The Rugged Riders, a female skateboard/snowboard crew, are holding their annual all-girl freestyle snowboarding clinic and contest in several cities over the next few weeks. It’s a great chance for women at all levels of skill in snowboarding to practice, learn, and meet fellow enthuiasts. For more details and to register, go to the Rugged Riders website.
I profiled a related group of female skateboarders, the Skirtboarders, in a past issue of Shameless, so if you want to read more about these groundbreaking ladies, check it out here.
You can also read a good article about the formation of Rugged Riders here, in this article in the Montreal Mirror. Here’s a choice quote to get you started:
“It’s absolutely ridiculous,” scoffs Butler, a quick-witted 23-year-old Concordia business student with a decade of boarding behind her. “Women make up for at least half the retail snowboard market but the major companies still aren’t investing back into the community through sponsorships for girls. But this is going to change. The woman’s snowboarding scene is about to explode and Rugged Riders is the bomb. We’re doing all we can to encourage girls to get involved and basically, to stand up for themselves. Girls deserve a place too.”