• Florence Open Skate 2017 – 40 Years of Skateboarding

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    Exactly 40 years ago – in 1977 – a group of youngsters in Florence discovered the existence of skatebord, learned how to skate and chose as their favourite home spot the Viale Poggi. Today like 40 years ago, on June 4th, skaters will be again riding Viale Poggi during the Florence Open Skate “the Longskate event with the most beautiful view in the world”. Once again this year Fortezza Asd, the longskate association of Florence, is organizing the event which has become a “cult” among the longskate events in Italy. This year’s will be the 6th edition.

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    Riders of any kind and age coming from every part of Italy and also from Europe take part at the event which sees also the presence of a lot of girls. A day of shredding all together in a relaxing and festive atmosphere, in a location famous all over the world for the amazing view of Florence. The event is sponsored by the Comune di Firenze and by many italian and european producers and distributors of longskate.

    There will be also a competitive SLIDE JAM for adults, girls and grommets. A special area will be dedicated to Longskate Dancing.

    Watch the video of the previous edition at the end of the article.

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    Giusto 40 anni -nel 1977- fa alcuni ragazzi fiorentini scoprirono l’esistenza dello skateboard, impararono ad andarci e ben presto elessero il viale Poggi come uno il loro home spot preferito. Oggi come allora, il 4 giugno, gli skaters saranno ancora una volta sul Viale Poggi per il Florence Open Skate, “l’evento di Longskate con il panorama più bello del mondo”. Fortezza Asd organizza anche quest’anno il Florence Open Skate -ormai alla sesta edizione- è diventato un vero e proprio “classico” tra gli eventi di Longskate in Italia.

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    I riders arrivano da varie parte d’Italia e d’Europa sia per fare skate in una location spettacolare, il Piazzale Michelangelo, la collina di Firenze con un panorama unico sulla città sia per po’ la piacevole atmosfera rilassata e festaiola. “Girare insieme”,  grandi, piccoli e tantissime ragazze! Non mancherà  la parte competitiva con una SLIDE JAM; Il Florence Open Skate ha il Patrocinio del Comune di Firenze ed il supporto di molti prestigiosi marchi del settore che premieranno i migliori e più fortunati atleti; saranno presenti anche alcuni dei migliori artigiani italiani che metteranno a disposizione dei riders le loro creazioni per test e comparazioni. Uno spazio del percorso sarà dedicato ai neofiti ed agli specialisti del “Dancing”.

    Questo il video dell’edizione 2016:

     

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  • LGC Netherlands’s Marte Bosma – Open Season

    Dutch Ambassador Marte Bosma from LGC The Netherlands spent some days in Mannheim where she had the chance to skate and film with Joseph Koffi-gue and Philippe Koffi-gue. Check out the video below! Also, we’re stoked she’s now riding our fav dirty hippies brand Dasilva. Go team!

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    All style & grace. Photo Joseph Koffi

     

     

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  • LGC INDIA’s OPEN Premieres & Workshops!

    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.
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    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.

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    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.

    Ishtar Backlund.

    Endless thanks to:

    LGC Indian Ambassador Kunjika Singh
    Ben Reid-Howells and Oscar Avila
    Akerberg, UWC MC Triveni Office.
    All photos by Oscar Ávila Åkerberg. Thank you!
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  • OPEN premiere in Zurich photo review!

    Some months ago (ok, 6 months ago) we hosted with Skullcandy, 7SkyLife & Chixxs on Board the Swiss OPEN premiere in Zurich at the Skullcandy European HQ… and what a day we had!

    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!

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    Saying hi!

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    Tanja & me

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    Introductions

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    lovelies <3

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    Game time!

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    Muriel & Tanja laughing at me (not with me)

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    It started smooth

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    and then wheel crash happened

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    not-sustainable water bottles

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    oops

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    all for the crashes

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    and the smiles

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    getting dizzy before the switch race

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    they may or may not have ended up on the floor

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    Iuna Tinta’s exhibit layout

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    Beauty & Talent

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    The artist herself. Iuna Tinta!

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    some of her work on snowboards

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    we absolutely loved this piece!

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    skateboard

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    delicious cocktails right there

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    Some of my favorite people in the world right there. From left to right: Yuri from Nnim Clothing, me, Ingo and Stephan from Icone Longboards and Heiko from Concrete Wave Skateshop Cologne. Love!

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    Them all! <3

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    reunited after a LGC Camp! The Swiss girls made it

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    Tanja from Chixxs on Boards, Olympian snowboarder Nadja Purtschert, a guy who openly photo bombed most of our pictures and Thierry from Skullcandy

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    Yuri is gonna hate me for this but fuck it. Me leg-humping DJ Phil while Yuri is looking adorable

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    Them <3 Stephan & Ingo from Icone Longboards, Heiko from Concrete Wave, my friend Lucho Caputo with wife Carla & Chloe (in the tummy)

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    those dangerous, dangerous cocktails. Also, Heiko is funny.

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    With Thierry from Skullcandy. Cheers!

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    The Skullcandy crew! (and some intruders)

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    about to start the screening

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    Full house

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    at least they look entertained

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    note to photographer: good timing Fabrice!

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    Magic!

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    haha. I’ve seen OPEN at least 60 times by now.

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    Cami Best leaving everyone speechless!

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    Gina on screen

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    So happy after the screening, everyone loved it!

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    It’s a wrap! This was awesome, thank you all!

    Valeria KechichianValeria Kechichian


     

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  • Mom’s open letter to teenage boy at skatepark after teaching her 12 year-old daughter

    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.

    Skateboarder, longboard girls crew, skate like a girl, skateboarding, community, little girl, learning, cool, rad, strong, awesome, friends, skatepark, love, equality, gender, kind,

    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.

    Jeanean Thomas
    Cambridge

     

    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.

     

     

    Ps. We can’t wait to see the progress on Jeanean’s daughter!

     

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