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!
The annual FUBU (For Us By Us) Girls gathering happened last weekend in Canada. A rad event created by our girl Cindy Zhou to get girls together and encourage them to skate. Clinics, games and smiles all around. Despite the weather, these ladies (and Nuss) made the best out of it. Enjoy this beautiful recap filmed & edited by Jonathan Nuss, one of us.
Make sure to follow Skate Invaders & Toronto Girls Longboarding for rad updates and events. Endless thanks to the scene shakers and everyone who’s investing time in growing the scene and the ladies in it. Love!
We’re more than proud to finally present you Valeria Kechichian‘s TEDx Talk in Madrid. For those of you who don’t know Valeria Co-Founded and runs Longboard Girls Crew.
The theme of the event was “Shaking up the Order” and was perfectly organized by IE – Business School in Madrid. Valeria’s talk was “We Ride The Shift”. Please take 15 minutes to watch and hear our view on society, women, women in action sports, the absolute need for change and revolution. Also, some of Valeria’s personal story and struggles and how she has overcome many of these through skateboarding. Enjoy!
Some of the highlights of the talk:
“The thing is, if you grew up in a mainstream western education like me chances are that you have been taught what you need to do at every age, what they expect from us at every age… born, go to school, we’re all the same, we don’t focus in any particular gift we may have, we have to fit in, and since we are little we live in a society were the meanest wins.. the strongest and ruthless for boys and the prettiest and meanest for the girls”
“Some lose all mind and becomes soul, insane. Some lose all soul and become mind, intellectual. Some lose both and become accepted”
“When it comes to women, among many other things they make us chase these ideals that are impossible to achieve regarding youth, beauty and body shape. They make us think that our looks are more important than anything else we can offer to the world. We’re also often portrayed as trophies and highly objectified. The main message I get as a woman is DO NOT LOVE YOURSELF”.
“We are giving power to women not only through longboarding or skateboarding but through that feeling of stepping out of their comfort zones, doing something they never thought they would and that feeling affects your whole life. It gives you the empowering sense of freedom. For us, skateboarding is the tool. You chose your own”
They make us think that there are so few spots for women in action sports, in business, in politics or any field that’s male dominated that we had to fiercely fight between each other and compete for those few spots… when the truth was absolutely different all the way… we will only REALLY make it if we stick together
“Cause I believe that WE as women and US as a society have much bigger power and potential than what they want us to believe”
“With what we did in our sport, we’re inspiring women worldwide to use the same camaraderie forces and apply them in their own fields”
“It doesn’t matter what your background is or where you’re coming from.. whatever you’ve been through life, we can all work for change…. We should all work for change”
“It’s time to unlearn what we’ve been taught and start thinking out of the box. It’s time to shift”
“Today, the biggest revolution is love. Be revolutionary”
We want to thank each and everyone who made this event possible starting by the amazing staff of IE: Mercedes, Roger, Mica, Marine, Enrik, Rosario, Judy and everyone who dedicated long hours to make it happen. Endless thanks!
To all the athletes and photographers who gave us their photo to show our version of women by the following order:
1. Cami Best shot by Khaleeq Alfred
2. Lacey Baker shot by Mahfia.tv
3. Nadjia Purtshert shot by David Birri
4. Amanada Powell shot by Matt Kienzle
5. Korina Smirek shot by Jonathan Viey
6. Sina Candrian shot by Vanessa Andrieux
7. Kara Marbe shot by Ishtar Bäcklund
8. Alexandra Arendt shot by Christine Chau
A big and special thanks to sister Kim Woozy, Founder of Mahfia.tv for all your help, assistance and inspiration on this one. Love you sis, thanks forever.
To all my friends and family who flew over to Spain to be with me, asked for the day at work or missed class: Mom, Car, Fede, Elena, Coco, Pepe & Thierry. As said, it wouldn’t have been the same without you! And to everyone who was with me that day, sent their love and saw it via live-streaming: I love you so much!!
The rEVOLution started already. Let’s keep it rolling!
One of Europe’s raddest freeriders Lauris Rodriguez AKA La Guancha went to KNK and did her thing. Not only she won the Red Bull No Paws Down race but she showed, once again, her amazing freeride skills. Take a minute to enjoy some of her best moments of KNK 2015. Guancha eres enorme!!