calamity jean Archives - Original Betty Skateboard Co.
Original Betty Skate Co. is pleased to announce that we will be honoring Jean Rusen’s (AKA Calamity Jean) skateboard career by releasing a master’s model skateboard in her honor on Saturday February 28th 2015. Festivities will begin with a 9am skateboarding session at Tempe skate park (8401 S. Hardy Dr., Tempe AZ), followed by an official product release and BBQ at Sidewalk Surfer skate shop at 1pm (2602 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale AZ 85257). As a bonus, Jean Rusen’s band, Kevin Daly’s Chicken and Waffles, will be playing a set at Sidewalk Surfer around 3pm.
On the behalf of The Rusen-Keyser family, The Original Betty Skate Co., Pink Widow Distribution and along with the staff of Sidewalk Surfer, they would like to invite you to celebrate this a special day in honor of Jean Rusen and the progression of women within skateboarding.
UPDATE: The Jean Rusen Master’s Model is now available for purchase at Pink Widow Distribution
She acquired her first sponsor at age 35 (nearly 36). Made the podium and won prize money at a pro event for the first time at age 44.
Jean was the first woman to ride in a World Cup Men’s event in Sept., 2009 (Tim Brauch Memorial Bowl Comp, Grandmasters division). She was ranked in the WCS Men’s Masters for 3 years (2009, 10 & 11) with her best ranking being in 2010 when she was 24th out of 79.
Jean won the first-ever Women’s masters competition in Aug, 2010. Also placed 3rd out of 11 in the 28 & over division of the Girls Combi Classic in Jan, 2013.
She hits the road (almost) every summer with her 2 daughters (& their dog) to see the country, visit friends & family &, perhaps most importantly, check out skate spots. The summer of 2011 she and her family went through 21 states & skated 40 spots (mostly parks, a few private backyard ramps/bowls, 1 ditch).
She has only broken 1 bone (ankle, 3 days before her 30th birthday), unless you count teeth…she has busted three of them, one at the 1st Annual Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama.
Jean is currently in search of “untraditional” sponsors (Geritol, Oil of Olay, Kotes) at least until she actually hits her “change of life,” and says at that point she’ll be interested in an estrogen-replacement hook-up.
***WELCOME TO THE TEAM*** OGB