• GRRRLS* Skate Fest 2016 in Bielefeld

    The girls of GRRRLS* can skate want to invite you to the GRRRLS* Skate Fest in September 2016 in Bielefeld, Germany! For three days, from friday 16th to sunday 18th, there will be action on and around the ‘Kesselbrink’!

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    With the project they want to question social certainties and break constraints, so that people can live and love independently. They are working as a self-organised group since 2014 that organizes events and supports / practices emancipatory girl*/women* work by skateboarding.

    Again and again they noticed many young girls* and women* that want to experience skate- and longboarding and they wanted to promote/support that! They see their work as an educational work and believe that sport – as socialization experience – is an important approach of youth and adult education and a good way to work against gender stereotypes and to reduce them. They love to combine the practice of skating and the theory of questioning gender roles, to create new images and role models.

    Like at their first Skate Fest 2015 they want to focus this year again on a showcase of all different disciplines (we can offer Street, a wooden BMX park, Vert Ramp, Longboard Dancing and Freestyle) and not in a competition orientated contest. It is their goal to give female skaters more visibility and also a safe place to push their limits and also to overcome the fear to skate in public — True to the motto The important thing is not winning but taking part! The GRRRLS* will also organize the mini fun contest again to get all skill levels and skaters from skateboarding and longboarding together and have a good time. They can look back with such pleasure on a perfect weekend with 35 skaters, 45 workshop participants and over 600 visitors and can’t wait for september to come!

    On the last day everything will be about learning how to skate. The Skate Fest will offer different skate workshops for skateboarding and longboarding with experienced instructors for different skill levels.

    All girls* and women*, lesbians, queers, trans*people, intersex-people, butches, dykes and femmes are welcome!

    30 free accommodations will be available, register for Showcase, Mini Fun Contest and overnight accommodation until 31th of August to grrrlscanskate@gmx.de

    Follow them on social media for updates! Check their Facebook & Instagram accounts plus the Facebook event HERE!

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    Schedule:

    // Day 1 – Friday, September 16, 2016

    Skater’s BBQ (all participants are welcome)

     

    // Day 2 – Saturday, September 17, 2016 (public)

    Grrrls*-Skate session

    Showcase

    – Skatepark (Streets, Wood Park, Vert)

    – Longboard Dancing + Freestyle

    Mini Fun Contest

    After Show Party at Gegenüber

     

    // Day 3 – Sunday, September 18 2016

    Workshops for Beginner (longboard and skateboard)

    Open skate session at the Kesselbrink

     

    Have fun everyone, skate safe and enjoy!

     

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  • Vans Park Series – Results, review & photos!

    Yesterday July 26th the Vans Park Series took place in Huntington Beach, California. The inaugural Vans Park Series establishes the premier global points ranking system for Men’s and Women’s in the park category, so the top 10 qualifiers from yesterday out of the 33 riders invited from all over the world are going to Malmo, Sweden for the World Championship.

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    Ready? Patrick O’Dell photo.

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  • LGC Greece’s first Girls Meet & Longboard Workshop!

    Longboard Girls Crew Greece is a small team of girls who mostly want to have fun riding and inspire other girls to join. Some of us have been skating for longer and some are in their very first steps… That said we thought we had to organize our first workshop to show how easy is to ride and that anyone can join the crew !

    So, as part of a local collaboration with a festival in Thessaloniki – STAMP Festival – we organised on Go Skateboarding Day (June 21) our first official Longboarding Workshop with the help of our local crew ‘Salunatics’ and using the equipment (longboards & protection gear) lent to us by the local sports center ‘WE’!

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  • S*pin Weekend #1

    In the end of april some of Germany’s dancing & freestyle longboard girls met up in Bielefeld, Germany to dedicate a whole weekend of skating together and having a great time – the first little S*pin-Weekend!

    S*pin is Maria Arndt’s carrer project that has now become is a real life project! (don’t you love when that happens?). S*pin not only is a magazine emphasising women but also part of a movement of women supporting women.

    You can read the full article HERE and make sure to follow them on their Youtube, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram channels! Fresh content every day of women longboarding worldwide.

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    All photos by Maria Arndt.

     

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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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