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!
Welcome to the LBA x LGC S.S.S. Hunt! Longboard Atlanta and Longboard Girls Crew is working together to bring you a fun scavenger hunt at Piedmont Park and the Beltline area. But FIRST! We’ll do a LGC Open movie showing before the festivities at Plaza Theater on Ponce de Leon Ave Ne near Highlands Ne
This scavenger hunt is open to the public and not restricted to just Longboard Atlanta members! Invite your friends and family. Everyone can participate, no skill level required. The point of this scavenger hunt is to bring everybody together for a day of skate and some fun times. I also encourage you to bring out a female friend who skates. I know you’re out there!
With your own camera (camera phone is sufficient), you and your team will skate around certain areas of Atlanta that we will map out for you to complete a list to earn points. Upload the pics/vid on your instagram and tag #LBAhunt2015 and your team name so we can tally your points. If you don’t have an instagram account, you should! It’s 2015. If you feel like it, you can make one for the scavenger hunt.
Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams with the most points. Participants can sign up in either teams of 2-5. It’s 10$ to participate in the scavenger hunt. You must have a board and helmet (safety!) If you’d like to register your team before hand, please message Possala Wang.
9:00am: Movie Starts! Meet at Plaza Theater and head upstairs.
11:00am: Meet at Piedmont Park for shreddage =D Registration starts
11:30am: Skaters set loose!
1:30pm: Skaters return to tally points up
2:30pm: Award Ceremony
Register on the Facebok event here and check all updates. Have fun everyone!
The French OPEN premiere is ready and its a day full of activities… Get ready!
We will start at 4.00pm at the Parc de Parilly to meet, skate and have some group fun. We’ll be at Côté monuments aux morts. Valeria Kechichian, LGC Director and OPEN rider along with many of the LGC France riders will be there. We will have test boards so if you don’t owe one, don’t worry at all, just come. We’ll play games and have fun things prepared so don’t miss it!
After the screening we will give away a board from our sponsor Secoa Longboards and one of the beautiful drawing from Lna Morandi. Check out her amazing art! Also, some drinks will be served to end the night the best way possible.
In case you haven’t seen it, here’s OPEN’s trailer and a 15 min video with extracts of the full movie… we promise epicness!
Click here to join the Facebook event and all updates.
See you all there! Abientot!