Photo Diary: All Girls Skate Session at Stoner Skate Park

A couple months ago I attended the inaugural session of Girls Skate LA. GSLA is a free monthly skate session for female skaters in Los Angeles. Girls of all ages and abilities are welcome and the purpose is to provide an environment where women can skate together, support each other and  progress, free from modern society’s judgements and conventions. The event is put together by Christiana Smith a female skater from Michigan. Below is part one of a photo diary I put together of the event.

I included some of these ladies’ Instagram links  and hope that some of you will follow them. I see women everywhere wearing sports jersey that advertise The Lakers, Dodgers,Cowboys etcetera, but rarely ever see women wearing sports jerseys for female teams. If we want to see women getting increasing opportunity in this world and truly smash the hell out of some glass ceilings it is time we start supporting each other more openly and more aggressively in all areas. Female skateboarders need that support more than anyone. Often times female skaters go to a skate park and are usually the only girl there. Some male skaters are supportive towards them but many do everything they can to make them feel uncomfortable. When I first started skating a very tall, heavyset male skater tried to push me off my skateboard (unsuccessfully) and I have heard and read about other types of harassment that occurs towards female skaters fairly regularly. Also the industry does not provide the type of financial opportunities to professional female skaters that they do to their male counterparts. Female skateboarders are now creating their own industry with companies like Meow Skateboards and Hoopla Skateboards at the forefront. Check out their websites and purchase their products. Non-skaters wear skate brand clothing all the time, why not wear gear from Meow Skateboards and Hoopla? Here are their websites if you want to check out their products and if you have any female relatives/friends that love skating or want to start, both of these companies sell high quality skateboard decks so check them out.

 

MEOW SKATEBOARDS

HOOPLA SKATEBOARDS

Clair Davis Transitional Skater from Santa Monica recently placed 1st and 2nd at Montclair, a local skateboard competition. She placed 1st and 2nd last year as well.

@clair.davis

clair davis stoner skatepark skater girl

50 50 grind skater girl skata clair davis

 

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Maddie Collins  @maddiekillins

frontside boardslide skata skate feminino skatergirls

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Christiana Smith, organizer of the event. @christianasmith

christianna smith female skaters skater girl

 

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Emma Houle @emma.skates

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skater girl manual skateboard skatista

how to ollie to manual skatergirl skatefeminino skatista

 

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skater girl stoner skateplaza female skateboarder

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There were also a few pro female skaters in attendance. Many of us were really excited to see them skate in person and I noticed some gals asking to take photos with them. I can’t speak for everyone else but seeing them there was very inspiring.

Amy Caron  Meow Skateboards @amycaron

amy caron professional female skateboarder

Lacey Baker Meow Skateboards Lacey has competed in the X Games multiple times. She has won 1 gold medal, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze.

@leeroythegreat

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Savannah Headden Meow Skateboards @savheadden

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Speaking of pro skateboarders, legendary skateboarder Andrew Reynolds brought his daughter Stella to the session.

andrew reynolds and daughter stella

stella reynolds andrew reynolds daughter

For updates on the next event follow @girlsskatela or email christianasmithskate@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by the blog everyone!

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