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.
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’!
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.
All photos by Maria Arndt.
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!