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Meet The Raddest All Female Skate Crews Of 2018

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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.

Nefarious Skate Crew

Nefarious Skate Crew, otherwise known as the ‘Pizza Appreciation Society’, is a group of fifteen women based in London that are interested in four things; pizza, beer, hangs and skateboarding.

“The Pizza Appreciation Society”

The group was born in early 2016 when the founders met at the Bay Sixty6 skatepark, a mecca for London’s female skate scene. Bonded by their love of skating, they created Nefarious – an all female, all-radical group that’s open to any level of female skater.

Nefarious is a group that makes a point of being socially aware and breaking down social barriers. Whether it be tackling prize money for female comps, or making other women feel more comfortable stepping on to the skate park for the first time, these women are on it (between skates and pizza dates obviously.)

The Skate Kitchen

Fashion and skateboarding are two cultures that have flirted around each other for decades, however never before has a skate crew been embraced by the fash pack quite as much as The Skate Kitchen. This gang of five have already been snapped up by high end designer Miu Miu, featured in Crystal Moselle’s new film and given the seal of approval from Pharrell Williams.

Simple trend followers they are not however, the gang is very much committed to keeping the real spirit of skateboarding front and centre and have openly spoken against skate culture being used as a mainstream trend in interviews, only backing women’s skate fashion that offers real use to female skaters who are traditionally pushed towards adopting male clothing to skate comfortably.

That One Day, a feature film about The Skate Kitchen, recently premiered at Sundance Film Festival to critical praise and is looking for general release later this year. Here’s to seeing a whole lot more of the Skate Kitchen girls in the future….

3) Brujas

Taking their name from the 1986 cult skate film The Skate Witches, this feminist female collective from the Bronx stand for a mix of strong spiritual feminity, intersectional feminism and hard punk values.

Arianna Gil co-founded the group after discovering the depth of the inherent misogyny within skateboarding, while teaching female skate classes in Ohio. On moving back to New York, Gil, along with some friends from the East Village, started Brujas as a female skate collective to go alongside Casino, the entirely male skateboarding group that existed in the city at the time.

“A mix of strong, spiritual feminity, intersectional feminism and hard punk values”

After a Tumblr post of the Brujas went viral, the group found a huge increase of New York’s women searching them out to join their park rides and jam sessions. Looking for a way to take advantage of and grow this suddenly powerful female movement, the founders started Caribbean queer parties called Sucias all around the city.

Now the group is looking to find a space of their own to skate, but don’t intend to separate themselves from their male skateboarder pals completely in the process. “It would be really tight to have one day a week that’s just girls only, though,” Gil explained in a recent interview, “just so we could feel what it’s like for [the guys] for one day.”

4) Longboard Girls Skate Crew

Longboard Girls Crew (LGC) is less of a local female crew and more of a movement. The community, originally founded in Madrid in 2010 to attract more women to the sport of longboarding, has gone supernova and is now the biggest longboard community on the planet.

What is pretty rad about this collective is that as a video based community, not only does their content only feature female skaters, it’s  also entirely produced by women, creating even more female opportunities in other male dominated industries during the process.

Longboard Girls Crew is acknowledged in 180 countries, with official crews and ambassadors in more than 70 of those locations. From the look of their video channels, which continue to grow at an ever increasing rate, this crew shows no sings of slowing down and may, one day in the future, take over the world.

5) Jerusalem Skater Girls

The Jerusalem Skater Girls crew started around the streets of Tel Aviv back in 2015, when founder Maayan Levi, along with local skaters such as Maayan Levi and Anna Katova, decided to group together and put an official face to the female skate movement happening in the Isreali cities around them.

“These female skateboarders are defying more than just gender expectations”

The group has now found international reputation, meeting with members of other female crews such as London’s nefarious girls and the Skateistan movement, and with the photographer David Suchel who has created whole exhibitions of work to the scene they have created.

These female skateboarders are defying more than just gender expectations, many are railing against the wishes of both the surrounding culture and their cautious parents and as they whip around Tel Aviv’s skate parks and into the local Gili’s Skateshop every weekend. The true meaning of a radical skate crew.

6) The Very Old Skateboarders

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably already heard of this awesome group. Set up by three women in their sixties, Very Old Skateboarders is a collective of over 1,000 people who picked up a board later in their life than your average skateboarder.

The group organise huge skate sessions around London, usually hitting up Southbank Skatepark, bringing up the age of the usually teenage crowd and showing the youth what they’ve got to offer. From seasoned pros to complete beginners, the only requirement to join this group is a board and willingness for new experiences.

Photographs of the group are currently being showcased at the OXO Tower in London and the group are heading down on Saturday, 10th February to meet up and have a weekend skate. Are you a London local in search of other skaters? Head along to the tower this weekend for 9am.

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