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 #domore. With two local fundraisers under their boards, these girls are prepping for the final Tenacious Trick: a 300 mile trek from Santa Barbara, CA to the Mexican Border on skateboards. Sponsors, Groups of Families & Friends, and Individuals are invited to meet up and skate 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 from the four founders of DR getting together on a chair lift in the Vail Valley during a radical day of shredding pow with a group of healthy, happy, funny and kind ladies. 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 recieve advice and guidance from. Someone other than Mom. 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, but there is no restrictions on skill. Hopes are that with the success of the pilot season on snow, Duchess Ride will be ready to implement the montor program for two more sessions in summer of 2016 to incorporate surfing and skateboarding.
There seems to be a buzz these days about the 20-something female skaters to get a new, younger generation of girls on board. Duchess Ride believes that this generation of women is finally discovering our voice and an understanding that we can do anything we put our minds to, including the tough stuff. But it is just the beginning! Us four founders of Duchess Ride dived into the idea of this “buzz” and developed the lessons we 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 are all snowboarders, two of us are surfers, and one of us is skater. The first to admit their lack of skill in the sports outside of snowboarding.
Our program is based on three progress-oriented attributes: tenacity, creativity, and crewistence. 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!
“Girls that are tenacious are girls
that are willing to fight for their dreams…
and what’s more important than
following your dreams?”
Anyone can help support Duchess Ride, and if you’re looking for an upcoming adventure, skate the PCH with for one mile or 300. Santa Barbara to the border of Mexico starting October 10th 2015.
The girls are looking for helpful hands for simple tasks, like hanging flyers around town.
If you’d like to become an ambassador for Duchess Ride, please reach out via social media with #helpduchessride or
visit DuchessRide.org for other ways to get involved
The local Vail Valley community, including individuals and companies not much vested in snowboarding, have been gracious in donating to and supporting Duchess Ride’s fundraising efforts around town.
This 300 mile skate trek is their opportunity to raise the rest of the funds needed to unroll their mentor program. If you’d like to donate to their cause, please visit Duchess Ride’s GoFundMe page.
Colorado nonprofits like SOS: Outreach, the Vail Valley Youth Foundation – specifically their program Girl Powher, have been great to us here locally. Current un-official sponsors span a decent gap of all the sports. From protective headgear to skateboard and snowboard gear. Biking and hiking and anything else awesome.
So far, un-official Duchess Ride sponsors include: Never Summer Industries, Arbor Skateboards, Colorado Skateboards, Celtek, Bern Unlimited, Equilibrium, and Electric Visual.
If you or your company would like to support Duchess Ride or their journey down the coast of California, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship information.
Girls interested in the program can have their parent or guardian contact the program director Claire Altenau at Claire@duchessride.org. The target age group for Duchess Rides On-Snow pilot season in 2016 is 10-12 year olds.
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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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.
Our lovely LGC USA Ambassador and Contributor Rachel Bagels concluded her months of traveling around Australia & South East Asia in Philippines raddest event: Visayan Longboard Trilogy (VLT). This is a visual summary of her trip and experience, sharing runs with national and international riders in outstanding landscapes. Enjoy!