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Daily Inspiration: Meet Trey Boal

Today we’d like to introduce you to Trey Boal.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started roller skating in high school after realizing I was unhappy and needed another type of activity where I can be in a supportive community and progress as an individual both physically and emotionally. What peaked my interest originally were Moxi Skate Team videos on YouTube that popped up on my feed early on when the Moxi brand was becoming popular. I always watched their videos, along with videos from PlanetRollerSkate, a Youtube tutorial and skate lifestyle channel, and was amazed to see rollerskaters dance and even do flips, grinds, slides, and various tricks at skateparks. At first, it was inspiring to see strong women taking on the parks with a sport that seemingly declined in popularity but quickly influenced me to start my own skate journey. It was never really my intention to skate at skateparks originally because growing up queer, I never saw myself being safe or fitting in at a skatepark where there is a clear sense of territory.

However, after seeking to buy skates from Sin City Roller Skate Shop in Clairmont Mesa, I was connected to a whole community of skaters by the owner who showed a true intention of growing the local community of skaters here in San Diego. I was connected to a whole community of skaters that I was not expecting to support me and teach me so much, even in things other than skating. In such a dynamic and diverse group of skaters coming together under one common goal, to skate and be free, I learned a lot about the struggles of being a POC and gender-queer in our generation. Although some struggles I could relate to, it was so effective to learn in such an intimate and safe space where all I wanted to do was support my friends. It’s ironic because without skating, I may not have connected with such a diverse population of all ages (younger and older), races, sexual and gender identities, etc. It truly is such a beautiful place to be, and I love skating at the skatepark, knowing everyone around me wants to skate with me regardless of my struggles or background. I love being a roller skater!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As an athlete, it is always a journey to progress in your sport. Most of the time, it can be very frustrating to compare yourself or practice a certain skill relentlessly and still not be able to successfully learn it. However, in skating, I find it much less frustrating to learn because all skaters want you to succeed and sometimes it only took a bit of pushing for me to trust my body to do the trick. Similarly, I don’t find it a competition amongst the skaters in the community but rather encouraging to see how other skaters are learning and sharing their progress on social media. It is the exact opposite feeling that I’ve gotten competing in other sports; the comradery is evident among our community and no one wants anyone left behind.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am an aggressive roller skater which means I skate on roller skates at skateparks. I’m known for my floral shirts, my watermelon helmet, and my best trick: the fakie barani flip. I am really proud of the progress I’ve made in only about two years of serious aggressive skating. I’m really excited to learn more and to progress more, introducing more flips, slides, and grinds to my skillset. What sets me apart from others is that I am representing a less represented group of skaters: queer cis-gendered men and I hope to be a leader, bringing more recognition to the sport and influencing other queer cis-gendered men to feel comfortable to skate when they see me out there. I also have had the pleasure to create and host a queer-centered roller skate podcast entitled “Estate From Reality,” where I bring guest stars to discuss their skate stories and provide internal perspective on the community of roller skaters. It is important to me to create a safe public space for queer individuals in our community to express their ideas and perspectives and having such a supportive audience is so amazing.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I love San Diego. Not only does it have great skateparks, great waves, and beautiful sun, but there are so many diverse groups of people getting together to shed light on their ways of life which is such a beautiful sight. However, I wish our city officials were more in touch with the communities. I wish the city would reach out to skaters about keeping the skateparks open a little later and upkeep. We have a respectful community of skaters and skateparks really helps people get out energy and keep the focus on something positive throughout the day. It’s also one of the only safe activities to participate in during the pandemic, especially for those of us who wear masks.

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Image Credits
All photos are by Jim Alesi @alesiphotos
The one of me going over an arch (bell tower) is by Bobby Sarmiento @sarmiento.shoots

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