Puerto Rico’s Skate Mamis Empowers Girls to Skateboard

‘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.’

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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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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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