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!
We’re so stoked on this… !!! Our very own Ishtar Bäcklund joined forces with super talented photographer and film-maker Maceo Frost to shoot a short film with Swedish rock band Tussilago‘s song ‘Watlz’ as the soundtrack in some of the most epic roads our eyes have seen so far. Ishti you’re amazing and your words are pure inspiration, Maceo you’re an artist and we can’t wait to work with you, Tussilago you rock and Norway you’re out of this world! Just.. WOWWW!
Stockholm based Maceo Frost (1990) spends his time directing short movies and documentaries. He comes from a family of artists, skaters, dancers and musicians which shows through the different layers of art culture and rhythm in his work.
In this short film ” Ishtar X Tussilago” Maceo explores the magic that cultivates from following your dreams.
“I make film because I want to inspire people to become a little bit more naive, Close their eyes to everything that stands in their way and dare to go for their vision. In the end, film to me is a reminder to never stop living life to the fullest.
World traveler Ishtar Bäcklund (1991) has since the age of 19 lived a nomadic life traveling the world with her skate board. She has found a way to express her curiosity towards life through her skate and art. “Following my passion has always been the truths way in life”.
“You should do what you believe in. Just follow that feeling. Everything else is a lie.”.- Ishtar
Tussilago is a new up and rising band from Stockholm, Sweden. With their debut album “Holy Train” we have together crated this short film documentary / Music video video for their song called “Waltz”, we hope you enjoy our excitement and stoke towards all the infinite goodness that exists out there!
Next Wednesday August 12 don’t miss a day filled with activities! It will start at 3pm where they will be hosting a skate session up at Mt. Tabor until 6pm.
By 7pm they will have a loaded BBQ, drinks, snacks, and a whole lot more in store ready for the screening. OPEN riders Marisa Nunez and Cindy Zhou will be present to give a recap of the film and answer any questions anyone might have about this amazing project.
With that being said, come join us for this event-filled day of fun with the Daddies Board Shop in Portland!
I’ve been laying in a German hospital bed in a city -that wasn’t in my skate trip schedule- for three days now. That’s the thing about skateboarding… It takes you to the most random places, hospitals included.
After the race was done and party was had my trip mates and I headed to Stuttgart. I was travelling with part of my skate family: German downhill rider, LGC Austria ambassador & my twisted sister Glori Kpusch; SkateHouseMedia & Landyatchz’s guru Pat Schep (he also happens to be one the of the best people in the scene) and All-American downhill rider, selfie lover and owner of the best wardrobe in downhill skateboarding Billy Bones.
Billy’s flight was departing from Stuttgart so hanging out the last day over there made sense. We hit the skatepark and I eat shit on my first line. Six hours later an ambulance was picking me up while my friends were trying to find a way to soothe my pain groans.
This was a special night for many reasons. Mostly cause it was our last night all together. The trip has been super fun and we all live in different countries. Despite being regular travelers we don’t know when we will hang out again.
So at that moment, when something like this happens and you realize all your short or medium term plans are crashed as well you can’t help but panic and think WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK FUCK THIS FUCKING SHIT WHAT THE FUCK ARGHHHH.
I got hospitalized in Stuttgart and got my MRI done. The doctors’ opinion would change every day and happily the diagnose got better for me and my knee. Surgery was no longer inevitable and despite the size and color of my knee I left the hospital thinking I would be back on board soonish than later.
During those days in the hospital I had to make the unavoidable call to my mom telling her “sit down, don’t panic for what I’m gonna say but I’ve been hospitalized in Germany for three days now” I was talking to her and I felt her concern and yes, a little anger. She couldn’t understand why I keep putting myself in these situations, she can’t understand why I couldn’t wait to recover to jump back on my board… she was so upset until I said “Mom, not being able to do this is what would kill me, living life in a couch watching TV would kill me faster than this”. And so she understood.
We are skateboarders. Despite our skills, we are skateboarders. We dream on being on a board as much as we can. We have something in our lives that fill so many gaps and provide us with so much joy that most of the times I wonder how other people live without something like this on theirs.
If five days in the hospital, nine months of rehab and some serious pain is the prize I have to pay for living life the way I do, for having the ridiculous moments of joy skateboarding and longboarding provide me, for meeting all the beautiful souls around the world I am lucky enough to run into and be able to reach people I would have never dreamed of, then I’ll pay double. I’ll pay whatever it takes. It’s all worth it.
One year later, I’m as recovered as I could be despite the permanent damage in my knee. I slowly started longboarding a couple of months after the accident and it took me 9 months to start skateboarding again. That first drop in was glorious. And scary. And awesome. I thought I’ve lost it but to be honest, it felt like I’ve never left.
Whatever you do in life, make sure it’s something you like cause in the end that’s what keeps us going. Skate safe & stay positive, it makes all the difference.
For Glori, Pat, Billy, Tina, Fee, Weizi, Juan Luis, Carol, Elena, Ben, Alon & Fede. This wouldn’t be a happy story if it wasn’t for them.
‘OPEN is the name and concept of the new Longboard Girls Crew (LGC) film directed by Daniel Etura. The movie features a diverse group of female longboarders hailing from 11 different countries who get together in one of the most talked about places on Earth: Israel.’
Thanks to our sponsors there will be a raffle on the night with lots of gear to give away!
When: Friday 31st July, Doors 8pm
Where: Rivoli Cinemas, Melbourne
Tickets: Free entry – Limited seats available
Check the Facebook event HERE!
If you would like to secure your seat, email openpremiereseating@gmail.
com with your full name.
Please only reserve a seat if you are available and attending the premiere.
If you have a reserved seat and are no longer able to attend the premiere, please inform us of the change via email – we don’t want anyone to miss out!
Our LGC Australia Ambassador and OPEN rider Jenna Russo will be there hosting the event.
Thanks to the sponsors that helped make this premiere happen: Vault Skate, Incus Skate Trucks, Twelve Board Store, XS Helmets, Sunset Skate Sessions, (…more tab).
SEE YOU THERE!