For women in a male dominated sport, feeling accepted and finding your tribe can be difficult. All female skaters know the feeling of being the only girl stepping on to a busy park, then having all eyes on them to see if they can drop in and kickflip along with the boys.
Over the last couple of years, the skate scene has experienced a surge in female representation. The female talent that has always existed under the surface of UK skating has been bubbling over. As it finally gets picked up on a bigger platform, female skate crews have started to pop off in London, Brighton and further afield.
Girl Skate UK is bringing women together for regular skate jams, women like Jenna Selby are making female led skate films that bring new levels of exposure to the scene, and festivals as huge as Sundance are now seeing entrees inspired by the women of skate. In so many ways, there’s never been a better time to have a vagina and own a skateboard.
Here are six of the biggest and baddest female skate crews making waves right now. From right here in the UK, to as far afield as Jerusalem and the Bronx, these women are just the very peak of a much bigger movement of female empowerment, that’s bringing the spirit of punk back into the world of skateboarding.