Photo essay: GRLSWIRL skateboarders go big with inclusion, inspiration and philanthropy
This Is What Female Empowerment In Board Sports Looks Like at a Grassroots Level
ADVENTURE SPORTS NETWORK
In July, GRL SWIRL partnered with Changing Tides FoundationOpens a New Window. to bring the ethos of community and camaraderie to life. Their first event, Untamed Daughters, was a small affair, with 50 women included in the invite-only day. Gathering together on the beach near the infamous Venice Skate Park, we surfed, skated, cleaned up the beach and capped off the day with an after party.
Untamed Daughters is an event experience, conceptualized by Changing Tides Foundation and GrlSwirl, to bring together untamed, unconventional and adventurous women for a day of community, environment, action sports and empowerment.
Lucy Osinski's GRLSWIRL is Empowering Women and Making Skateboarding
CBS THIS MORNING
Grlswirl, a grassroots, all-female skate community from Venice, California, and an all-female team consisting of a photographer, videographer, journalist, and translator ventured to migrant refugee shelters in Tijuana. In this Matador Original video, the crew of 10 women journey to three shelters with trunks packed full of 100 new skateboards and much-needed donations with the goal of teaching migrant children the basics of skateboarding.
“Grlswirl aims to lessen the competitive aspect of the skate community by showing girls that it is okay to be a beginner, something that often discourages girls to get involved in the sport.”
“It’s about just pushing yourself, trying your best and motivating each other to be a better skater, person, better friend."
“Now Osinski and her co-rollers are leaders of a movement: GRLSWIRL has 170 members in their 20s and 30s and organizes group skates every two weeks.”
“Formed about a year ago, GRLSWIRL is a community of female-identifying skaters of all levels who get together every two weeks in Venice to cruise and help each other grow. Tonight, there are about two dozen skaters here, from 5-year-old Penny to Natalie from London who got on a board for the first time at age 32.”
“If you’ve ever been to Venice Beach, you’ve most likely seen these stoke chasers leaving their mark on the infamous streets of the west side.”
“Every time you learn how to drop into a new bowl or skate down a hill, you’re overcoming a fear and that translates into the rest of your life as well.”
“GRLSWIRL is a female skate group based out of Venice, LA. With a mission statement like ‘Female skate sisterhood focused on bringing femininity to skate’, you just know we’d be instantly obsessed.”
“In the video, Lucy Jean gracefully skateboards her way through Venice Beach, wearing Repetto ballet flats and a long, flowing dress.”
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“It’s really a tight-knit town. Everyone knows each other. It has a lot of grassroots in it and I feel GRLSWIRL could be one of things that helps Venice hold on to that.”
“In Venice Beach, California, the all-women skate crew GRLSWIRL takes its cues from the smooth, graceful style of the 1970’s to create an atmosphere for women to take up the sport without judgment or inhibitions.”
“There’s Lucy, who started GRLSWIRL, an all-girl skate crew taking over the parks in Venice…”
“Let's say you're walking down the Venice boardwalk, eating a soft serve and trying not to feel guilty about it after passing the weightlifters at Muscle Beach. Suddenly, a group of fifty girls on skateboards zoom by you on all sides…”
“A group of girl skateboarders in Venice find there's courage in numbers and their collective GRLSWIRL.”