One thing about skating the late Wednesday at Skaters' Edge in the winter is that the intensity and quality of skating goes up dramatically as the weather gets worse. So it wasn't that surprising that when I arrived last night to skate the bowl there was an array of flashes set up for a photo shoot and probably the top female skater in the Northeast, Nora Vasconcellos, trying to make some tricks. I wasn't sure what the protocol was for this kind of situation but gradually mixed in my pleasure runs with her semi-business ones. Nora is part of a new generation of girl skaters which I imagine has been nurtured in the new public (and private, Nora mostly skates vert at Rye Airfield), which have a lower (social) barrier to entry than backyard ramps and secret spots.
Here's a nice piece on Nora from Blue Tile Obsession.