Words // Alcynna Lloyd Photos // Ellie Alonzo + Drew Herring Video // Drew Herring Ialways wanted to be a skateboarder, but the idea of being bloodied was enough to make my parents steer me in the direction of more traditional sports. To be fair, with my luck I would have broken something eventually. Instead, balls took the place of wheels; something I’ve always regretted. I am now past my awkward adolescence, but my interest in skateboarding continues. Let’s make things clear; I am not a skateboarder. People still use the word poser, right? Yeah, I am not that, just a curious spectator. So how does a spectator enjoy the sport from the stands? I guess the next best thing is attending a festival that celebrates the game. This weekend I had the pleasure of attending Dallas’s first Skate or Die Fest. It was filled with loud skateboards, funky music, and delicious street food. Now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve had better Kimchi fries, or seen so many Vans and mom jeans. Skateboarding is more than a sport; it’s a culture. Skate or Die tried to capture that off-the-wall essence during its first festival. The competition was intense, and the crowd seemed to be loving every second. The winner of the overall contest was 12-year -old, Xavier, who walked away with $1500. In the end, I danced, stuffed my face and dodged a few boards. I have a feeling next years will be bigger and better. I’ll be back next year, and maybe by then, I’ll learn a trick or two.