‘SKATE MAMIS’ … there’s no way to stop a Boricua Woman!! … ‘But Skate Mamis is more than a crew; it’s also a movement for more participation from women in skateboarding culture, competitions included, throughout the archipelago. At present, members are based all over the main island and range in age from about 14 to 28 years old — and, of course, Fernandez is perpetually recruiting.’
A report by Jhoni Jackson for Paper.
Skating at sunrise was a regular thing for teenaged Grace Herndandez. She’d tag along when her mom worked the 6 AM shift at a grocery store in San Juan, Puerto Rico; her mother always said it was too early, but Fernandez would insist, spending all morning at a nearby beachfront skate spot.
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 says.
Fernandez is now 21, and 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…
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