The lady behind Longboard Girls Crew Valeria Kechichian was the first longboarder to ever give a TEDx Talk last year during Madrid’s TEDx event organised by IE. The subject was Shaking up the Order and her Talk ‘We Ride The Shift‘ on society, women and why we do what we do here through LGC received amazing feedback from all around the world. This year she was invited by the organisation team to do an interview to use as a promotional video for this year’s TEDx event themed Why Not? We think it feats perfectly with our values.
Check Valeria out explaining what the concept Why Not? means to her and how she believes fear holds us back from achieving our true potential, how society works following rules that someone else created for us and what we achieve when we break free from them.
Some of our favourite quotes:
“We’re real women, all shapes, sizes, color and religion doing something we love, gender-label free”
“When I started defying those rules that someone else created for us to have us under control I realised one thing: that it was all a lie”
“It took some time and many experiences to realize that we’re not meant to live like that. We think we’re free but we’re not. Mental slavery is a strong force, and we actually do that to ourselves”
“Fear is the best way to control people. We have fear of being different, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of what others may think. Not only we control ourselves with these but we control everyone around us”
“If anyone does something different or is daring to challenge the established we criticize them fiercely, even with close friends and family members. This applies to work, personal or social decisions. We judge absolutely everything and say what’s right or wrong according to the rules someone else created for us and that actually make our lives miserable”
If you’re in Madrid don’t miss this years’ TEDxIEMadrid event on June 2nd in Madrid’s Google Campus. All info HERE! You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to be updated on everything.
After the interview Valeria also taught the IE staff how to longboard! They all stepped out of their confort zone and tried something new. We think they did great. Check it out!
WHAT HAVE YOU TRIED LATELY FOR THE FIRST TIME? Tell us in the comments!
We are stoked to team up with BTFL longboards! A brand of complete boards made for girls.
BTFL (Beautiful) Longboards is a brand that provides boards with specific shapes and technical features that are made for girls and support our individual needs: Soft bushings, slimmer boards, high flex and high-quality materials. All BTFL boards are designed, developed and tested by girls for girls.
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!
Holy stoke! Girl Skate India is India’s first and largest platform to feature, connect and increase the number of female skateboarders in India. Last January they organized their first Tour with 12 girls from around the world hosted by Atita Verghese -India’s first female skateboarder- to skate through the country, teach girls how to skate and build ramps for the future. Whoa.
The world premiere of the video will take place at the end of April in:
BANGALORE – PARIS – MELBOURNE – BERLIN – LIEGE – COPENHAGEN – MARSEILLE -TEL AVIV. We can’t wait!
Music / Rendez-Vous
Camera/Edit: Virginia Fernandes
This is insane. Our very own Longboard Girls Crew Poland Ambassador Laura Godek has been named by Forbes Magazine one of the “30 under 30 in Europe” people of the year!! This exclusive list is made by Forbes Magazine and chooses among thousands of applications the top 30 Young Leaders, Inventors and Brash Entrepreneurs of Europe.
Check her feature in Forbes Magazine HERE.
Laura Co-Founded LYO Food, a company that develops freeze-dried bio food. Thanks to modern technology and close cooperation with nutrition specialists, they developed optimally balanced meals of minimal weight and maximal nutritional value with no preservatives or artificial additives. Among their products they have fruits, powders and full meals, just freeze-dried. They don’t loose any natural vitamins and minerals and you can take them anywhere. We specially use the fruits and meals when we’re traveling or hiking outdoors, as the fruits are the perfect snack and they taste awesome.
To find out more about LYO Food and their amazing products check their web out!
After the Forbes list was announced Laura was invited to Polish TV shows to talk about LYO Food and her achievements. Of course, she mentioned she’s an avid longboarder and they even featured footage of her skating. Seriously, how rad is this?
We’re so happy for these all. Laura, we couldn’t be prouder. What an amazing role model for women worldwide!
As we always say: Dream big, work harder x