London x Hawaii girls edit

Jordan Taylor Serpentini & Roxzi Bokolas came to London for their last pitstop on their European tour before heading home to Hawaii.

We met up with the girls to show them around London and film a few tricks while we were there.

Look out for an interview from the girls in the coming weeks, but for now check out the edit from the day!

PUSH THE PROM GALLERY & COMP EDIT NOW LIVE!

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Sorry it’s taken a while to get these shots by David Lawrie up on the site, we have been SUPER busy skateboarding this month and have hardly been at home! We have however managed to put together a few clips of our … Continue reading

#Like A Girl: The Gender Agenda

Always have just released this new and moving advert about what it means to act “Like a girl”

The ad starts off interviewing teenagers, asking them what it means to run, throw and fight “like a girl”. A group of young girls are then asked the same questions, and the results were quite different…

In skateboarding, we often hear that we “Skate like a girl” (funnily enough) and to “Man up”. In an article with Huff post, Laura Maw expands on the impact of these phrases on young minds.

“Both phrases impose strict gender boundaries without concern for individual identity – and they frankly don’t do anyone any favours: girls learn that acting ‘like a girl’ is ridiculed, resulting in deep internalised misogyny, a lack of self-worth and confidence; boys learn that displaying any traits commonly associated with girls or femininity is ridiculed and so restrict their emotional expression.”

Boys and girls are told different things growing up, but the overriding message is clear: ideological masculinity is to be aimed for, and ideological femininity (AKA acting ‘like a girl’) is to be avoided at all costs.

The comedian Robin Ince recently reminded us in a Tweet that manliness is just as ludicrous a concept as girliness:

“The other day, someone told me to ‘man up’, so I painted a flag on my face and started crying when someone kicked a thing wrongly.”

It seems that it works both ways, and that we are all a little bit sexist!

Tell us what YOU think in the comments.

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Vans X Peanuts Collection

Vans have been doing a lot of rad collaborations recently, such as the releases of the Star Wars series and the Beatles limited editions, and July does not dissappoint! Way back when in 1983, Vans produced a wicked series of your favourite shoes with none other than the Peanuts gang, solely for the opening of ‘Camp Snoopy’ amusement park in California, and were sold exclusively at the park. 20140704-155919-57559958.jpg
2014 brings them back from the ‘Vans Vault’ and they are available in a couple of prints (Snoopy and the Gang, and his alter ego Joe Cool) and also in varying Vans styles. They have also produced them right down to a toddlers size so would be perfect for you young rippers out there, and those of you with tiny toes!
Click here to head to the Vans site for the full range, ready to hit shops anytime soon!

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Coolers ‘Top Ten Cities to Cruise’

Cooler Mag have posted up their ‘Top 10′ cities (From Cooler Issue 44 – Spring/Summer 2014) that can offer us a relaxed and chilled cruise with long roads & smooth concrete. Now, where did we put our suitcase?!

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**We can vouch for this one! Over 100 skaters turned up for our “Push The Prom event for Go Skateboarding Day last month (Watch the footage here!)**

Click HERE for the full City run down…

Keep Skateistan Rolling

IT’S KEEP SKATEISTAN ROLLING TIME!

As a part of the summer 2014 “Keep Skateistan Rolling” drive, Skateistan will release a series of new Skateistan photo stories, as well as a new video that features Skateistan student and youth leader Madina.

The short-film above gives you a glimpse into the daily life of an amazing young woman whose life has been positively impacted by Skateistan’s programs, told by Madina in her own words.

“This July we’re aiming to raise $20,000 (USD) and we need your help to KEEP SKATEISTAN ROLLING. By joining our biannual fundraising drive you can empower Afghan, Cambodian and South African youth.”

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The photo stories will be shared across their social media and will give you an idea of how your donations provide new opportunities and enrich the lives of Skateistan’s students, especially girls in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa.

You can donate straight to the fund here or alternatively, buy something from their shop to help raise funds.

Don’t miss out and be sure to follow both their Facebook, Twitter & Instagram pages for regular updates!

Push The Prom Footage!

Well, it’s been 3 days since we left Brighton after a full 48 hours of sun, sea and skateboarding and we are still buzzing. Our Push The Prom event celebrated International Go Skateboarding Day and marked the first official day of summer on June 21st. Over 100 skaters from up and down the country came to join us for our Push The Prom event on Saturday. The sun was shining down and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, it literally couldn’t have been any more perfect.
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Kirsty Tonner had the driving duties, and covered an impressive 225 miles from Sheffield to Brighton with Marion Fernande from France, Stoney Shi from China, Ayumi Powell from Japan, and myself in tow. We arrived late Friday night and stayed with Wings Chan & Fei Phoon at Wings’s university dorm. A lucky few had wooden chairs to sleep on whilst the rest made camp on the floor of the kitchen! 20140625-023532.jpg

After a somewhat cramped nights sleep, we got ourselves to the park for 8:30am and met Lucy Adams and Josie Millard who were busy getting things set up. Lucy dashed off for an interview with BBC Sussex about the event whilst the rest of us got busy.
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With the PA set up and the table of goodies laid out, we were all ready and waiting, 10am strolled around and only 10 or so girls were there.. It was a little nerve racking thinking that months of planning, arranging permits, funding & flat out promotion hadn’t drawn in quite the crowd we had hoped, when seemingly out of nowhere skaters were turning up by the dozen.
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Lucy got cracking with the teaching, gathering up the beginners for their first lesson whilst I hovered between groups asking the girls what they’d like to learn in the day. Our youngest skaters were Poppy & Betty, both 5 years old and getting well stuck in!
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The progression competitions were loads of fun with comps taking place on the flat bank and over the hip. Prizes were chucked out for anyone trying something totally new, it was rad seeing the girls really pushing themselves!
Charlotte Thatcher landed her first fakie heel flip on a bank, Claire Thompson was trying fakie tres and Marion won a Fabric deck for her kickflip over the hip that she had been battling with all day. Carla, Josie and Anita just banged out trick after trick whilst the newer skaters tried going down the ramps for the first time. Ella wood, a regular at Lucy’s Brighton She Shredder sessions surprised herself by learning how to go down the ramp fakie! So rad!20140625-023958.jpg

Olympic and XGames medalist Jenny Jones even popped along to check out the skating and pick up a few tips! She stuck around to hand out prizes, the coolest being a cruiser set up from Hoopla won by birthday girl Carla Von Marx!
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We gathered the troops around 1:30pm and embarked on our 3 mile skate along the promenade. There were SO many people skating with us, and loads more met us along the way that when we stopped off for ice cream the head count was creeping up to 100! We reckon It must’ve been the most amount of skateboarders Brighton seafront had ever seen in one place, loads of people stopped to take photos of the stampede!

A silver surfer named Liz in her 60s was skating an old school longboard and sporting a blue ankle length skirt with yellow blazer combo, making us all feel a little under dressed for the occasion!
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We finished the day with a girls
Mini ramp competition at The Level Skatepark Jam, where we met yet more girl skaters! One being 7yr old Hannah Maxwell from London who always draws a big crowd wherever she skates, busting out Tuck Knee grabs and 540 Bertslides all over the place. 20140625-030420.jpg

Lucy had been a little nervous in the morning at the thought of being on the mic but she absolutely smashed it all day and no one would ever have thought it was her first time! Nice one Luce!

After all of the girls comps we had sooo many prizes that we literally couldn’t give them all away, so donated some to the bowl jam that was taking place. It was great to see some of the girls were getting stuck in to the guys competitions too and totally holding their own.

Loads of us headed to the beach to soak up the last of the sun before heading to the after party for the Boardettes premiere. The rest of the night was spent drinking beers on the beach with live music and good company. A perfect end to a perfect day.
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We asked some of the girls what they thought, check out what they had to say!

Just amazing to see soooo many girls out!!! Think the boys at The Level didn’t know what hit them.” – Tracy Gray

It was such an uplifting feeling being a part of such a welcoming and positive event. Skating along the prom you could see the sight of a massive troop of happy skaters bringing smiles to the faces of Brighton. Awesome day, thanks!Zoe Holland

“I loved that there were longboarders and skateboarders combined, that the age range was from as young as 5yrs old having a go at the lagoon to over 60yrs pushing the prom, that a lot of guys took part in the push too, and even though the prom is a rough old route we were laughing so much – oooohhhh, and the pure pleasure of rolling onto the smooth bits at last!!” Sabina Edwards

“I had such a good day! It was great to see so many girls encouraging new comers! It was definitely one of the best girl skate events I’ve been to. I am so hyped for next year :) and I think that everyone killed it!” – Claire Thompson, Rogue Skateboards & Animal UK

“Very inspirational day, to skate with all the girls from all abilities and see a fast growing family of skateboarding! Such a rad day can’t wait for next year!”
- Charlotte Thatcher
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HUGE THANKS TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS AND TO EVERYONE WHO CAME! Nice one Kirsty, Wings, Marion, Stoney, Josie, Ayumi, Sadie, David, Ricardo, Suz & Sheree for helping out! We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support, Lucy and I are so stoked! 20140625-034119.jpg
Special thanks to Sadie of Skate Girls Productions who came to document the event, watch the edit above – we think it really captures the spirit of the day, and the level of participation!

We’ll have an online gallery from our photographer David up next week, once we’re home from the Girl Skate Jam at Pioneer on Saturday.

Summer has officially started and we have so much to look forward to!

Danni x

What Should A Skater Girl Look Like?

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Cooler Magazine speaks to Lucy Adams in their latest Question Time: ‘What Should A Girl Skater Look Like?’

“It will be a crying shame if skateboarding goes the way that surfing is with regards to being as sexy and feminine as possible to market product and brands. I don’t think it will ever go as far as surfing but I definitely feel that it is happening more within skateboarding.

There are certainly more and more girl skaters that are pushing the boundaries for the most short shorts and low cut tops. I have respect for people doing what they want and dressing in a way which makes them feel good – it’s definitely the wearer, not the starer.”

Read the full article here…

Keep on Pushin: This Week in Skateboarding

The weather has been on our side, Push The Prom is happening this weekend and also, there have been a bunch of rad happenings in the world of skateboarding. Two bits that caught our eye in particular (despite an absence of girls unfortunately) that will resonate with all skaters are:

‘Keep on Pushin’
This new video from Ricki Bedenbaugh is part of REDirect; a celebration of skateboard filmmaking incorporating twelve of the most renowned skateboarding filmmakers as part of a collaboration between RED and The Berrics. Ricki’s film represents what skateboarding means to him and features celebrated skaters such as Natas Kaupas, Eric Dressen, Matt Hensley and more. It’s beautifully shot and really shows the skate lifestyle and sensibility. With bonus treats of the Ike and Tina soundtrack and punk legend Ian McKaye narrating, it’s a great watch.

Keep On Pushin’ from Ricki Bedenbaugh on Vimeo.

Another happening this week is the hugely positive and widespread response to an interview Jenkem Mag did with Sam McGuire titled ‘An Interview With Skateboarding’s Gayest Photographer’

Image courtesy of jenkemmag,com

Image courtesy of jenkemmag,com

The piece asks ‘Is skateboarding really as homophobic as people think it is?’ With a leading question like that, you may assume people would be riled or get defensive but actually the piece has shown an amazing community spirit and a welcome, positive response to the piece. Well done Jenkem for tackling an issue so thoughtfully and for Sam for being so brave and awesome. Click the link above for the full piece.