Last week I stopped by Hot Spot Skate Park in Spartanburg, S.C and photographed a few skateboarders and Inline skaters. Hot Spot Skate Park opened its doors in 2009 and was the first public concrete skate park to open in S.C. The park has lots to offer skaters from rails, walls, 2 half pipes, a bowl and even some stairs.
I was amazed at some of the local talent out there skating. One who stood out to me was a young lady by the name of Kennady Kent—a twenty-year-old who grew up in Greenville, SC and who is currently attending Converse College here in Spartanburg. Kennady surprised me simply because you don't typically see females doing aggressive inline skating. Growing up, her family was active in the local pavilion with ice hockey and skating, but she had never tried inline skating.
Kennadys boyfriend Kheven surprised her with her first pair of inline skates back in April and after that she has hit the rail grinding. Kennadys first grind was a Soul grind (pictured above) but her favorite is the Miszou grind. She constantly strives to make her form better with each session whether it is the mount, her speed or her landing she just wants each grind to be perfect. She credits her boyfriend Kheven and close friend Anthony for teaching her everything she knows. Kennady tries to skate the park at least 1-3 times a week depending on work and school schedules between her and Kheven.
Kennady likes rollerblading for several reasons the first being she gets to skate and spend time with her boyfriend kheven while doing something he also loves. It is also great exercise, inexpensive and is very rewarding when you learn a new trick. Her current goal is to ride the quarter pipe and get some air on the ramps by the end of the year. I personally don't see this as being too hard for her to achieve after watching her skate. Kheven and Anthony tell her she is a natural at aggressive inline skating and I couldn't agree more with them. Best of luck to you Kennady!