Longboard Girls Crew Australia‘s Gemma Holland flew over to Perth on November 2014 with Elissa Mah and the MC Crew and skated with the local crew at most of their locals.
She got the opportunity to skate fast with locals Dannelle Spenser and Tasha Graham. Looks like they enjoyed every moment of it!
We just discovered this movement called Boys’ Club. They just launched a video that left us speechless. This is their statement:
SKATEBORADING is commonly portrayed as a welcoming culture.
A movement that promote personal freedom and encourage creativity.
At the same time, we skaters have created a Boy’s Club, where sexism and homophobia is widely tolerated, sometimes even encouraged.
Our language, our ideals and our images all testify to that one same thing, we strive to preserve skateboarding as a masculine activity. Our rules and strategies result in an alienation of anything female or feminine. Often oppression is exercised against those who do not fit into our picture of a skateboarder.
We have the power to break this system, but amongst us “boys” there is virtually no discussion about what values we project.
We boys need to talk.
This video makes a powerful statement about sexism in skateboarding coming from a male point of view and we’re stoked on it. Many of the male skateboarding elite is featured in the video, almost as an accusation on their behavior towards women.
As we always say, sexism in skateboarding is a reflection of sexism in society. Let’s keep opening minds, educating and showing what skateboarding is really all about… that stoke that change our lives, gender-label free.
Below, some visual examples on how women rock on skateboards & longboards, in case anyone wondered… ;)
Thank you Maria Arndt for showing us this video!
LGC Colombia Ambassador Chela Giraldo traveled to Monterrey, Mexico to meet up with Tana and skate in the nearby canyons. Fun runs!
A few years ago, our contributor Soledad del Cañizo brought us a list of longboarding apps, as well as the realization that unlike other similar sports, longboarding wasn’t receiving as much attention on mobile markets. Most longboarding apps have been limited to geo-location apps that help track the course, but have the past few years been kinder to longboarding?
They’ve certainly become kinder to mobile, after all. According to the company behind mobile gaming portal Free Bingo Hunter, back in 2012, there were 1 billion smartphone users, but this number is expected to double by the end of this year. As of May 2015, the Google Play Store had 1.5 million apps and Apple’s App Store had a close 1.4 million as well. Are there treasures to be found for longboarders in the millions of apps? Here are three longboarding apps you might have missed:
1. Longboard Spots
One of the most difficult parts of traveling and longboarding is not knowing where you can actually skate. Longboard Spots solves the problem, providing users of the app with a catalogue of over 2000 different spots, contributed by a growing community. Users can also add their own spots, with a title, address, city, description, type, level, and an exact location on the map. While the app began as a longboarding app for the Netherlands, it’s actually become a great global longboarding resource.
2. Longboard Mapp
One of the newest apps to be developed for longboarders, Longboard Mapp allows users to track their route as they go for a ride. The app then uploads the information about the ride to its servers, making it available for other Longboard Mapp users worldwide. You can compare your rides with other users, as well as access information to other great routes in the area. The only downside is that since it was only released last month, the app is still a bit lacking in content.
3. E-Go Cruiser
Not really one for those who like to race downhill, the E-Go Cruiser is actually better suited for those who ride their longboards on their daily commutes. It’s an app for the special iPhone-controlled skateboard that lets you control the speed of your board and move safely to the side of the road when you need to take a call, and it also comes with various modes to help you navigate at night. It comes with a speedometer and travel distance tracker, as well as a torch light as well.
There’s still a rather limited support for longboard users in mobile markets, but the future looks promising for the sport. What kind of features would you like to see in the longboarding apps of the future?
LGC USA Ambassador Possala Wang fun little run at Michigan’s Mini Maryhill. This road looks fun!