Girls & Longboarding: A Match Made in Every Skater’s Hell
In recent years longboarding has most definitely grown in terms of its huge rise in popularity. So it was inevitable that eventually, the ladies of the world were going to stake their claim against the boys to show them that they too could tackle the sport; with ease, grace and a sheer sense of attitude that only a girl can provide. So what exactly is to blame for the recent rise in women beginning to dominate the sport of longboarding? Let’s find out.
To start, for the vast majority of those who are quite familiar with the sports of both skateboarding and longboarding, you are well aware of the fact they are both far more than simply extreme sports. They are a culture and a way of life; a culture that has always been more than welcoming to women who seek to not only give it a try but to actually get really damn good at it. While of course, women have long been dominating certain competitions such as surfing, snowboarding, and freestyle boarding, for some reason it seemed like longboarding, for an extensive period of time was placed on the backburner for the desire of women to pick up. And quite honestly, there is no direct answer as to why that is.
While longboarding has always been a welcoming culture regardless of age or gender, it remains all too clear that perhaps one of the main reasons that women are increasingly flocking to the sport of longboarding, is plain and simply the fact that more and more women are taking an active interest in extreme sports and extreme sport competitions. And if they can’t or just don’t want to do one sport they are going to actively search out one that fits their passions; and that particular passion may just be the sport of longboarding.
There are a couple of really great examples with regards to women starting (or more aptly put, growing in numbers) to compete competitively in extreme sports. For example, for a number of years, there were a handful of women who dominated freestyle surfing during the summer X-Games, and even more who owned the snowboarding circuit during the winter X-Games. That is up until the past 5 years or so where the rise in numbers has grown drastically. Why? Women help to bring in crowds. People actually want to see them compete and crush the competition. This, of course, has opened the doors to various competitions such as Big Whip, Moto-X and of course, longboarding.
On the California scene, longboarding has long been a great way to simply hit the pavement as a means to a successful and super easy way to get around the busy summer sidewalks. With that being said, there are most definitely a ton of other highly beneficial implications with such an increasing number of girls adopting the longboarding culture. Perhaps one of the most notable benefits is the overall health and fitness role. It is, of course, no huge surprise that longboard athletes, along with other extreme sports athletes, have an excellent grasp of how their bodies work and what is needed in order to perform at such high levels. And longboarding can significantly improve your physical and mental attributes. When combined with good nutrition and rest, longboarding for women can have a great impact on the overall physical and neural development.
Another highly beneficial aspect is just how in particular the entry of girls into the longboarding sport have and will continue to transform the onset of various professional competitions. As previously noted, we have seen throughout the past decade a vast number of women who have actively begun to compete in extreme sports competitions. In fact, it has been estimated that in less than 5 years from now, female longboarding competitions will become a major event in the competitive extreme sports circuit; with thousands of more women on social media showing off their own skills.
If you are looking to get involved in longboarding, you will first have to get your hands on all of the protective gear you will need, including a helmet, pads for your knees and elbows, and slide gloves. All of which are designed to protect you from breaking your bones. Because when you are learning longboarding, you are going to fall numerous times, it’s inevitable!
It should also be noted that contrary to the common misconception and popular belief, extreme sports are not necessarily as dangerous as they may appear to the outside world. One thing, however, that is completely unacceptable and all too often leads to dangerous situations, is that of utter and complete negligence. Another thing to add is that longboarding is far more than simply skating; it is a culture and way of life that you will be representing. And you will find yourself welcomed into the sport, regardless of whatever your gender, age, religion, or ethnicity may be. One of the best aspects of longboarding is that virtually everyone is welcome and accepted as an equal