Longboard Girls Crew India‘s OPEN Premiere and Workshop had a pleasant start today. Five of us girls, skaters and photographers made a road trip to United World College, an IB high school up in the hills on a biodiversity reserve. We Made it just in time (India time that is).Mahindra United World College, UWC MC, is a community of 240 students from around the world, working to unite people and make education a force for peace and sustainability. A movement started in the 60s as a reaction to two World Wars and a Cold War, to bring youth together, often in remote settings, to live and learn together. Students at UWCs are serious about making positive change in the world, and engage in intense study, service-learning and project-based-learning. Today they learnt to longboard.
For the first time in the last two years of holding workshop and demos here in India, we saw a house full of only girls, waiting eagerly for us to start the premiere. The girls were from different parts of the world each with their own fascinating story, from year 1 and year 2 of the college. They showed much interest.
We started with the Ishtar x Tussilago music video which managed to charm the students and invite them to open their minds, Followed by the LGC Open movie. The movie made all the girls eyes lid up, and after we held a moment to answer questions and story telling. The girls even learned some new words this faithful day like gnarly, stoked, bombing hills or shredding to name a few.
Then we headed out to the basket ball court where we gave a demo and lessons to the curious and excited girls. They were quick learners. For many, it was as if they just discovered a new talent they didn’t know they had. In no time they were swooshing past each other having fun on the wheels, pushing themselves and the boards. A few boys from nearby villages who are taught on weekends by the school kids, also joined and learned to ride.Some of them were seeing a skateboard for the very first time in their lives. The vibes where amazing.Today we used the language of skateboarding to meet new people on a common ground. All of there amazing girls are all motivated and inspired to change the word for the better. Meeting likeminded people that also burn the same fire lid their trust more in believing in them selfs and also trusting them self being on the right path in life.What ever the passion is, the fire and loving energy is the same, that’s why we can connect, that’s why we can speak and laugh together. This is why it feels like we’ve met Long before today.
We are all here to change the world for the better. This is just the beginning.
Endless thanks to:LGC Indian Ambassador Kunjika SinghBen Reid-Howells and Oscar AvilaAkerberg, UWC MC Triveni Office.All photos by Oscar Ávila Åkerberg. Thank you!
We started the evening inviting everyone to join us for a Girls Meet, where as usual we introduced ourselves and right after started a super fun game-chain, including longboard tandem races and switch races after getting dizzy. We had so much fun!
After the games were done we started the aperitif with delicious Arab food and the exhibition of the amazing Artist Iuna Tinta while the ultra-famous DJ PHIL from Nnim Clothing was playing the best tunes. Iuna Tinta is an incredibly talented artist and you should definitely check her out! Jameson was also serving delicious cocktails. Not to brag but it was as good as it gets.
The OPEN screening was scheduled for 9pm, which started with a BIG thank you to everyone involved. Skullcandy for being sponsors of the movie, offering their house and arranging big part of the night. 7SkyLife also for sponsoring the movie and being a constant inspiration in Longboard Girl Crew’s evolution. Tanja from Chixxs on Board for helping us organize everything and always being so awesome. DJ PHIL, Yuri and the Nnim Clothing crew for liven up our night (without going Phil-crazy). The amazing photographer Fabrice Borgazzi for capturing the whole event with his beautiful photos (you’ll see them in a minute!). Our friends who came from close and some from so far away: Ingo & Stephan from Icone Longboards, Heiko from Concrete Wave Skateshop Cologne (big surprise!!!), our friend the Olympian snowboarder Nadja Purtschert and so many amazing women who skate, snow, surf, ski and live life to the fullest. THANK YOU for being there! It was such a magic night.
The screening was awesome and everyone was genuinely stoked on the movie and its message and really amazed by the Director Daniel Etura’s work. Bravo Daniel!
Some more party was had after the screening and we call it a night with our hearts filled with stoke and gratitude. Getting together like this and sharing these moments makes everything much more special, so thank you all!
Thanks again to photographer Fabrice Borgazzi for these beautiful photos. All photos by him. You rock Fabrice!
We’ve all been there and we’re not 12. Arriving to a skatepark full of guys who rip can be a bit intimidating, specially when you’re a female trying to learn. So when this mom from Ontario -Jeanean Thomas- arrived to her local skatepark with her daughter whiling to learn she faced this situation first hand. Read her open letter to see what happens next.
You’re probably about 15 years old, so I don’t expect you to be very mature or for you to want a little girl on your skate ramp for that matter.
What you don’t know is that my daughter has been wanting to skateboard for months. I actually had to convince her that skateboarding wasn’t for just for boys.
So when we walked up to the skate park and saw that it was full of teenaged boys who were smoking and swearing, she immediately wanted to turn around and go home.
I secretly wanted to go too because I didn’t want to have to put on my mom voice and exchange words with you.
I also didn’t want my daughter to feel like she had to be scared of anyone, or that she wasn’t entitled to that skate park just as much as you were.
So when she said, “Mom it’s full of older boys,” I calmly said, “So what, they don’t own the skate park.”
She proceeded to go down the ramp in spite of you and your friends flying past her and grinding rails beside her.
She only had two or three runs in before you approached her and said “Hey, excuse me …”
I immediately prepared to deliver my “She’s allowed to use this park just as much as you guys” speech when I heard you say,
“Your feet are wrong. Can I help you?”
You proceeded to spend almost an hour with my daughter showing her how to balance and steer, and she listened to you – a feat not attained by most adults.
You held her hand and helped her get up when she fell down and I even heard you tell her to stay away from the rails so that she wouldn’t get hurt.
I want you to know that I am proud that you are part of my community, and I want to thank you for being kind to my daughter, even though your friends made fun of you for it.
She left the skate park with a sense of pride and with the confidence that she can do anything, because of you.
As we always say, it’s the people, one by one, who’s changing the world. In the small gestures, in stories like this. To a world with more of this, please. It’s up to us.
Dear teenage boy at the skate park… pic.twitter.com/78ry5esoTa
— Jeanean Thomas (@JeaneanThomas) October 11, 2015
Ps. We can’t wait to see the progress on Jeanean’s daughter!
Next Wednesday August 12 don’t miss a day filled with activities! It will start at 3pm where they will be hosting a skate session up at Mt. Tabor until 6pm.
By 7pm they will have a loaded BBQ, drinks, snacks, and a whole lot more in store ready for the screening. OPEN riders Marisa Nunez and Cindy Zhou will be present to give a recap of the film and answer any questions anyone might have about this amazing project.
With that being said, come join us for this event-filled day of fun with the Daddies Board Shop in Portland!
‘OPEN is the name and concept of the new Longboard Girls Crew (LGC) film directed by Daniel Etura. The movie features a diverse group of female longboarders hailing from 11 different countries who get together in one of the most talked about places on Earth: Israel.’
Thanks to our sponsors there will be a raffle on the night with lots of gear to give away!
When: Friday 31st July, Doors 8pm
Where: Rivoli Cinemas, Melbourne
Tickets: Free entry – Limited seats available
Check the Facebook event HERE!
If you would like to secure your seat, email openpremiereseating@gmail.
com with your full name.
Please only reserve a seat if you are available and attending the premiere.
If you have a reserved seat and are no longer able to attend the premiere, please inform us of the change via email – we don’t want anyone to miss out!
Our LGC Australia Ambassador and OPEN rider Jenna Russo will be there hosting the event.
Thanks to the sponsors that helped make this premiere happen: Vault Skate, Incus Skate Trucks, Twelve Board Store, XS Helmets, Sunset Skate Sessions, (…more tab).
SEE YOU THERE!