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!
The girls of GRRRLS* can skate want to invite you to the GRRRLS* Skate Fest in September 2016 in Bielefeld, Germany! For three days, from friday 16th to sunday 18th, there will be action on and around the ‘Kesselbrink’!
With the project they want to question social certainties and break constraints, so that people can live and love independently. They are working as a self-organised group since 2014 that organizes events and supports / practices emancipatory girl*/women* work by skateboarding.
Again and again they noticed many young girls* and women* that want to experience skate- and longboarding and they wanted to promote/support that! They see their work as an educational work and believe that sport – as socialization experience – is an important approach of youth and adult education and a good way to work against gender stereotypes and to reduce them. They love to combine the practice of skating and the theory of questioning gender roles, to create new images and role models.
Like at their first Skate Fest 2015 they want to focus this year again on a showcase of all different disciplines (we can offer Street, a wooden BMX park, Vert Ramp, Longboard Dancing and Freestyle) and not in a competition orientated contest. It is their goal to give female skaters more visibility and also a safe place to push their limits and also to overcome the fear to skate in public — True to the motto The important thing is not winning but taking part! The GRRRLS* will also organize the mini fun contest again to get all skill levels and skaters from skateboarding and longboarding together and have a good time. They can look back with such pleasure on a perfect weekend with 35 skaters, 45 workshop participants and over 600 visitors and can’t wait for september to come!
On the last day everything will be about learning how to skate. The Skate Fest will offer different skate workshops for skateboarding and longboarding with experienced instructors for different skill levels.
All girls* and women*, lesbians, queers, trans*people, intersex-people, butches, dykes and femmes are welcome!
30 free accommodations will be available, register for Showcase, Mini Fun Contest and overnight accommodation until 31th of August to firstname.lastname@example.org
// Day 1 – Friday, September 16, 2016
Skater’s BBQ (all participants are welcome)
// Day 2 – Saturday, September 17, 2016 (public)
– Skatepark (Streets, Wood Park, Vert)
– Longboard Dancing + Freestyle
Mini Fun Contest
After Show Party at Gegenüber
// Day 3 – Sunday, September 18 2016
Workshops for Beginner (longboard and skateboard)
Open skate session at the Kesselbrink
Have fun everyone, skate safe and enjoy!
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!