Ms. Monthly – What You Miss’d In January

Welcome back to our regularly scheduled programming! January graced us with yet another outstanding batch of skate media and news from all corners of the world. From fast downhill runs in Europe to graceful dancing in Korea, freeriding in South America to street skating in the US, ladies from all over the world have been sharing their love for this sport within their local and global communities. As always, a massive thank you to every one who creates and participates – you make this all possible! Now without further ado, here’s what you miss’d in January.

[Feature Photo: Noelia Otegui]


Amanda Calaio is one of the best downhill skaters in Los Angeles. Even then, accidents happens. Last year, Amanda had to have her ACL reconstructed after a high speed crash on one of her local Malibu runs. After what seemed like endless months of rehab, strengthening and conditioning, Amanda was finally able to get back on board this month. It’s been absolutely incredible watching her bounce back from her injury and not only fearlessly embrace longboarding again, but also take up surfing and snowboarding. Here’s a big HELL YES to Amanda for her successful road to recovery!

That smile though! Photo: Amanda Powell

That smile though! Photo: Amanda Powell


Jenny Schauerte from Germany tackles the mountain roads of Alicante, Spain with speed and style. Turns out she’s not just a badass downhill skater, but also a talented graphic artist. Check out some of her work here!

Victor’s Board Shop out of Korea has brought us some of the smoothest dancers and freestylers in the world over the past few years. This time around, they introduce new rider ByeolChoLong Kim a.k.a ZZirong.

Looking for a dose of freeride and street? Alicia Fillback has just what you need with this edit put together by partner in crime Carmen Shafer.

Sirley Euskadi from Medellin, Colombia shared this awesome raw run of herself flying down a local downhill run. This is a newcomer I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on.

Josefa Porter from Chile and Zulema Lee from Peru come together for a fun freeride session. I hope to see more videos with multiple female riders in the future!


The Bayou Battle in Houston, Texas hosted by NoBull went down from January 8-10. For those of you don’t know what this event is all about, imagine this. A 9 story garage, heats of 6, and NO RULES. That means all the grabbing, pushing, pulling, and rowdy maneuvers you want! [More from Riley Harrison here on Skate[Slate].com] Local Kacey Moon came first, Canadian shredder Anna O’Neill came second, and Colorado’s Candice Dungan came third! For a full video recap, Girls Gone Fast has everything you might have miss’d!

King of Kona, went down the next weekend in Jacksonville, Florida. Last year’s Queen of Kona, Neena Schueller was in attendance alongside some of my other favorite skaters, Ysabel Mireles, Molly Lewis, and this year’s Queen of Kona, Jamie Nieves. The Golden Gate Park Race in San Francisco was also smashing success. Local ladies including Carly Bizama, Laura Nocka and Yvonne Byers were there to hold it down for both the race and the slide jam!

Laura Nocka and Carly Bizama taking a doubles run. Photo: Elizabeth Osgood

Laura Nocka and Carly Bizama taking a doubles run. Photo: Elizabeth Osgood

Yvonne Byers poking out a toeside at the slide jam. Photo: Andrew Medeiros

Yvonne Byers poking out a toeside at the slide jam. Photo: Andrew Medeiros

The Guajataca Downhill Race in Puerto Rico wrapped up the last weekend of the month with Nashley Alameda taking 1st, Yashira taking 2nd, and Nayhomi Cruz taking third. During the slide jam, Keyla Dennise held it down for the ladies and even made it to the top ten finals! We’re also sending out healing vibes to Possala Wang who we hear dislocated her shoulder racing.

Nashley taking the last corner and the win at the 2016 Guajataca Downhill race.

Nashley taking the last corner and the win at the 2016 Guajataca Downhill race.

Finally, next month also marks the start of the 2016 IDF season. The first races will be held in Australia at Mt. Keira and in New Zealand at Mt. Ruapehu, respectively. The El Naranjo Downhill Fest in Puerto Rico will also be underway.


S’pin, a female dedicated print magazine conceptualized by Maria Arndt is on the verge of publication. If you haven’t already, subscribe to their mailing list and support the initiative here. In other media news, Marie Bougourd has started a new instagram account called @womendownhill to keep you up to date on all the happenings in womens downhill this IDF season.

Industry trade shows have been a hotbed for networking, collaboration, and sharing new ideas. Last month, ISPO 2016 in Munich, Germany saw leading ladies from Longboard Girls Crew (Valeria Kechichian), Girls in Longboarding (Maria Arndt), and Chixx On Board (Tanja Angst) come together and support one another. SIA 2016 in Denver, Colorado also saw ladies like Tara Tate (Arbor), Christine Breakell Lee (XS Helmets) come together and advocate for women in board sports. This is what I love to see. #WomenSupportingWomen

Some of the women in the longboard industry who work to get more exposure for other women and make things happen! Tanja Angst from @chixxsonboard who supports & promotes women in all actions sports through exposure and events in Switzerland and Europe. @valeriakechichian from Longboard Girls Crew (haha it's me). And @mari_aprilfool from @girlsinlongboarding and @spin_skate, photographer (check @girlsinlongboarding out!) and now about to launch the first women-focused longboard magazine. We love each other and support us endlessly. Women unite! We are the ones we've been waiting for, let's keep working for change! #longboardgirlscrew #womensupportingwomen #girlsinlongboarding #chixxsonboard #ispo #likeagirl #workforchange

A photo posted by Longboard Girls Crew (@longboardgirlscrew) on Jan 25, 2016 at 7:36am PST


Kate Shengeliya from Moscow throws down banger street lines in her best of 2015 edit!

The Vans Girls Combi Pool Classic took place January 22-23 in Orange County, Calfornia. The best lady shredders from across the world duked it out and when all the dust settled, 15-year old Australian Poppy Starr came out on top at her first pro competition, Lizzie Armanto took second and Nora Vasconcellos took third. For all the media coverage surrounding this event, check out GN4W’s curated article.


I know, I know. I probably missed a million and one things. Leave a comment below so that I don’t miss things next time around!


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