No longer the baggy denims young boys’ club, lockdown has actually seen a substantial increase in the variety of girls in Scotland using up skateboarding.
During in 2015’s across the country lockdown, the deserted roadways ended up being the best play ground for skaters – with more women and girls amongst them than ever in the past.
Retailers, such as Ozzy’s skate store in Dundee, think ladies skateboarders now comprise about one in 5 males rather of one in 50 a years earlier.
Clan Skates in Glasgow observed the sales of preassembled boards to women in between the ages of 8 to 20 has actually tripled given that last summer season.
“It has been pretty outstanding,” owner Jamie Blair kept in mind. “The future is bright for female skateboarding.”
A desire to use up a brand-new pastime throughout lockdown is one possible description for the abrupt boost.
The launching of skateboarding at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is another.
Over the summer season young beginners have actually been motivated by expert female skateboarders such as Sky Brown, the British-Japanese teen who scooped a bronze medal for Great Britain at simply 13 years of age.
As an outcome, all-women skate collectives throughout the nation have actually begun to form. They offer a safe social area to continue mastering ollies and kickflips and motivate ladies to step onto a board for the extremely very first time.
The Glasgow Girls Skate Club is among the most current groups to launch. Hosting its very first physical meet-up in August, the group’s creators have actually currently produced a group of more than a lots eager skaters.
Anna Sweeney, 27, co-creator of the club, thinks that lockdown pressed a great deal of ladies and women towards the skatepark, while the sport’s launching at this year’s Olympics has actually assisted it acquire a brand name brand-new audience.
“I think the influx of women skateboarding has probably been a product of lockdown leading people to spend more time outdoors and finding new sports and hobbies. I think skating as a whole has totally boomed over the last 18 months,” she discussed.
“I definitely think the Olympics has added to that. The women’s skateboarding events were a total hit this year and it was pretty impossible to not feel inspired by all those amazing young skaters.”
Anna, together with co-founder Kerry, began the skate club as a friendly, inviting intro for other ladies to discover their method into the sport.
“We get a lot of messages from other women who would love to start skating, but find showing up to a skatepark alone pretty intimidating, and maybe don’t have friends who they can skate with,” she stated.
“Despite the increase in female skaters it is still a really male-dominated sport. Even simply finding out to boss around on a board on your own, understanding complete well you’re going to strike the deck a number of times in front of a crowd of complete strangers, isn’t for the faint hearted.
“I know a lot of people really struggle with confidence in busy skateparks, and as a beginner skater it’s so easy to get put off.”
It was for Anna’s own advantage, too.
“I also felt like it would be great to start connecting girls who skate with each other because I often struggle to find someone to skate with. It has been so nice to be in such a big supportive crowd,” she included.
Another such group is SkateBoobs, a skate team for ladies and non-binary individuals in Edinburgh.
“The best way to increase the number of a non-male demographic is these people to show up and skate, which is happening and is great,” stated Eli Campbell, among its members.
“Skating is, and always will be, for everyone.”
Social media is likewise assisting young female skaters discover each other.
The hashtag #GirlSkateScotland has actually spread out through Instagram. Used 130 times given that May, it motivates ladies to participate in the sport whilst likewise offering a platform for women to satisfy similar peers.
Ken Smith, the director of Transgression Skatepark in Edinburgh, stated he thought this increased exposure had actually produced a causal sequence.
“There has been a substantial increase in skating and skateboard sales since lockdown that has definitely been driven by women taking up the sport,” he stated.
“The bulk of our brand-new consumers are women and ladies.
“I don’t think there is any single element to the abrupt modification in mindsets however more a sluggish boost for many years, which now implies there suffice ladies noticeably included.
“The ‘if you see it, you can be it’ factor has kicked in.”