Skateboarder, artist Glenna Evans died just one day before birthdayBy Salim Jiwa
VANCOUVER – Glenna Evans would have turned 28 today.
But a tragic mishap during a downhill run on Mt. Seymour Road in North Vancouver Friday took her life just one day short of her birthday.
She failed to negotiate a curve and slammed into a van.
Evans was a participant in international skateboarding events and was an accomplished artist who sold her works on her own website and on blogspot.com.
Her distraught family asked for privacy to mourn their loss but issued a statement through the RCMP.“Glenna Evans was an Honours student at Emily Carr University. She had finished her third year in the Fine Arts Program and was to begin completion of a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree this fall. She earned awards at University and in High School in Victoria,” her family said.
“Glenna was a serious longboard skate competitor for several years and has placed well in international competition in the US and Canada. She was practicing in full racing gear at Mount Seymour.”
In her profile on Blogger, Glenna described her passions as “tallbike riding, breathing fire, downhill speedboarding, circus.”
“Up in Vancouver BC, or as some bikers call it, Cascadia, I’m getting a degree at ECUAD and doing things like tattooing, drawing burlesque stars or painting Aerolid Helmets and leathers for downhill World Champion skateboarders,” she said.
Following a competition in Maryhill Festival of Speed in Washngton State, she said: “Well i managed to pass a couple girls into 3rd place, ones that normally rock the podium but i couldnt keep it together in one of the lefts at Maryhill Festival of Speed. Also known as the IGSA World Cup, racers were up from Brazil and all over the place. It was the first time I was in international heats- I met one lovely Ishta from Sweden, hope to see the same great people next year. I still had a rad time and made many new friends.”