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Ms. Monthly – What You Miss’d In April

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” ~ Amelia Earhart

With the release of this article, Ms. Monthly officially celebrates it’s 1-year anniversary. It’s hard to believe that it has already been a whole year, but it just goes to show that if you have an idea and the will to execute it, the rest falls into place.

That mindset applies to so many parts of life whether it’s skating, school, or work. Instead of pondering endlessly about what the best strategy is to get something done, just get out there and do it. So much time can be wasted just by becoming overwhelmed with the size or the difficulty of a task. When you get into the mindset of just doing it, no matter what it involves, you’ll find that the tasks become easier with time and effort.

And so, here’s to the end of Ms. Monthly – Season 1, having fun and getting shit done. Oh yeah, and here’s what you Miss’d in April.

[Feature Photo: Noelia Otegui]

MISS’D PHOTO OF THE MONTH

Spanish rider Anita freestyling in beautiful Granada. Photo: Luca Longboards

Spanish rider Anita freestyling in beautiful Granada. Photo: Luca Longboards

MISS’D MEDIA

Emily Pross & Team Broke Off teamed up to film Emily crushing the runs that North Carolina has to offer.


Lorenza Walker from Norway took a trip to Japan earlier this month and found herself fully immersed in both the culture and skate community. Check out her adventures.

Jenna Russo and I had our full length video Wanderlost drop. Whether you’re into downhill, freeride, freestyle or dancing, there’s a little bit of awesome for everyone! Also read the full travel diary here!

Xiao Fu from China has been secretly slaying the freestyle game for the past year. With a deep bag of tricks, watch out for this girl in the coming months. Give her a follow @z_xiaofu

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Sabrina Ambrosi takes us for a raw run down one of her local runs in San Luis, Argentina. She’s in the purple sweater!

MISS’D RACING NEWS

The IDF season was officially in full swing in April. The first stop in April was at Veggie Hill in the Philippines during the Visayan Longboard Trilogy. This race had 12 ladies participate and saw Rachel Bruskoff (USA), Elissa Mah (New Zealand), and Jenny Schauerte (Germany) take 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively. The next weekend was the first annual YuPing Longboard Open in Ya’an, China. This inaugural event had 6 women participate and saw Jenny Schauerte come out on top, Elissa Mah and Anna Pixner (Austria) finish second and third.

Beautiful friendships and experiences are formed thanks to this sport we all love. Podium at Veggie Hill.

Beautiful friendships and experiences are formed thanks to this sport we all love. Podium at Veggie Hill.

Elissa Mah railing a right at the YuPing Longboarding Open.

Elissa Mah railing a right at the YuPing Longboarding Open.

The last weekend of April saw two more IDF World Qualifying Series races – Karera sa Lumban in the Philippines and Laguna DH in Mexico. 5 riders came out for Karera sa Lumban, with the final results seeing Elissa Mah take first, Lorraine Ramirez (Philippines) take second and Abigail Viloria (Philippines) take third. At Laguna DH, Valeria Figueroa (Mexico), Gogo Gtz (Mexico), and Sylvia Mena (Costa Rica) took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively.

The IDF standings after the first 3 months of racing are as follows:
1st: Emily Pross (US)
2nd: Elissa Mah (NZ)
3rd: Grace Wong (NZ)

Valeria leading the womens finals at Laguna DH.

Valeria leading the womens finals at Laguna DH.

In non-IDF racing news, the North Carolina Downhill Race at Mt. Jefferson happened April 23-24. Emily Pross continued to break barriers by finishing 8th in open against some of North America’s fastest racers.

Emily Pross leading the pack at NCDH. Photo: Mark Newsham

Emily Pross leading the pack at NCDH. Photo: Mark Newsham

WORD ON THE STREET

So You Can Longboard Dance – the world’s biggest longboard freestyle competition – brought together ladies from all across the world to Eindhoven, Netherlands during the first weekend of April. This year, the level of both sponsored and amateur riders was at an all-time high. At the sponsored level, Deborah Keser (Germany) took first, Giulia Alfeo (Germany) took second, and Femke Bosma (Netherlands) took third. For a full set of photos and videos from the event, check out the official SYCLD Facebook Page.

Frau Blume hang fiving through the crowd. Photo: Mari Arndt

Frau Blume hang fiving through the crowd. Photo: Mari Arndt

Major media outlets continue to feature longboarding on an international level. Sirley Tabares from Colombia was featured on ESPN Deportes. BBC also feature Longboard Girls Crew and their past endeavors here. Both pieces of media are in Spanish so turn on that Google translate or try to watch with captions!

In the world of art, Longboard Larry recently released their latest deck, the Cole Kurtz Pro Mole. The graphic for this beautiful deck was created by the talented Alicia Fillback. Fellow skater-artist, Ishtar Backlund also found herself in India earlier this month and teamed up with Skate Like A Girl to host a joint longboard workshop and Longboard Girls Crew OPEN screening!

Alicia Fillback's graphic for the LBL Mole.

Alicia Fillback’s graphic for the LBL Mole.

MISS’D SKATEBOARDING NEWS

Cindy Whitehead, founder of Girl Is Not A 4 Letter Word, was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame earlier this month. A huge congratulations from all of us at Skate Slate! More to come from GN4LW and Skate Slate and hopefully an interview soon here.

The Girls Skate Network blog cam is back in full effect with Lisa Whitaker filming and editing the most entertaining girls skateboarding media out there!

12-year old Zoe Safanda from Northern California drops a high energy visual diary of some of the places she’s skated over the past couple of months.

Mahfia TV presents us with a skate session featuring Mariah Duran, Savannah Headden and Annie Guglia in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Edited by Erik Sandoval.

And finally, skating, snacking, loitering and adventuring their way through California as part of a 6 month van life trip, check out this epic adventure. Featured in the video: Bronwen, Ryleigh, Kirby, Rachel, Nika, Stacy, Minna, Caro, MoMo (border collie), Tallulah (collie) Hank (French Bulldog), a yawning elephant seal and of course, the star of our show, Buttercup the 82 Vanagon.

THAT’S IT FOR THIS MS. MONTHLY – I’M OUT!

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!

[Check out past Ms. Monthly articles here]
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