Yesterday we ran across this amazing video and initiative happening in Madhya Pradesh, a small village in India, where surprisingly the largest skateboarding park of the country is located: The Janwaar Castle. The purpose of the Janwaar Castle Community Organization is to uplift the lives of the villagers in Janwaar, especially those of the Janwaar children through skateboarding.
A sport which has long been identified with urban neighbourhoods across the world, is being used in a village in central India as a trigger for social change. Ulrike Reinhard – a German national – established a skate park in Janwar, Madhya Pradesh in February 2015, with the help of a few Indian and international skateboarding organisations inspired by Skateistan.
The region to which the village belongs is notorious for being one of the most socially and economically backward areas of the country. Untouchability, gender inequality, illiteracy, and alcoholism are rampant here. Through the voices of Ulrike and the children of the village, the film documents how the skate park is gradually changing the social fabric of the village and addressing some of its most deep rooted issues.
With the simple rule “Girls first” they are promoting gender equality in a region where this is not a popular thing.
We love seeing more and more initiatives like this. Skateboarding is changing lives for the better around the world in regions where they don’t even have concrete. We can always do something. Get involved in your local community or create something from scratch. We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for!
To get involved or find out how you can help Janwaar Castle click HERE. They need us!
In case you haven’t heard the news, Kyle Wester broke the Speed World Record on a skateboard by reaching 143.89 Km/h (89.41mph). The previous record was held at 130.63 Km/h (81.17mph). Check the epic footage!
Funny this came out this past week as this weekend Red Bull is hosting in Canada an invite-only event called Top Speed Challenge. The current IDF Women’s World Champion Emily Pross is over there and yesterday reached 116.19 Km/h (72.2mph).
Will the record be broken this weekend? Will it be Emily breaking it? Is Spoky (Marie Bougourd, Kyle’s wife and a fast DH rider herself ) be the one challenging her husband? Emily threw a nice hint in one of Marie’s post about Kyle’s achievement.
Haha. This above. So yeah, who’s next?! Keep pushing your limits and setting new standards!
Soooo, summer events in Europe are almost a wrap! Much fun was had, friends were made and some skin was lost in European concrete. Many girls have been posting their raw runs, practise lines or new tricks and we’re stoked on all the progression we’ve whiteness these months. Go girls! This is is a Little edit from LGC German rider Lou Shelley during KNK in Slovenia shot by Brandon DesJarlais. Keep going Lou!
Where have you been this summer? What events were you at? Tell us and keep shredding ladies!
We loved this little edit from our friends in Italy and their crew The North! They took a skate trip to Rimini and skated day & night and flat & slopes.
We love these videos of the crews around the world getting stoked, learning and just being together. Keep up the good work, ladies!
We get so many emails of people asking what board is more suitable for their kids that we’re stoked to finally have this video.
BTFL Boards review on their Kids Longboard Range, the models Mia and Amy. Super soft bushings, narrow width, shorten length & light-weighted boards. The trucks are mounted drop-through for an easier push.
We’re stoked to see brands thinking of and producing gear for all skate audiences. Good job BTFL!