Just You and Your Board

Usually I’m the only girl.

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I first came to Dunbat Skatepark seven years ago.

There were a lot of boards flying around that day.

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“I’m gonna do this. Going out into the battlefield. Don’t get in anyone’s way.”

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I never feel lonely here. Even if I have just ten minutes I can roll over here, catch some sunshine. Be with some friends.

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It’s very much a community.

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I know I have a certain advantage. Growing up with three brothers. And I’ve always had a lot of guy friends.

The only girl, sometimes out of fifty or more dudes. I’m instantly comfortable here.

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So I want to help girls that might feel a little less comfortable.

Support them.

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I love the competition with oneself. It’s not about beating another team.

Just you and your board.

Thanks to Stephanie for sharing her story. Check out Babes Brigade (@babes_brigade), Stephanie’s new skateboard group connecting other women skaters in the city! And make sure to check out her clothing line @_sb_designs_.

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