Longboard Girls Crew India‘s OPEN Premiere and Workshop had a pleasant start today. Five of us girls, skaters and photographers made a road trip to United World College, an IB high school up in the hills on a biodiversity reserve. We Made it just in time (India time that is).Mahindra United World College, UWC MC, is a community of 240 students from around the world, working to unite people and make education a force for peace and sustainability. A movement started in the 60s as a reaction to two World Wars and a Cold War, to bring youth together, often in remote settings, to live and learn together. Students at UWCs are serious about making positive change in the world, and engage in intense study, service-learning and project-based-learning. Today they learnt to longboard.
For the first time in the last two years of holding workshop and demos here in India, we saw a house full of only girls, waiting eagerly for us to start the premiere. The girls were from different parts of the world each with their own fascinating story, from year 1 and year 2 of the college. They showed much interest.
We started with the Ishtar x Tussilago music video which managed to charm the students and invite them to open their minds, Followed by the LGC Open movie. The movie made all the girls eyes lid up, and after we held a moment to answer questions and story telling. The girls even learned some new words this faithful day like gnarly, stoked, bombing hills or shredding to name a few.
Then we headed out to the basket ball court where we gave a demo and lessons to the curious and excited girls. They were quick learners. For many, it was as if they just discovered a new talent they didn’t know they had. In no time they were swooshing past each other having fun on the wheels, pushing themselves and the boards. A few boys from nearby villages who are taught on weekends by the school kids, also joined and learned to ride.Some of them were seeing a skateboard for the very first time in their lives. The vibes where amazing.Today we used the language of skateboarding to meet new people on a common ground. All of there amazing girls are all motivated and inspired to change the word for the better. Meeting likeminded people that also burn the same fire lid their trust more in believing in them selfs and also trusting them self being on the right path in life.What ever the passion is, the fire and loving energy is the same, that’s why we can connect, that’s why we can speak and laugh together. This is why it feels like we’ve met Long before today.
We are all here to change the world for the better. This is just the beginning.
Endless thanks to:LGC Indian Ambassador Kunjika SinghBen Reid-Howells and Oscar AvilaAkerberg, UWC MC Triveni Office.All photos by Oscar Ávila Åkerberg. Thank you!
Holy stoke! Girl Skate India is India’s first and largest platform to feature, connect and increase the number of female skateboarders in India. Last January they organized their first Tour with 12 girls from around the world hosted by Atita Verghese -India’s first female skateboarder- to skate through the country, teach girls how to skate and build ramps for the future. Whoa.
The world premiere of the video will take place at the end of April in:
BANGALORE – PARIS – MELBOURNE – BERLIN – LIEGE – COPENHAGEN – MARSEILLE -TEL AVIV. We can’t wait!
Music / Rendez-Vous
Camera/Edit: Virginia Fernandes
In Glori’s words: It was again autumn in Vienna. Back from all the skate trips during sommer, we wanted to go out there and experiment with a new style approach in filming a downhill skateboard video. Usually you can’t schedule sunshine and can’t really organise empty roads. We found ourselves at the sunniest day of the whole September, on a road packed with cars and motorbicycles. So believe it or not: The biggest task was to shoot within 20 second frames of car free corners and to avoid patches on the road. And yes, we went all in for quality bullshit.
People looked quite confused at our masks, a factor we benefitted from since confused people don’t call the cops – angry people do.
Skater: Nicola Nührig, Gloria Kupsch
Filmer: Lauren Klocker, Mathias Pfrnak Groß
Concept: Gloria Kupsch
Our girl LGC Netherlands Ambassador Femke Bosma spent a month in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, living life to the fullest. The roads in the island are a dream but the best part is the friends you make along the way. Enjoy this video by Jolanda Felix and we hope your days are filled with adventure.
Spanish rider Cristina Verdú is a killer downhill rider. Here’s why.