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Leticia Bufoni at the X-Games
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Skater Girls

Julz Lynn during Vans Girls Combi Pool Classic 2012

Julz Lynn during Vans Girls Combi Pool Classic 2012

Why Skater Girls are important for skateboarding…

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.

Time has come to really take a look at women’s skateboarding: yep! In the past 45 years or maybe ever since Patti Mc Gee made the covers of both Time Magazine and Skateboarder magazine, (and only with the exception of a couple of years and a handful of girls here and there), skater girls’ commitment to skateboarding has always been shrouded with obnoxious indifference making them irrelevant to the eyes of the skate media.

Be glad, those days are now gone.

Somehow…

The ascension of girls into full-fledged skateboarders has been the subject of many talks and expectations in the past years. And insiders (including, or maybe just myself) were even saying that 2012 would be the “Year of the Skater Girl”. But months quickly passed and nothing materialized. At best there was Julian Bleecker’s “Hello Skater Girl” book release, there was Underexposed, Amelia Brodka’s awesome documentary (still to be released though…) and a couple of much ballyhooed inserts and pix in mainstream skateboarding magazine.

Of course, some new contests appeared (Exposure 2012 and Rocky Mountain) thanks to skater-led initiative. But in 2011, after a good start, most of the hoopla around skater girls vanished.

In 2012, many sponsoring contracts were not made or not extended, companies downsized and even shed their women’s divisions and many girls were left wondering what their status was. All this among the euphoria around the idea that the tale had unraveled and now was the time… 2013 will be the year of the skater girls…

Inside the lives of the Skater Girls