[Documentary] Women’s Skateboarding

As part of the community studies social documentation course at the University of California, Santa Cruz, we were asked to select a medium and to produce a short documentary on a subject of our choice. The subject I choose was women’s skateboarding with a goal of highlighting not only the barriers that continue to exist today, but the rich narrative of women who have been riding since the rise of the sport as well as the recent growth of female skate communities that empower and encourage girls of all ages and abilities to ride with confidence. What you will listen to here is not only an assignment for a course, but a project for the community of women skateboarders all over the world who have ridden and those that continue to push the limits of skateboarding with passion.

Produced 22 November 2009 // Featured Image: Judy Oyama, Photograph by John Krisik.
[Download the full text transcription here]

The Voices

Music from the Piece By:

“Skateboarding” By Jan and Dean. Album: Ride the Wild Surf, Released: 1964.
“Soon it Will be Cold Enough to Build Fires” By Emancipator. Album: Soon It Will be Cold Enough, Released: 2009.
“Billy Bowlegs Blues” By Langtry. Album: As Upon the Road Thereto, Released: 2004.
“You Wish” By Nightmares on Wax. Album: In a Space Outta Sound, Released: 2006.

|Photographs courtesy of their respective owners. Story produced by Patricia Fung 2009 |



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