Yesterday July 26th the Vans Park Series took place in Huntington Beach, California. The inaugural Vans Park Series establishes the premier global points ranking system for Men’s and Women’s in the park category, so the top 10 qualifiers from yesterday out of the 33 riders invited from all over the world are going to Malmo, Sweden for the World Championship.
Yuna Kang is one of those girls that inspire us. Her rad style, fearless attitude and trick dominance simple leave us in awe. Her Instagram feed is full with daily clips of new tricks (and fun new tricks attempts!) and we love seeing the evolution she had had this past year. Yuna is not only a rad freestyler, she’s also into freeride and downhill.
She just released her latest video ‘100 Tricks Challenge by Yuna Kang’. Inspired by Jeff Ellis’s 100 Tricks Challenge she decided to make her own and voilá! Get ready to be mind-blown. Also, trick-naming on point.. so thanks for the tuition! Check it out:
Video edit by Spin Skate
We talked with Yuna for a bit about her longboard path, what she loves and what gives her the chills.
LGC: When did you started skating and why?
YK: I started skating in December 2012. There was a man in my college who learned how to ride a longboard in USA. He wrote an introduction about longboarding in the college’s web . It seemed to be very fun, so I asked him to teach me how to ride a longboard.
LGC: What is it that you like the most about skating?
YK: Until recently, my favorite part of skating was learning a new trick. Now I want to make a good and smooth dancing/trick line with several skills. But it is REALLY hard!!!
LGC: What’s your biggest challenge while you skate?
YK: I am a very coward person haha. So I’m scared to ride fast :( The speed is my biggest challenge in my whole longboard life!
LGC: The Korean scene is really popular right now. How do you see the scene?
YK: Longboard dancing is soooo popular in Korea now. The whole Korean scene became bigger with dancing and freestyle but also the downhill/freeriding scene is getting bigger. I’m very happy because longboarding is a famous sports now but also I’m worried about the longboard-caused accidents due to the lack of safety gear or un-knowledge of certain sport rules.
Thank you Yuna! You’re amazing. Keep ripping, you inspire us all <3
Longboard Girls Crew Greece is a small team of girls who mostly want to have fun riding and inspire other girls to join. Some of us have been skating for longer and some are in their very first steps… That said we thought we had to organize our first workshop to show how easy is to ride and that anyone can join the crew !
So, as part of a local collaboration with a festival in Thessaloniki – STAMP Festival – we organised on Go Skateboarding Day (June 21) our first official Longboarding Workshop with the help of our local crew ‘Salunatics’ and using the equipment (longboards & protection gear) lent to us by the local sports center ‘WE’!
Meet LGC USA rider Calleigh! We just run into her story and are committed to help her achieve her goal.
Calleigh was born a man and in the past two years has transitioned to her true self as a woman. Her path has been extremely hard as she explains in the video bellow and skateboarding has been a key element to survive the whole process. Now, she has set herself the goal of crossing America on her skateboard… As she says “it’s an investment in procuring the future I’ve been aiming for”.
Watch the video to understand where she’s coming from and how hard it has been -and still is- for transgender people to build a balanced, fulfilled life and how skateboarding is helping in the process.
Calleigh, we’re so much with you!
Please check out her GO FUND ME CAMPAIGN and support if you can. Sharing her story helps as well!