We don’t see why there is so much fuss about whether girls can longboard or not – the simple answer is ‘of course they damn well can’!
Long gone are the times when girls couldn’t vote, were not supposed to drive, couldn’t show their knees, couldn’t take part in a Marathon, were not supposed to have short cropped hair, couldn’t breast feed in public when they were faced with a hungry baby in their arms, couldn’t burp or pass wind in company – oops, they’re still not supposed to do the latter are they!
A girl on a skateboard, preposterous! I hear the voice of the macho ones screaming, echoing the voice of their great grandfathers.
Well, too bad! Girls of all shapes, sizes, colours and religions are jumping on boards and doing their thing!
What I personally don’t like about girl longboarders..
..is the stereotypical image that is always portrayed, and which many young girls attempt to live-up to.
Try searching for an image of a skater girl who looks like an every day girl who just wants to skate with skater passion in her appearance. Chances are you will find girls who seem more concerned with exhibiting fashion, flowing hair, looking dazzling, too cool for school, or trying too hard to look like a tough cookie like in an early Avril Lavigne video.
I would be so much happier to see many more images of everyday girls, looking just like the girls in the photo at the top of this Blog post.
Skater girls don’t need to look like models in skimpy shorts, butt-cheeks hanging out. Golden, silky tresses. And exhibit perfect Instagram poses when on a skate or longboard. But for now, that seems to be how skater girls are shown. I have no idea if they actually like being portrayed this way, but that is what seems to be happening all around.
Don’t get me wrong, I also hate to see the typical stereotype skater boy images. But seriously, the ratio in which the girls are shown as ‘sexy dolls on a board’ is quite alarming for me! – And don’t get me started on how girls are shown on surf and kiteboards! Titty and butt-cheeks galore.
Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments section.
But here is some hope…
Take ‘The Longboard Girls Crew’ for instance…
The Longboard Girls Crew consists of real women, all shapes and colours doing something that they love –
This is their story…
This amazing all female, international longboard community was created in Madrid, Spain in 2010, co-founded by Valeria Kechichian. The aim was to get more girls and women involved in sports, as in many places it’s still dominated by males, and females are left out and made to feel very unwelcome.
The way females are portrayed and perceived by society as the weaker, fragile sex has to change once and for all. Females are more than capable of reaching peak performance in anything they put their minds to.
The Longboarding Girl Crew consists of real riders and not models. They are here to help break down all the fluffy, girly stereotypes that surrounds females who go after their passion and exhibit hardworking, dedication and ambition. These longboarding females are now gaining credit and long overdue exposure.
The Longboard Girls Crew started shooting videos that inspired women to start skating, showing them that they could do it too, how accessible it was and how much fun could had. Before they knew it, people from all over the world were watching their videos and with this, the movement had begun.
Their videos quickly spread all around the globe. Women from every corner of the planet began joining this awesome community. Things really took off on The Longboard Girls Crews Facebook account, everyone was creating content and wanting to get involved.
It has never been about how good you were, how fast you can go, or how many tricks you can land – it has always been about fun and inspiring others.
The Longboard Girls Crew
With such a huge fast growing community, The Longboard Girls Crew began to host local skate gatherings, events and contests. They quickly turned into international meets – and now they host global meets! Girls from all over the world have joined forces to use skate as a means of fun and empowerment.
IT’S SAFE TO SAY THAT THIS BUNCH OF HARDWORKING, DYNAMIC FEMALES HAVE PUT FEMALE LONGBOARDING ON THE MAP!
Up to this present date, Longboard Girls Crew (LGC) has successfully grown into the biggest community in the action sports industry and it’s one of the biggest female communities in the world, acknowledged in more than 180 countries. You’ll find quite a few of them listed farther down.
Today, LGC continues to work relentlessly to support and promote women through action sports as it’s still much needed in order to destroy the old stereotypes and bring more freedom to many females in a male dominated world. They have also developed a non-profit association in order to empower females in certain countries, using longboarding as a tool for change, creating more and more powerful role models – females are encouraged to be part of the change in the world that needs to be seen!
Doing something ‘like a woman’ or “like a girl” means being a badass.
The Longboard Girls Crew
Watch ‘Carving The Mountains’, from Juan Rayos
A lovely 4 minuite video: A spring afternoon through the mountains – Madrid, Spain
LONGBOARD WOMEN UNITED is officially a platform of social and humanitarian contribution, creating social projects, helping and partnering-up with different associations and NGOs around the world empowering humans in need, mostly but not exclusively through skate and longboarding. It’s time to take it to the next level.
How Longboard Women United are helping the community:
Spreading love, self-esteem, respect, education and support by means of social projects. Partnering-up with initiatives by providing financial and material support and media exposure.
They also help children who face terminal illness or life altering diseases, as well as people who live in neighborhoods where teenage pregnancy rates are extremely high. They help survivors of human trafficking, refugees and people in extremely disadvantaged areas all around the world.
You too can actively assist by simply helping to spread the word or heading over to The Longboarding Girls Crew website and making a donation. You can read more on and see the actual communities that are being helped here on the official Longboard Girls Crew Non-Profit webpage
In which countries are the Longboard Girl Crews located?
Well, there are many locations of crews peppered all over the world – here is an extensive list of the countries where you will find your Longboard Girls crew!…
Find and join a Longboard Girls Crew in your country!…
There is no “I don’t know them so I don’t care”. We’re all in this together and empathy and compassion are stronger than hate or jealousy when put into action. We want to bring those feelings of joy and empowerment to as many humans in need as possible.
The Longboard Girls Crew
If you have an initiative and would like to partner-up with The Longboarding Girls Crew, please drop them a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, longboarding can change the world!
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We have designed the ULUWATU longboard especially with girls in mind!
Well, this longboard is not just for the ladies, it’s a fantastic gender neutral board – It just happens to be very popular with the female longboarding community!
Let’s face it, most boards on the market are aimed to project an image of ‘the cool looking guy’. But what about those of us who just want a longboard that was especially designed with females in mind, and also great for guys that don’t want to roll around like an trendy alpha-male…
Read further if you are a female, or a guy that does not want a trendy alpha-male longboard…
First ask yourself how would you like your board to look? Which longboard characteristics would appeal to you?
We have taken these thoughts into deep consideration – and we have come up with the ULUWATU longboard!
It has warm beach colours and a beautiful surfboard style shape. It’s also for those who feel in touch with nature – spot the lotus flower in full bloom among it’s beautiful tribal print.
Anything that rolls on wheels is not just for guys – bmx’ing, skating, longboarding, etc is for every gender and type of person.
More and more girls are hitting the boards, so it’s fantastic that there are some boards out there that are designed with other genders and different types of people in mind. Not every girl wants a cute, girly looking longboard to ride on, they want performance and a fitting design too.
Is there a lack of longboards for girls?
For sure there is! Of course you will find some on the internet, but still – most of them are just too damn ‘girly’ – not all girls want to have the typical stereotype of feathers, butterflies, sparkles and pastel colours under their feet!
Picking the Best Longboards for Beginner Girls
FACT: Most girls are not built the same as guys.
In general, boards (snowboards) for girls are typically a bit shorter and provide more flex.
You may see quite a few styles of longboards to look through on the internet when you Google ‘longboards for girls’, but here’s our tips and recommendations for boards that take ladies into consideration.
Board flex – stiffness – response
Females usually weigh less than males. This means that females tend to need a lot more flex.
Having a longboard with more flex will make your board more ‘flexible’ – forgiving, playful, and fun to ride on. A stiff board is usually used if you want to go speeding downhill like a rocket. So, unless you want to attempt to break the speed-barrier, look for a longboard with a good, springy flex.
How can you tell if a board has a lot of flex? You will need to look at the wood type and plys (Plys of wood are the layers of wood in your board)
See some really springy flex in action (and a peek at some sexy Elmo P.J’s)…
Pintail or Dropthrough – which one is the best longboard for girls?
Hmmmm – This answer depends on personal preference. Pintails offer more of a surfing style of ride. Pintails may also be a bit tougher to start out with as a beginner, but they are far better for cruising and carving.
Dropthroughs will offer you better balance and you may learn to ride them faster than with a pintail. Dropthroughs are less fun for carving and cruising though. But, if you plan on sliding, then a dropthrough is the one you want!
Board Length – Mini cruiser or a big arse full size longboard?
Mini cruisers are great for getting around on – they are a super mode of transport. They are a great fit for those that are short or medium sized. Cruisers give you good balance. They provide an easier ride and are highly recommended for beginners.
36″ (91.44 cm) and above is the typical size for a cruiser
It is best to not go over 39″ in length (99.06 cm) because it will make your longboard tougher to steer.
Wheels – Which wheels do I need for longboarding?
No matter if you are a boy or girl, the wheels play a very important role in board performance. You should look for something with a softer rating (80a or below in ideal)
What do softer wheels do? – softer wheels on your longboard will give you a smoother and softer ride. They will grip the road better so you will have more control and won’t go sliding off into the distance.
Large or small wheels?
Big is better! A larger wheel diameter will roll way better than smaller ones – you’ll roll over those cracks, rocks, and bumps in the road much more easily. It’s a longboarders nightmare to get their wheels stopped by a small object that is like slamming on the breaks. You get catapulted to the ground like a piece of lead – ouch!
Don’t worry about having a high ABEC bearing rating. A lower rating is okay – this makes it easier to start so you won’t roll too fast.
Finding the perfect beginner longboard for girls.
By your search for the best longboard for girls, please bear these detail in mind…
Do not get caught up in technical details – you’ll just get confused. You don’t need the most expensive setup gear either!
JUST THINK OF WHICH STYLE YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO FOR –
(Which riding style is right for you?)
then… Go for the board that fits your style and the design you like most, and jump on that beautiful beast and get out there!