Skate Mamis is a Puerto Rico-based skateboarding movement encouraging more girls to pick up the sport.
Founded by 21-year-old Grace Fernandez, the group is made up of skaters aged 14-28 from all over the island. Skateboarding became a means of channeling energy for Fernandez; she likens it to meditation.
“I go out on my skateboard, and I’m focused on something else, not problems, or what happened during a bad day.”
she said to Papermag. For about two years she’s been rallying other girls to reap the same benefits. She created the collective Skate Mamis to empower girls and women skateboarders, whether in their shaky beginnings or of a sturdier skillset, through mutual hype and support. That early stage is where the encouragement-in-crew makes its biggest impact:
“I never said skateboarding is easy.”
she says. Skate Mamis is more than a crew, it’s a movement for more participation from women in skateboarding culture, competitions included, throughout the archipelago and of course, Fernandez is perpetually recruiting.
As well as releasing a new set of merchandise, they are also currently involved in the shooting and crowdfunding of a short film, See Ya L8R, about the intersection of skateboarding and the queer community. The film’s writer and director, Ana Paula Teixeira, photographed Fernandez and other Skate Mamis (above).
Follow Skate Mamis on Instagram @skatemamis.
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