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Portrait of Nicole

Nicole was originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA But at the time of this interview, lived in Ventura, California. She moved to the area because she was attending University of California, Santa Barbara as a PhD candidate in psychology.

Nicole was emphasizing Clinical Psychology and was writing and submitting her dissertation on a type of therapy which induced people to interact with animals and to engage in various types of holistic healing. This type of therapy is called ecotherapy.

Nicole was working with Craig Chalquist who was the father of ecotherapy. He was going to be one of the expert readers of her dissertation.

Nicole’s baby was due mid October.

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Portrait of Jacky

Jacky Long boarded and longboard danced. She was just a beginner and was not competing at the time we had met. She was studying this form at her secondary school, Sylmar High School and once a week she went to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she improved via their informal type lessons. She never formally studied dance.

Jacky liked the Peter Pan move, she said, “you lose your balance a lot.” She didn’t wear any protective gear except for sliding gloves which she put on the ground, “and then you could drag your hands” to manipulate movement.

Jacky was 15 years, born in Usulután, El Salvador, but raised in San Fernando Valley, California.

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