Stick With Skateboarding Until You Fall In Love

When you first start skateboarding it’s easy to become scared because it doesn’t feel natural and you’re sure that you’re going to fall. ¬†To be honest you will fall a lot even after you’ve been skateboarding awhile.

That’s why it’s important to know that others were scared too and they stuck with it just long enough to find out they love skateboarding.

In August of 2017 @madawgsk8 started skating

This was my first day on a board and I practiced pivoting (was anyone else scared when first learning how to?ūüėā) and turning for like 3 hours. then rode back and fourth in the corner of a room bouncing from wall to wall. I finally had the confidence to try this curve (it was a lot more intimidating to me than how it looks here) and as you can see I was soooo happy after I got it.

What does she think of her year old videos?

Crazy to me to watch my first video from almost a year ago, I‚Äôm so much more comfortable with myself and I‚Äôm becoming one with my board ūüôā I love skateboarding!!!

I’m so glad¬†@madawgsk8¬†shared because we all start as beginners and most of us have fears so it’s encouraging to hear that others have faced the same struggles and stuck with it.

Whether it’s on or off the skateboard don’t let fear rule you. ¬†Fear is not real, it’s your imagination talking to you, so tell your imagination to change their tone and direction to positive self talk.

@madawgsk8¬†practiced inside with help from a wall, what’s worked for you to improve your skateboarding? ¬†Hope you share your skate tips and inspiration soon.

Grace Longboarding Globally

Last time I blogged about Grace aka @IamGreySwan she was longboarding in New Zealand. ¬†Since then she’s been skating the world.

Above she just won¬†2nd place for People’s Choice during the Pipeline Solothurn slide jam in Solothurn, Switzerland where she now lives.

And as of the time I’m drafting this post she’s at¬†Kozakov Downhill Challenge in the Czech Republic.

photo by @cgsa_downhill

Austria was just one of her stops in between.

photo by @rosanne_onboard

All around the world more girls skateboard when they see girls having fun skating and a girl can travel the world with her board.

Are you traveling like Grace? ¬†Would love to share some of the places you’ve had fun skating.

La√≠s’ Skateboarding Advice¬†

La√≠s’ advice

Free your mind and do it with passion !

Her passion shows in her skateboarding – such style.

What are you passionate about? ¬†If you haven’t found your passion yet, it’s never too late. ¬†You’ll know it’s your passion because you are not only willing to work but you’ll find yourself enjoying the work.

Face your fears, take on challenges because on the other side could very likely be your passion. ¬†Fear is not real – I’ve been told it’s in your imagination. ¬†I believe it because fear is something you think will happen, not something in the present. So free your mind of fear and focus on the now and be present in whatever you are trying to do.

Till next time keep it stylish on & off the board. ¬†I’m in 11th grade now, so the school work is intense and the posts are farther apart but if you want to share please let me know. ¬†It will get posted as I have breaks in school work.

xoxo skating fashionista

 

Skate for Change 20,000 Socks Challenge

I’m happy to share Skate for Change’s 20,000 Socks Challenge!

Skate for Change chapters across the globe take a look at what their community needs, and then take action.

Whether it is handing out socks, or cleaning up parks, Skate for Change is all about your town, and your city. Creatives, misfits, skaters, artists, photographers, musicians; Everyone is welcome.

Skate for Change has already received support from Bombas & Ethica but they’ll need your help to reach their goal of #20KbyXmas.

Click here to go to their site or here to go to their IG for details on how you can help.

“Socks are the most requested, least donated item in homeless shelters across the world.”

Everyone can “Be the Change” and together we create a better world.

 

 

 

Wandy Chan Teaching Skateboarding

Above Wandy & one of her classes

Having a great night with the youth yesterday!ūüėĄ This is my last skate class in 2017.its special and thanksful as we cruised around in the big park and i met those youth,they were so smart, kind and cute ! ūü϶ūüĎĪūü϶ūüĎĪAlthough we skated at midnight ÔľĆwe had so much fun and they knew more about skateboarding ! ‚≠ź Wish they will have a Happy Christmas!ūüôą ūüĆ≤

Wandy has been skateboarding for about 16 years and she loves sharing skating with others.  While it took me forever to post this Рsorry for the delay РWandy has been teaching more.

How do you share your love of skateboarding?  Keep sharing because kindness grows exponentially and it really helps people stay motivated to learn on & off the board.

Hyper Cheetah – Exploring the Beauty of Bangkok

I’m a Hyper Cheetah fan. ¬†Catching up with her I see that she’s exploring the beauty of Bangkok. ¬†While some people may question city skateboarding, I think it’s the perfect way to see everything.

What cities have you explored with your skateboard?

To see more of Hyper Cheetah check out her IG¬†where she’s currently sharing

and see her prior posts by clicking the cheetah tag below.

Till next time keep it stylish on & off the board.

 

Fun in the Neon Supergirl Pro 2018 Village

Neon Supergirl Pro returned to the Oceanside Pier on July 27 – 29, 2018. ¬†It’s the world’s largest women’s surf event and music festival plus there’s much more.

photo by @airbutchiephotography check out Supergirl IG for tons more photos

The entire event is free. ¬†When you’re not watching and cheering on your favorite surfers or catching a concert there’s an entire village to check out. ¬†One of my favorite’s is the Neon Braid Booth.

Paul Mitchell professionals and professionals in training from the Paul Mitchell San Diego school are at the event to create the braids of your dreams.  This year, especially Sunday was super hot Рso braids were both beautiful and functional!

The Neon booth raises money for charity and offers a #stickittobullying zone.  Paul Mitchell the creator of Neon believes

girls have the power to change the world. So let’s end bullying, one act of kindness at a time

All Neon Supergirl Pro attendees, including the athletes, were asked to join the bully-free zone by writing a message on how they share kindness.

Acts of kindness as simple as smiling or saying hi make such a positive difference both to the giver and receiver.  As my friend Jeanette said

it’s the golden rule, treat others as you want to be treated, and the kindness overflows

I’ve been bullied and when you talk to people at the #stickittobullying wall you realize that so many others have been bullied too, but that all stops when we decide to act kindly.

I think the sign inspired many because despite the heat everyone I encountered was acting kindly. Another common site was the red super girl cape that Nissan was passing out.

While Edna Mode is strictly

NO CAPES

especially around airplanes, it seemed that capes and planes

went together at Neons Supergirl Pro.  The plane above was part of the Air Force exhibit.  Other exhibit/events going on throughout the weekend included the Supergirl Gamer Pro a competitive female video game tournament focused on supporting women in gaming and Supergirl Skate Pro which this year was a Curb Queens Contest

The skate contest on Saturday and a Learn to Skate Clinic on Sunday were both organized by EXPOSURE Skate.

More girls (people) skateboard when they see girls having fun skating and receive encouragement so this was one of my favorite parts of the weekend. Here’s some shots from the skate clinic where both girls & boys learned new skills or got on a board for the first time.

Thanks to EXPOSURE Skate for organizing this and all the volunteers who helped. I hope everyone had a chance to check out @KD.is.kindness.daily which was in the EXPOSURE Skate booth. Sometimes it’s helpful to have a reminder that it’s always your choice to be kind. ¬†I rely on my Rastaclat bracelet as a reminder to breathe and be responsible for my actions.

Other popular stops were the beverage booths.  Among the drinks were sparkling water, coconut water, and my favorite Go Girl Energy Drink.

Go Girl is an energy drink for Women, by Women that’s tasty, low on calories, and gives back to causes¬†that

raise awareness and funds for Breast cancer and Ovarian cancer research and prevention

I absolutely love when women help women by sharing their success and their knowledge – it’s definitely an act of kindness that grows exponentially. ¬†Neon Supergirl Pro realizes this and features a Female Empowerment Panel each year.

Above this year’s panel which included¬†United States Air Force Brigadier General Leavitt (first female fighter pilot), USAF Captain Samantha B. Morrison, Olympian Lindsey Jacobellis @lindseyjacobellis, and PRO gamer & video game developer gamer Stephanie ‚Äúmissharvey” Harvey @stepharvey

B4BC aka Boarding for Breast Cancer is another strong example of women sharing knowledge to help others.  They believe

in empowering young people to be their own best advocate in breast cancer prevention by equipping them with the tools they need

In addition to sharing knowledge and tools they make staying active fun by organizing some of the raddest skate events. ¬†Two events are coming up quickly and I’m totally bummed that I’ll be out of the country during the first one.

I would absolutely love if girls shared their stories from the Skate the Lake event coming up August 17 – 18 in Lake Tahoe. ¬†It’s their 14th time going 28 miles where skaters, bikers, scooters all are welcome!

That’s a wrap for the recap, however, it’s just a glimpse so be sure to check out the Supergirl Pro IG and check out hashtags like #neonsupergirlpro.

I hope this event inspires those who attended and heard about it to act with kindness, believe in themselves, and work for their goals because we are all born Super Girls. We just need to put our cape on & fly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salty Bitches on a Kindness Mission

@_saltybitches is a Women’s Skateboarding community in Utah.

I learned about them on IG and had to find out more.  This is the scoop from co-founder Noelle.

When was Salty Bitches founded?

Winter of 2017 on IG

Who founded Salty Bitches?

Noelle

Tori

@pizza69slut

We all have full time jobs but love bringing chicks together and organizing events so we started Salty Bitches.

We originally founded Salty Bitches on IG as a way to connect with several of our skater friends. ¬†We’d know what park and what day to meet at. ¬†Then around May, we started actively using it everyday. ¬†

How did Salty Bitches grow?

I personally would post clips or photos of girls in the Salt Lake area who were progressing, sending us footage, or if I just saw something that I know a girl would be excited I posted.

More and more girls would reach out asking when we could skate together¬†and that’s how a huge following developed. It made us so happy to see because we love to skate, we love to tell people you can learn how to skate at whatever age, and we love being those inviting friends at the park who say hi.

In our experience when the three of us were learning we didn’t get the same reaction from some people so we wanted to be comforting in return. I then decided to plan a Ladies Skate Day because there were so many of us and all of the local events weren’t as inviting for females to compete in.

What was the first event like?

Our first event was the first week of June sponsored by brands like @girlisnota4letterword @skatelikeagirl @sillygirlskateboards @thrashermag @lowcardmag @beeasyboards @milosport @bcsandy @raunchrecords @skullcandy @friendshipskateboards & a lot more.

I was surprised by the amount of positive support to grow the women’s female skateboarding community and I was even more surprised by the outcome of attendees.

We had anywhere from 35-60 chicks throughout the day and at our second event that was just last Saturday about the same but lots of other girls who weren’t at the first!

The fact that this last event was on a Saturday rather than Sunday definitely helped our participation and the next one will be August 18th at Lehi skatepark.

We are always looking to meet girls in the Utah area. We welcome all ages, lifestyles, abilities, and love support but the contests will only be for ladies if you attend! our Instagram is usually the best way to find out about our events (:

I’m thankful for all the hard work the Salty Bitches do to build a community of kindness. ¬†Kindness grows exponentially so keep an eye on these ladies to see their community keep growing.

How are you sharing  your love of skateboarding and encouraging other women?  Hope you share soon.

 

Tamaryn aka @inksane_insurgent

When Tamaryn isn’t on her skateboard

she’s probably drawing. ¬†She’s one busy artist who’s currently working on her tattoo apprenticeship at Nine Lives Tattoo in South Africa.

On IG you can find her at @inksane_insurget.¬†There’s so much art to love I couldn’t pick so I asked her what some of her favorite pieces are.

What’s your passion off the board? ¬†I truly believe that the persistence and determination you learn on the skateboard enable you to pursue and achieve any goal.

Hope you check you @inksane_insurgent both on & off her skateboard.

 

 

Little Mille Ford & Her New Skateboard

I blog because more girls skateboard when they see girls having fun skateboarding and receive encouragement. ¬†I’m grateful to all the girls who take the time to share their pictures and stories and now I’m grateful to Tribe of Daughters for their latest book

I had the opportunity to get the scoop from the illustrator Jess Lowcher and here’s what she shared:

‚ÄúLittle Mille Ford and Her New Skateboard‚ÄĚ has just recently launched and is about girl who looks up to her big sister and all the other neighborhood skate kids. On her fifth birthday she receives her very first skateboard and the first trick she decides to try is dropping in on an 8 ft half pipe! This story addresses the importance of understanding your strengths, keeping yourself safe, and also that size does not define what you can do.

I’m thrilled that Mille was inspired by her sister and I can’t wait to read her journey. ¬†Dropping in can be scary, but anything new can be scary so I’m confident that with preparation and encouragement Mille can succeed.

click above to see Mille come to life

This is Tribe of Daughter’s second book. ¬†Their first book Queen Wahine, Little Surfer Girl has a 5 star Amazon Rating.

Tribe of Daughters was created by two surfing sisters from the OBX, NC. who create children’s literature that features girls as the main character learning action adventure sports.

The books are written for early readers but their messages and art are for all ages.

Hope you enjoy Mille’s adventure and follow her lead by believing you can do anything!

You are always the right size and age to believe, practice & achieve!