianciarulo: With dad, my brothers, my friends, other skaters, and especially Eugene Ginepro, he helps me and encourages me a lot!

isTia.Tv: Are there any skaters who are so impressive that you stop everything just to see them? Cocó Cianciarulo: And siii!! Milton, Euge, El Chinto Moral ....

isTia.Tv: What magazines do you read? Cocó Cianciarulo: Skate magazines Buenos Muchachos (Argentina), Thrasher .... Other magazines mmmmm .......

isTia.Tv: How much time do you dedicate to skate? Cocó Cianciarulo: Mmm .... Many, I really like it ...... I go after the “colegio”, most of the day, almost every day ....

isTia.Tv: Were you hurt while skating? Cocó Cianciarulo: Noooo!! Nooooo!! The Virgin of Guadalupe protects me!

isTia.Tv: So far, what have been some of the highlights of your skateboarding career? Cocó Cianciarulo: just be happy!! Being able to go and skate and be happy with my family, friends, meeting new friends ....

isTia.Tv: Do you have a special diet? Cocó Cianciarulo: Pope is a vegetarian! I do not have any special diet!

isTia.Tv: What have you planned for this year? Cocó Cianciarulo:The Assault Girls contest in the women's national circuit, which begins soon. The Assault Girls contest is in its fourth year, I will go anywhere you can ride and compete .... This year I would like to go to California, hopefully we can .....

isTia.Tv: Shout outs? Cocó Cianciarulo: yes, I would like to say thank you to my mom because she takes me skating everywhere, and also to my brothers, dad, friends. Thank you to skateboarding !

isTia.Tv: Muchas Gracias Cocó!!!

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Anonymous eugenia said...

increible coco estoy muy feliz por concoerte y ver tu progreso cada ves mas rapido y mejor , sos una capa amigaaa!! te quiero

March 30, 2012 at 7:18 PM  

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