The 2018 Jantastic Invitational is an eight team, two pool, round robin tournament played across two days in San Diego, California.
Scroll down to find out more about each women’s roller derby team and their team captain.
Huff & Puff
They are a banked track roller derby team made up of a mix of present, former, and retired LA Derby Dolls, all coming together for an epic Jantastic team.
Huff & Puff Captain Biography
Team Captain: Marina del RAGE
Marina del RAGE started her skating career as a wobbly, LA Derby Doll freshmeat skater at the beginning of 2008, where she discovered her love for the banked track. Since then she has enjoyed 10 years with LADD — including 8 great seasons with her home team, Fight Crew and 3 exhilarating seasons with the all-star team, the LA Ri-ettes. Photo: Marshall Garlington
Huff & Puff Captain Biography
Team Co-Captain: Sly Foxx
Sly Foxx began her journey with LA Derby Dolls in 2011 when she received an email about open Fresh Meat tryouts. Although it was one of the most terrifying experiences of her life, it was also one of the most exhilarating, and she fell in love with the sport instantly. Sly has had the honor of skating with her dear home team. Fight Crew, for 6 years, and 1 fulfilling season with the All-Star Ri-Ettes. Photo: Grant Palmer
Pacific North Fresh
Pacific North Fresh is a wildly fun group of skaters mostly from the Pacific Northwest! We also have a few friends from Texas and California. We love to spend our time kicking it at the skate park learning all the new tricks and working on our handstands! We’re new to Jantastic but we’ve all been skating for years and are excited to compete against the best!
Pacific North Fresh Captain Biography
Team Captain: Tara Hoedown
Ride or die derby pretty much sums it up. This isn’t a lifestyle, it’s life. Over the last 8 years I’ve done it all: a veteran home team and all-star skater for Tilted Thunder Rail Birds, league coach, RollerCon coach, and a fearless leader. I’m excited to lead this team of awesome skaters into battle and have a ton of fun. Can’t wait to rep the PNW (and friends!) in Jantastic! Photo: Danny Ngan
Southwest Smackdown is an all-star mash up team comprised of A-level skaters from across the western region of the United States. This year will be Southwest’s 3rd consecutive year competing at Jantastic. Last year, Southwest Smackdown ended the tournament in 3rd place and are looking forward to pushing themselves even harder this year.
Southwest Smackdown Captain Biography
Team Captain: Hella Rude
Hella Rude is a veteran skater with the Arizona Derby Dames. She started Roller Derby in March of 2011. She currently is a Blocker/Jammer for the Runaway Brides, has played 4 consecutive seasons with the AZDD HotShots, and is one of the head trainers for AZDD. She is honored to have Southwest selected again to participate in Jantastic 2018! Photo: Heyooooo
The Super Sweet Banked Team was formed in 2016 to take on the undefeated perennial powerhouse, My Little Ponies, at RollerCon X. Having newly added the banked track to the convention for their 10 year anniversary, the timing was candy-coated for the unveiling of this new mixed super team donning gold shimmer and sparkles. Later shortened to Super Sweet, the team is a mix of top tier skaters from highly ranked banked and flat track programs all over the United States.
This powerhouse team, affectionately known as the Sweeties, has only faced one opponent and emerged victorious in both battles. With a 2-0 record after their two-time wins over the Jantastic reigning champs, Super Sweet is ready to take it to the bank and battle for the trophy against new and formidable opponents.
These bitraxual skaters are excited to soak up the sunshine in San Diego and play at the highest level of banked track roller derby. They may be dressed in gold sparkle, but don’t let their sugary appearance fool you. They have a sweet tooth for WINNING and are ready to leave with the sweetest prize of all, the Jantastic Invitational trophy.
Super Sweet Captain Biography
Team Captain: Tsunami
Tsunami is a bitraxual skater with the San Diego Derby Dolls. She has been an active member of the roller derby community for nearing 10 years. She skates for the banked track All Stars, The Wildfires, and helped coach the Derby Doll’s juniors to a first place victory at Battle on the Bank in 2017! She is a powerful blocker with fancy footwork who enjoys the finer things in life, including glitter, donuts, and Coca-Cola. She is excited to lead Team Super Sweet at Jantastic in 2018!
Team Bitraxual is an all-star team of skaters with high-level banked track experience, and most have derby dual citizenship! We play for the love of the sport, but don’t think that makes us any less competitive! Name your surface, we’ll play some roller derby.
Team Bitraxual Captain Biography
Team Captain: Helen Killer
Helen Killer started playing roller derby in 2011 at 12 years old. She skated banked track with the LA Junior Derby Dolls for 4 years until transferring to Angel City Junior Derby to try flat track. She spent two seasons on the Angel City Juniors All Star team until aging out. After aging out she made it on the Angel City Derby travel team and currently skates with the Rocket Queens. Photo: Meeno Photo
The Not So Ancient Aliens
Team Not So Ancient Aliens proposes that alien visitations have occurred around the globe, and cites as evidence various records of current abductions, visitations and other conspiracies. Our teammates were given galactic knowledge by a star god; the Visitor from Orion’s Belt (or “being from the sky”) is symbolized with a headdress that is said to resemble a modern Derby helmet; and we hold in our possession ancient text that the Time Traveler was a Jammer who came to Earth on a unicorn which is suggested to have been a metaphor for a spaceship. We come to take over…..one jam at a time.
The Not So Ancient Aliens Captain Biography
Team Captain: Elizabitch Taylor
Skating since a child, Roller Derby Queen since 2009 with the Arizona Derby Dames, Elizabitch Taylor #420 knows how to work a crowd! Skating with the Championship Team The Runaway Brides and on our National Team, The Hot Shots!
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