Happy International Day of the Girl Child!

Last year the United Nations declared October 11th the International Day of the Girl Child. Today marks the first International Day of the Girl Child,  the theme for this year is Ending Child Marriage. Let's continue to remember the unique challenges girls face around the world and celebrate achievements made in girls' rights.

Skateistan, “a kabul-based non-governmental organization," uses skateboarding and education to empower girls in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Pakistan.  Forty percent of the students benefiting from Skateistan are girls age 5-18. 

Check out these girls in action!


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Support the 2012 International Day of the Girl Child theme, Ending Child Marriage!




 Find out more information on local International Day of the Girl Child events at UNICEF.

Vans Bowl-A-Rama NYC 2012, October 4-6

The Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ NYC will commence tomorrow, October 4th.  The Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ is a “week dedicated to celebrating art, music and true skateboard culture”. The series of events starts with a celebration of the Steve Caballero Half Cab Shoe at the House of Vans in Brooklyn

On Saturday, October 6th, the world's best skaters will come to face off in the most epic bowl competition to hit the east coast.  You'll have the opportunity to  see  PROS  (Pedro Barros, Kalani David, Bucky Lasek, Greyson Fletcher and Zach Miller, Dannie Carlsen and Sam Becket)  and the MASTERS  (Pat Ngoho, Sergie Ventura, Steve Caballero, Nicky Guerrero, Eric Nash, Christian Hosoi and Chris Miller) compete for their share of the ultimate $55,000 prize.  The competition is from 9am - 6pm at Hudson River Park’s Pier 62 Skate Park.

Check out the full schedule below and go to Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ NYC see the  full lineup of skaters and the festival details.  Guess what? All events are FREE!

Vans BOWL-A-RAMA NYC, 2012
See you there! This event is will be totally dope!


Vote Imani Wilmot for BLACK GIRLS ROCK M.A.D Girls Award


A few months ago we featured Imani Wilmot,the Jamaican Daughter of Surfing. Vote for Imani in the BLACKGIRLSROCK M.A.D. (Making A Difference) Girl, honoring women changing their communities. Winner will be awarded at the BLACK GIRLS ROCK Annual Award show featured on BET. 

Let's support this fellow BLACK SURFER CHICK! 

VOTE FOR IMANI

Read our previous feature on Imani to find out how is shaping her community in Jamaica by founding a camp to teach girls how to swim and surf.

BLACK SKATER CHICK: Jazym Glause

What's up BLACK SKATER CHICK fam? We had to pleasure of interviewing (*drumroll*) Jazmyn Glause! 

Source: Six Starz Skateboard and Surf Co,2012


Jazmyn Glause reps Duluth, MN. At the age of 12, Jazmyn's journey with skateboarding began when her parents bought her Tony Hawk Underground 2. She thought it was so "rad that there was a girl skater in it, it was Elissa Steamer. I wanted to be just like her!" Since that moment, Jazmyn rolled around on her skateboard everyday. Soon her level of comfortability increased and started learning tricks.  

Now 15, she is sponsored by Starz Skateboarding Co. and Rockstar BearingsJazmyn believes that  "trying your best to accomplish whatever you want to accomplish in life, if you can do that, no one can stop you."  This zealousness shines through her agility in simultaneously ollieing down sets of stairs, nollie tre-flipping and executing challenging assortments of tricks, while still holding her unique easy-going swagger. 


Jazmyn in Action!


Jazmyn loves the thrill skateboarding produces in helping to face one's fears and the feeling accomplishment from learning and perfecting new tricks. She also notes that "you can never really 'win' at skating, there's always something new to work for." Though the only skater chick in her community, she thinks it would be "awesome to have girls to skate with, and someone that shares the same love for it as I do." She advises that girls who are interested in skateboarding should, "Just go for it! It’ll be scary at first, and you’ll worry about getting hurt, but once you get into it, you’ll be glad you did. It’s challenging, but SO fun." When Jazmyn is not skateboarding she participates other intense sports like Roller Derby.

Quick  411 on Jazmyn
  • Stance: Goofy
  • Set-upSix Starz Skateboard, Venture Trucks, Blank Wheels 52mm, Rockstar Bearings, Mob Grip, and Shorty’s Hardware
  • Sponsors: Six Starz Skateboarding Co. and Rockstar Bearings
  • Skating Attire: "I love skating Nike Sb’s, Levi Jeans usually hold up the longest for skating, and I always rock any shirts that I get from my sponsors, whether I’m skating or not"!
  • Favorite Skating Spot: "Midtown in Duluth, it’s this neat little spot under an overpass. It’s got a sweet Miniramp, and alot of cool street elements."
  • Favorite Skaters: "Lizard King, Dylan Rieder, Karl Watson, Neen Williams, and I’ve been seeing alot of Diego Najera lately, he kills it."
  • Music: "Pretty much anything by Snoop Dogg or Tilly and the Wall. No specifics, I like just about everything from the both of them."

Jazmyn's WORD on Sk8ing 
"It’s one of the toughest things out there, and you’ve really gotta have heart if you wanna progress."

Connect w/ Jazmyn
Twitter : @JazmynGlause
Youtube Channel: XxJGSK8RxX

* Elissa Steamer is the first female to have attain professional status in the history of skateboarding*


It's great to see the "mid-late 90's babies" like Jazmyn, Samarria Brevard, Christiana Smith and Beatrice Domond stepping up  and continuing the shredding tradition more and more. I can't wait to see these girls skating at the X-Games in coming years. Much KUDOS to all of you, especially Ms. Jazmyn Glause (cool last name). Girls are here to stay in SK8ING! 






Rollaball, Where Skateboards and Soccer Meet


Source:  https://www.facebook.com/rollaballmovie
Today marks the beginning of the London 2012 Paralympics Games.The summer games includes a wide range of sports ranging from traditional track and field events to wheelchair fencing. In light of this, last week Shadow and Act, introduced a new project documenting a "skateboard-inspired version of soccer" originating in Ghana for individuals with polio. In this ingenious sport coined, Rollaball, players are strapped to locally made skateboards which assistant in maneuvering across the concrete while their arms and hands move furiously to "hand-kicking" or "hand-pass" the ball. The film features the life of the Rolling Rockets team. For players, Rollaball is just another insouciant pastime, but a mechanism for rising out of poverty. Hopefully, Rollaball will become a Paralympic sport in the future.

Check out the Rollaball trailer!


*Support the Rollaball Movie KickStarter Campaign to help "create awareness about these men, their sport, and the plight of people with disabilities in developing nations."*

Some members of the Rolling Rockets in action!


Source: https://www.facebook.com/rollaballmovie

Remember to watch the Paralympics, Aug 29-Sep 9.





BLACK SKATER CHICK Beatrice Domond

Sak Pase? BLACK SKATER CHICK Fam (that's creole for "what's up?"). We're Back. Allow me to introduce you to our friend Beatrice Domond.

Source: twitter.com/Beatrice_Domond
Beatrice Domond, 19, native to Florida and of Haitian descent has been skating since the age of 5. Beatrice exhibits a chilled-relaxed style making skating off roofs and backside heel flipping look effortless but at the same time entirely sick. Some of her favorite skaters include Vanessa Torres, Dylan Rieder and Collin Provost.

Beatrice would like to see more notoriety for women in skateboarding. She hopes to become a professional skateboarder and construct skate parks in the future. In addition, Beatrice prides herself on three principles, Skate, Fashion and Faith.

Source: http://greenteacigarettes.tumblr.com/ (Beatrice's Tumblr)

*Check out Beatrice's video for entry into the CCS AM  Video Project. Make sure you vote for Beatrice by liking her video, also leave a comment. The CCS AM Project ends August 31st. Let's support this fellow BLACK SKATER CHICK. *





More Skating Footage!



Connect with Beatrice



We Are in The Soulcial Circle

Special Thanks to our friend Eb from The Soulcial Circle for interviewing us and sharing out mission with the Soulcial Circle community. The Soulcial Circle is a website dedicated to social issues, justice and soul music.Check out and support The Soulcial Circle.

The Soulcial Circle,2012