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Give Blood, Go Skateboarding: Marine Skater In The Iraq War

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.


Teresa Fazio is a former Marine Captain who skateboarded while deployed to Iraq. Skating with combat boots, she found in skateboarding a way to endure and handle war. In the months she was learning rifle and pistol shooting, squad tactics and such, skating helped with the pressure of a full-time military life.

Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

Skating made her see herself as a person and not a property of the government. Deployed in Irak she had a lot of periods filled with boredom and stress, making it a challange to keep the sanity, so a buddy of her mailed her a cheap board from Walmart. Then, she made a ramp down the side of a piramidal bunker with some plywood a sergeant found.



Suddenly, they started to take turns and dropping in until the night darkened and it was impossible to see. They got hooked on skateboarding and just found that skating in that four-foot-tall structure made them forget risk and danger that existed being in a war zone.

Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

When she went back to U.S. Soil, she realized how skateboarding helped her to be enthusiastic and to enjoy the present moment. The marine Corps taught her that practice is key to master something, and she combined those lessons with her skating activity, seeing that skateboarding also need concentration, discipline and blood.

She learned to pay attention to things and to see beyond military life. Now who can tell us that skateboarding doesn’t change the life of people who do it? In this case it was the mental salvation Teresa needed to keep going and not forget what life really is about, having a good time and feeling free any time you can. Skateboarding have no limits and this story is proof of that. If you have a board theres nothing you can’t overcome.


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