The art of jam skating is a sport that is often viewed as ‘masculine’ according to the public eye. Many guys are in this art for the long haul and plan to soak in every second of their dominance, but this year everything has changed. There are more girls competitively taking interest in this art and bringing it to levels that can’t be put into the simplest words. Madison Farmer is one of those girls. Madison is a fourteen year old spit fire who resides in Dallas, Georgia; she’s well known in the jam skating community and is always putting herself out there for the world to see.
Madison Farmer is one of the top girl skaters as of right now; she is a sponsored skater for: Kounterfit Klothing, Kidz Eat Free, and VNLA. Although she’s well respected by many skaters, she did start from the bottom just like anybody else. Madison said: “Well, my mom was pregnant with me while she worked at the local skating rink so I guess you could say I really was born into the skating family. When my mom quit working for the rink when I was three, I had no choice but to go with her. I didn’t skate for five years. I started skating again when I was eight. All I can remember was being in the middle and not even being able to stand up.” Madison soon realized that there was something more to the idea of wheels on her feet. When she was ten years old she began to admire the shuffle skaters as they would skate around the rink hitting a beat with each step.“I finally got out there and began with the basics and shuffle skating, then I started learning short routines and made some doubles with some of my friends. I was hooked.” Madison said.
Madison finally got the courage to make her way out to WSA Nationals in 2013. “That’s when everything really took place,” Madison said. Then just one year ago Madison came up with the idea of doing her first solo. Madison expressed: “I put in so much time with my solos. This all branched out and made me the skater I am today.” Madison came into the skating community as silent as a mouse; she didn’t like skating in front of people at all. Madison genuinely said: “The people in the skating community are all just so kind. Everyone helped me get comfortable with what I was doing, and they all stood by me 110%. I finally got more into the scene and began talking to the most amazing people; I’m so glad I did! I’ve made some great friends that all have the same passion that I have.”
Madison’s sponsorships didn’t all just come to her. She has put in countless hours to improve her fluency, personality, and musicality. Madison first got sponsored by Kounterfit Klothing in August of 2014. “I worked so hard and it paid off. I hadn’t even been skating a year when Kounterfit approached me. They whole team have provided me with so much love and support which keeps me motivated each day,” said Madison. Two months after her Kounterfit sponsorship, Kidz Eat Free humbly approached Madison. “I remember feeling so out of place with Kidz Eat Free because I was the first and only girl to ever be sponsored by this company.” Madison’s most recent sponsor was VNLA; she got sponsored in March of 2015! Madison said: “Everyone on the team is just so nice! They push me to be better and so much love runs through everyone. All my sponsors are like my family, and I don’t know what I would do without them.”
The skating community is now flowing with girls waiting to prove their dominance over the guys. Madison sets an example for so many girls that they can do anything they set their mind to. She has battled many guys and won, but it’s always good to accept the losses. “Ladies,” Madison said, “When you are skating it’s important to just not care what others are thinking of you, and also, don’t be afraid to shake what your mama gave you! Just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I should be underestimated by any guy I may battle. I may not have the power or win every battle, but I will never stop trying. Nobody should.”