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!
Kanya Sesser is a true inspiration. The 23 year old was born without legs in Thailand and was abandoned by her parents on the steps of a Buddhist Temple. After being raised by monks for a few years and being shuffled back and forth between foster homes, she was adopted by an American family. Not one to feel sorry for herself, Kanya was determined to live out the American dream, despite her disability. Not only does she fully function without the use of prosthesis or a wheel chair, but she surfs, skateboards, dances, and participates in a variety of action sports. She is also a motivational speaker and model.
“Even though I have no legs there’s nothing I can’t do. I’m blessed for all I have, that’s all that matters”
Next level inspiration, thank you Kanya! Video via Young&Reckless.
Two years ago I had a dream.
It was a dream that involved challenges and proving a (personal) point. It was a pursuit of happiness and a curiosity for stepping outside of the comfort zone. It was several dreams boiling into one. I started that dream with writing these ‘Catching the Dream as a Newbie’ articles. They weren’t many and it’s been two years already. But in the end; I made it.
I caught that dream, which was to go to Hawai’i and embrace the surfculture. The skating part was pretty much nonexistant at that point, but I had no idea where it would eventually lead me. A year after the latest post, ‘Catching the Dream as a Newbie Part 2′, I actually found myself where I started, in Norway. And this is where I am now and have been for the past year and a half. And man oh man, have I been skating ever since. And I’m not a newbie anymore!
Once I stepped my foot back on viking soil, I was beyond determined. And I went for it, and it went down(hill). In my earlier articles, I mention fear, making ugly appearances in how I approach things. It’s still around, it’s not something that goes away, but you can learn how to use it as a tool for motivation. You come to a point where you get sick of being stopped by a notion that probably isn’t reality. There is just too much fun to be had, without it anyways.
So once again, I found myself moving to a new city, not knowing anyone who skated or where to find them. But I just started looking and I found them. Within a month of my arrival I had tons of new bruises and rashes. Meeting new people who showed me different spots and techniques. They are now some of my closest friends and competitors.
Within two months I skated my first outlaw and within three months I had skated in a national competition. A year after that, I skated an international competition, across the globe. After my first season I was voted Norwegian female Downhill Skater of the year. When I started my journey, I did nooot know all of this would happen. But it couldn’t have happened unless I actually just, Did It!
There is a difference in dreaming it and actually doing it.
Which has been the philosophy of the articles.
Even though I’ve struggled with insecurities and basically, not having the balls to do what I secretly really wanted to do. I would have regretted it. I don’t want to become a complacent 90 year old woman who would look back at certain unfullfilled desires, that I at least didn’t give a try. And I know there are a lot of you who’ve had the same thought. And it is only now, at this moment, where you can do something about that.
At this point, I’m not the best and I’m not fastest. But I made it, and having a ball doing it. I have been smitten by the longboard bug and it’s still rolling strong. In between then and now, besides scratching my skating-itch, other dreams have been planted and are starting to sprout. The ones that involve skating, also include sharing it with others around me.
I have been fortunate to be able to teach others how to skate as a skate instructor for a season. I’ve joined a team who organized the first World Cup in Norway the past season and hope to continue on with that. I’ve tried my best to involve more women in the norwegian scene and hopefully can include anyone from abroad too. I hope to be rolling for a long time, by myself and with others.
Skating has brought me closer to myself. It has strengthened me, mentally and psycially. We all have to start somewhere. But also having a desire or dream (big or small) and actually accomplishing it, has shown me how capable I am. Making me realize that I have the ability to change and become the person I really want to be. It’s good to blow your own mind sometimes too. In the end, make room for what you find is pure fun. Because when you have fun, you will regret nothing and you learn. Never stop learning!
Always skate with a helmet and hold your lane!
We’ve been supporting Skateistan for a long time now. Promoting the movement, the movie and hosting the Spanish premieres for Skateistan The Movie: Four Wheels and a Board in Kabul in Madrid and Barcelona. Now it’s time to go a step further and become a Citizen of Skateistan:
Edited by renowned filmmaker Ty Evans (with whom we just shot our Bouygues ad) and featuring Skateistan’s community of students and staff, alongside legendary skaters Tony Hawk, Jamie Thomas, and Mimi Knoop.
They aim to rise 100.000$ in a month and we know that money will be put to it’s best use, so let’s keep Skateistan rolling!
The movement #covertheathlete launched this awesome video exposing some of what’s wrong with media coverage of female athletes.
Sexist commentary, inappropriate interview questions, and articles commenting on physical appearance not only trivializes a woman’s accomplishments, but also sends a message that a woman’s value is based on her looks, not her ability. And it’s much too commonplace.
Just like us, they demand media coverage that focuses on the athlete and her performance, not her hair, clothes or body.
We love the video -which already have more and a million and a half views- and the movement. Visit their web and ask the media to #CoverTheAthlete!