There have always been amazingly talented women skateboarders but there’s no denying that Vans Pro and Tony Hawk protégé, Lizzie Armanto, is one of the most groundbreaking ladies in skateboard history. In 2016 she became the 1st woman to ever grace the cover of Transworld, then in 2017 she dropped Thrasher & Birdhouse parts and was the 3rd woman to make the cover of Thrasher (and the first one since 1994). The truth is, Santa Monica native, Lizzie Armanto, is flat out gnarlier than half the dudes out there.
What style of shoe/shoes do you skate?
I skate Chukka Lows mostly.
What’s your set up?
Birdhouse 8-inch, 149 Indys, medium bushings, 58mm Bones wheels.
What’s been the best trip you’ve ever been on?
The best trip I’ve ever been on is the 3rd time I went to Australia; I was out there for the Vans Bowl-A-Rama contests. It was summer and a bunch of friends were out there too; it would have been a challenge not to have a good time.
How did you get on Vans?
Grosso. I’ve always been a Vans girl at heart so he helped make it happen.
Favorite Vans rider and why?
Grosso because he’s a big teddy bear.
What trick can’t you do that you wish you could?
What are some interests/hobbies outside of skating?
Drawing, adventuring, beach activities, getting boba and yoga.
Last good book you read?
I enjoyed Kiss Me Like A Stranger By Gene Wilder. It gave me a new perspective on him and the movies he played in.
5 songs that have to be on a mix tape:
Stuck on the Puzzle by The Arctic Monkeys
I’m Good, I’m Gone by Lykke Li
Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes
Breeze Blocks by Alt-J
Erase Me by Kid Cudi
FIVE ESSENTIALS FOR ANY ROAD TRIP?
Phone, computer, clothes/toiletries, skateboard and camera.
IF YOU WERE GOING TO THE ELECTRIC CHAIR, WHAT WOULD YOUR LAST MEAL CONSIST OF?
Chicken Adobo with rice and a tea with boba.
What does it feel like to be added to the Vans team?
It’s a similar feeling to that of smelling your favorite food; so a little warm and fuzzy on the inside with a dash of anticipation.