MORAN I very much care that mental health issues are less taboo because it reduces stigma and assumptions, which can be very painful for people suffering from mental illness. I have a story and I plan to share it the Jed Foundation, but I’m not talking about it yet, because it has not happened yet. [Laughs.] But it’s in the works.
I took a break to do the things mentioned “Girl Sessions” a while because Covid was really bad – a girls session is when I post a pamphlet like “Open Skate”, and then whoever wants to come. There are a lot of girls coming from all over, and everyone is learning from each other. I think it’s getting better to be outside again, so I’m going to start doing girl sessions soon.
RUSSELL I love Tony Hawk – he’s such a cool person and he’s so wonderful. But when I was younger, I did not see that I wanted to start seeing people like him skateboard. The skateboarding world was for white men at the time. The things that are advertised and printed on us, like long blonde hair, blue eyes, bare tattoos – I have not seen a place there, and it is discouraging if it is something you are interested in and do not want to do . t see anyone who looks like you in the field. So I just put myself out there. My love for skateboarding outweighed my fear of not fitting into the skating world.
VINBERG I’m going to post my skating on Instagram. Social media is a big reason why women skateboarding has lasted all these years, because kids in areas where there are not many girls skating or skateboarders in general, see people online and feel connected.
MOON BEER I’m going to start uploading to YouTube again. I did a kickflip challenge, and I have not completed it yet, but people were watching to see if I got it or not. I still have a few months left to get it. So I will do my kickflips in 2021.
LOVELACE For me, it’s just about more contact with the community. Because things are really busy on my part, but I’m really trying to make sure I’m going to skate and meet new people, whether it’s boys or girls. Being in that atmosphere is why I’m even here now. I’m just thinking of encouraging other girls and people who skateboard to do it – if they want, I can teach them a little bit. But it’s just about enjoying yourself.
VINBERG People sometimes say to us, ‘You are not benefits.’ And it’s like, “Why would we be pro-skateboarders walking around? We’re normal girls, and that’s OK. “We do not have to be the best of the best, and that’s not the point. A big part of “Betty” just shows it.