The annual FUBU (For Us By Us) Girls gathering happened last weekend in Canada. A rad event created by our girl Cindy Zhou to get girls together and encourage them to skate. Clinics, games and smiles all around. Despite the weather, these ladies (and Nuss) made the best out of it. Enjoy this beautiful recap filmed & edited by Jonathan Nuss, one of us.
Make sure to follow Skate Invaders & Toronto Girls Longboarding for rad updates and events. Endless thanks to the scene shakers and everyone who’s investing time in growing the scene and the ladies in it. Love!
Duchess Ride is a new, all-girls non-profit based out of Vail Valley, Colorado. Founded by a group of women with rebellious spirits, altruistic hearts, and a lofty ambition:
to inspire all girls to work together to progress in every aspect of their lives.
The girls behind Duchess Ride have got what it takes to DO MORE. With two local fundraisers under their boards, these girls are prepping for the final Tenacious Trick: a 300 mile skateboarding trek from Santa Barbara, CA to the Mexico Border. Families & friends, sponsors, and individuals are invited to meet up and skate with them at any point during the trip.
Duchess Ride’s mission is to cultivate tenacity in young women through participation and progression in board sports.
The motivation to start something significant came when the founders got together on a chair lift in the Vail Valley during a radical day of shredding. While discussing their past and future paths, the founders realized that what they are experiencing now is simply not something they had growing up. There was a lack of empowered women to look up to and to receive advice and guidance from. The Duchess Ride women are looking to fill that role.
Their pilot program begins this winter (2016) on Beaver Creek mountain. There will be 2 sessions, each spanning 6 weeks. The program will incorporate mentorship and board progression, one day a week on snow, and one off. The target age group is 10-12 year old girls who are currently boarders, with no restrictions on skill. Hopes are that with the success of the pilot season on snow, Duchess Ride will be ready to implement the mentor program in summer 2016 for two more sessions incorporating surfing and skateboarding.
There seems to be a buzz these days about female skaters in their 20’s wanting to get a new, younger generation of girls on boards. Duchess Ride believes that this generation of women is finally discovering their voice and an understanding that they can do anything they put their minds to, including the tough stuff. But it is just the beginning! The four founders of Duchess Ride dove into the idea of this “buzz” and developed the lessons they want to teach to the younger generation of girls: that, “you can start something new, hard, scary, and continue to progress no matter where you come from and how old you are.”Duchess Ride consists of all snowboarders, two of which surf and one that skates. These titles though, don’t mean much to Duchess Ride. They are the first to admit their lack of skill outside of snowboarding, but also first to recognize that it won’t take long to fix, “sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.” (Adventure Time)
Their program is based on three progress-oriented attributes: tenacity, creativity, and crewistence, a word they coined to go beyond our common understanding of team. “We knew we wanted to do something that scares all of us individually but that we could accomplish together. Trust me none of us could make this happen without the others. It sounds hard but we have been training 3 times a week and with the support from each other and a tenacious attitude I think we got this!” -Claire from Duchess Ride.
“Girls that are tenacious are girls that are willing to fight for their dreams… and what’smore important than following your dreams?”
Anyone can help support Duchess Ride and if you’re looking for an upcoming adventure, skate PCH with them for one mile or 300, from Santa Barbara to the border of Mexico starting October 10th.
There are numerous ways you can help out ranging from passing out flyers, to skating, and or spreading the word.Duchess Ride is so grateful to the local Vail Valley Community, including individuals, companies, and other non-profits (SOS Outreach, Vail Valley Youth Foundation, and Girl Powher), whom have been gracious in donating and supporting Duchess Ride’s fundraising efforts around town. Sponsors include Never Summer Industries, Arbor Skateboards, Bern Unlimited, and Thule.The 300 mile skate trek is their opportunity to raise the funds needed to launch their upcoming 2016 mentor program. If you’d like to join them for the skate or donate please visit www.duchessride.org
If you or your company would like to support Duchess Ride please contact email@example.com for sponsorship information.Girls interested in joining the program contact Claire Altenau at Claire@duchessride.org.
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!
GirlsGoneFast is a new media outlet for female athletes founded and operated by a group of female skaters, longboarders, and snowboarders spread across the United States. They are looking forward to providing a mix of media for your entertainment and inspiration.
Their community debuts with the #shetour2k15. Ten girls get in the van for a California skate adventure up the west coast from Southern California through San Francisco to Portland and on to Maryhill. They are supported by one brave skater-homie to do the majority of the filming and photography and post production will be done by the riders and/or sponsoring companies.
As largely unsponsored athletes, the girls are depending on the success of their GoFundMe campaign to bring this event to life. Meeting regularly in cyberspace, the sheriders have done a remarkable job putting together this event in a short amount of time.
Originally slated as a road trip to the Maryhill She-Ride, the girls are amped to receive and provide the inspiration that comes from a band of ladies getting together to do things ladies don’t normally do, like skateboard down mountain roads. The She-Ride usually runs at a deficit as the past 3 years have not yet produced enough female downhillers to turn a profit, but Deano of the Maryhill Ratz appreciates the lady stoke the non-competitive event creates among the female skaters and has gone a long way to provide this fun-filled and stress-less weekend for women.
Due to some forces of mother-nature, the Maryhill Ratz’ She-Ride weekend (August 15-16) has been opened up to boys and groms and geezers of all shapes and sizes as a fundraiser for the Wolfe Family. The Wolfe Family lives on-property and are longtime supporters of all the Maryhill events. Their home was recently destroyed by two fires. Come join us for miles and miles of sweet curves at the infamous Maryhill August 15 & 16, 2015.
The She-Riders are happy to support the family that has supported downhill skateboarding in their backyard as much as the next bloke, but we are still giving it our all to encourage female skaters to join us this year and next.
Plans are in the works for a full-blown, ladies-only Maryhill She-Ride in 2016, so stay in touch with GirlsGoneFast for a year full of adventures including a road trip to this year’s freeride, skating and snowboarding on their home turfs.
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