ever since i was a kid, my brothers have skated. my little brother was one and a half when he learned, he could hardly form sentences, but would come with our mum to pick us up from school on a tiny skateboard -- rolling speedy up the hill to the school buildings. i always wanted to do it, in some ways i have skated all my life: but for some reason i have always been scared to do as much as i wanted.
i remember days where we could skate in the garden. flipping over a board with your toes to jump on it; my brother trying to teach ollies to the younger kids; me, always there, watching.
skateboarding is all about being new and fresh. though it's a sport now widely recognised, there's always been a culture of rebellion (almost anarchist, honestly, even though the clothes are SO expensive) around it. skate is about staying true to your history whilst presenting something fresh.
i love skateboarding: the culture, the free feeling, the fashion, the scrapes and bruises; but for some reason i'm still afraid to practise.
i think skate should be more accessible to little kids, regardless of gender identity, as everyone can benefit from the sense of revolt and creativity that skateboarding brings.
who/what to look out for 👀
- house of vans hold girl's skate nights occasionally in london with activities, music and skate
- aimée gillingwater (@skatemiddleton)
- vogue has an interesting article about the past, present and future of women in skating
- london based Bowl Babes Ldt
- nora vasconcellos (@noravexplora)
- vanessa torres (@vanessatorres)
let us know if there are any gals you love!