Nora’s shared her skateboard origin story before but she is happy to retell it on a hot December day at Belvedere Skatepark in East Los Angeles. It’s the kind of Southern California day where you only know it’s winter because of the angle of the sun, lazily dipping towards the horizon far too soon. Vasconcellos’ dad and brother are in tow, visiting her from her hometown of Pembroke, Massachusetts for the first time. “I loved the character Reggie Rocket,” she continues. “She was so sick. The purple hair, the whole thing. I want to see a live-action version of Rocket Power and I want to play Reggie. I’m putting that into the world! If somebody else plays Reggie I’m going to throw a fit.”
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