We’re honoured to be able to have met & be surrounded by so many incredible women, from all walks of life & all backgrounds from all different corners of the world through what we do at VC. So what better way to mark International women’s day than with these amazing images by Caylee Hankins from our CAMP VC event of some of the inspiring women that make what we do worthwhile.
Got some time to kill? Check out these rad vids directed by The Berrics - Skate Girls on Urban Outfitters TV 💘
“In the end, you just gotta do what makes you happy.”
Stoked to hang out with the lovely people of Redbull recently and chat VC , VCC & CAMP VC 2018 plans :)
All whilst rolling round 9 months pregnant ! That just have been a real first for them....
Article by Emma Woodcock // Images by Cesare De Giglio
Bikes. Walk into VC London’s Limehouse premises and it’s motorcycles that come at you from all angles. Here’s a mud-splattered enduro machine; there’s a low-slung custom, swollen around messy knuckles of motor. Look to the walls and they’re covered in airbrushed fuel tanks, posters and well-used tool sets. Stand there and breathe in the oily air. All you can think about is throwing a leg over the saddle of one of the bikes and riding away. Luckily, provided you’re a woman, that’s where the VC London trio – Gemma Harrison, Namin Cho and Mai Storni – can help.
To read the full article click here : https://www.redbull.com/gb-en/vc-london-interview
Its that time of year again...GREENFIELD DIRT CAMP IS BACK!
We're super stoked to be involved in another year of this amazing event teaching ladies of all skill levels to go fast & turn left in association with The DTRA & Greenfield Dirt Track
Dirtcamp is a ladies Dirt Track Experience weekend run by the DTRA in conjunction with GREENFIELD DIRT TRACK, VC LONDON & VCC! They supply the bikes, instructors and track for a weekend of dirt track lessons & camping you just bring the good times & your tent ⛺️
Last years event was awesome so you won't wanna miss this one!!!! We have options for a full weekend or single day training. But remember these events have very limited spots & sell out fast so if you think you're interested get over to the webshop and book in over at http://dtra.bigcartel.com
Just a little bit in love with this brilliant TED talk by Nina Moran of The Skate Kitchen... Strength in numbers, teaching each other something new & holding each other up. An awesome message by and awesome woman. x
VC X HOUSE OF VANS //
We had the most incredible night at our VC X HOUSE OF VANS GIRLS NIGHT last Saturday!!
We partied down with hundreds of awesome ladies who came down to skateboard, shoot hoops, cycle, roller-skate, talk motorcycles, get their vans custom painted, their caricatures drawn & support new female run businesses in our all girl marketplace. We met new faces & old, listened to some inspiring women speak in our VC TEAM TALKS & ended it all with a mosh to the incredible Nova Twins all in the name of celebrating, supporting & empowering women & having one damn good time.
A massive thanks to all the brands, collectives, film makers, photographers, speakers, the VC team & everyone who came down & partied with us.
Finally a huge thanks to our amazing sponsors House of Vans, VANS, INSTAX & STANCE SOCKS for always being awesome! Keep your eyes on out for our next big event ;)
Images by the amazing Sarah Emma Smith & Stacey Pallister
Loving this new series of articles called Babes & Bruises by Girls Are Awesome telling stories of some amazing ladies & how they earned their war wounds.
Introducing our new series of stories, where girls who ride tell us about epically bailing and show us their bloody kneecaps. No pain, no gain, right?
- GIRLS ARE AWESOME
Girls who ride know that failing is part of the game. After all, no pain, no gain, right? So welcome to “Babes & Bruises”: a series where we ask riders to show us their brag-worthy bruises, tell us how they went down and explain how they kept pushing afterwards, bloody kneecaps be damned.
Meet 23-year-old, London-based shredder Carla Calero, aka Carlita the Gypsy. Although she claims to suck at riding ramps, she’s been a staple of the UK skate scene for quite a few years and has been covered by mags like Coven and Girls Skate UK. Like many other skaters, she’s had to deal with a pretty inconvenient injury—so we got the lowdown on what happened and how to keep the stoke alive when you’re forced into a temporary break-up with your skateboard.
GIRLS ARE AWESOME: Hi, Carla. How did you get into skating and how often do you hit the streets?
I just wanted to learn; I always found skateboarding such an interesting thing. It’s a way to express yourself. I usually skate like twice per week, probably six hours in total. It depends on the weather, obviously.
Do you prefer street skate or ramps?
I’d rather skate street; I’m terrible at ramp. I feel more comfy hitting a rail or a bank, but I can also have fun on a ramp, even though I suck.
Tell us about your injury. What went down?
I’ve been in the game for five years and last year I tore my ACL [Anterior Cruciate Ligament] and meniscus.
SUPER STOKED to announce our next big VC event in collab with House of Vans London!
Presenting the VC X HOUSE OF VANS GIRLS NIGHT
Saturday 2nd December // 5pm- 10pm
House of Vans London - 228-232 Station Approach Rd,
London SE1 8SW
On Saturday December 2nd we’re hooking up with the legendary House of Vans London to present a night showcasing, celebrating & supporting awesome women taking the road less travelled to share their stories & inspire others to get involved.
We’ve got a massive line up from our next edition of LIVE TEAM TALKS & discussions with inspiring women from skate legend LUCY ADAMS to pioneers of the open road like, the first English women to ride around the world solo in the early 1980’s, ELSPETH BEARD, ALL FEMALE COLLECTIVES - from motorcycles, basketball collectives, velodrome riders, skate crews to roller skating collectives for you to talk to & get involved with, an ALL FEMALE MARKET PLACE with everything from female run brands to female illustrators LIVE PAINTING & monogramming your boards helmets & Vans, GALLERY SHOW by female adventure photographers, FILM SCREENINGS from female adventure film directors, LIVE MUSIC, demos, WORKSHOPS from screen printing to , GIVEAWAYS , SKATE COMPS & loads more!
All by girls for girls.
Well be dropping more info on who's coming down & who's involved in the night on here & on our instagram in the run up but r more info & to sign up to the House of Vans Facebook events page for updates click HERE!
"I ride to clear my head" is something that you hear many women talk about in terms of riding no matter whether that be a skateboard, bicycle or motorcycle. No matter which facet of outdoors & adventure you are involved in, the common place factor between many of us seems to be the positive effect that time spent in the places you love doing the things you love has on your mind & wellbeing. It’s this very relationship between womens mental health & the outdoors that has led the people behind Women In Adventure and Shextreme to conduct a groundbreaking survey into the relationship between womens mental health & adventure & the outdoors & you can be a part of it.
The first survey of its kind to be conducted, with the help of as many women experiencing outdoor & adventure sports as possible, the team aim to be able to put the findings to good use to empower women & raise awareness on mental health issues but also to communicate their findings with brands, businesses, initiatives & news outlets to create a better understanding.
“Instinctively we know being outside is good for our soul, it makes us feel alive” says Women In Adventure. “However, there is a lack of accessible information showing how and to what extent it impacts our lives. Aside from proving there is a positive association between the outdoors and mental wellbeing, we would like this project to empower women and raise awareness of an often under-discussed topic.” - Women in Adventure
We think its an incredible initiative with the results being put to brilliant use to highlight & address womens mental health & the ways we deal with mental health issues. If you have a spare few minutes its well worth the time. All information you give will be kept anonymous but if you choose your input can be added to the advice & inspiration page of their website (well worth a look to find some inspiring words from fellow women experiencing the outdoors from their own perspective).
Inspiring interview with female flat track legend Shana Texter by Kristin Marguerite Doige for GOOD SPORTS.
With a blond ponytail whipping out of her helmet, standing at five feet tall, weighing just 95 pounds, Shayna Texter is the all-American, fresh-faced female rider leading the pack in American Flat Track, a highly competitive, male-dominated motorcycle racing sport.
She’s one of just two professional female riders currently competing in the sport — and she’s thriving. Texter posted five wins in 2017 and finished the American Flat Track Singles championship series in third place. In 2011, she became the first female to win a main event in AFT history with her singles win at Knoxville Raceway and followed up that landmark win with another seven during the next three years. Recently, she trained with Jay Leno.
She is the latest generation from a family of Flat Track racers, and competes alongside her successful brother, Cory Texter, who is also a professional in the series and races in the AFT Twins class. They are one of the few brother-sister duos to compete in the highest level of motorsports.
One of her greatest personal setbacks was the passing of her father in 2010, who was also a professional flat track racer and served as her inspiration to get involved with the sport.
But Texter’s determination is in her blood. A fierce and respected competitor on the race track, she’s a kind, thoughtful soul in her free time — enjoying country music, fishing, and time with family and friends. She’s also a devoted advocate interested in inspiring the next generation of girls. Here’s what she had to say when GOOD caught up with her:
Is being petite an advantage in your sport? Did it affect which sports you played/participated in as a child?
My size never affected which sports I played as a child. Beside motorcycles, my second love growing up was soccer. I played soccer for more than 10 years on a travel team and for my school before calling it quits in 10th grade to focus primarily on flat track. Being petite has its advantages and disadvantages in flat track racing. The tracks with high speeds and a draft, my smaller body allows me tuck more down the straightaway and cut through the wind better. However, the smaller tracks where you really have to muscle the bike around and use your body to get the bike turned is more of a struggle for me. I also struggle a lot more with rear-end grip on slippery racetracks, because I do not have the weight and the body size like some of my competitors do to get my body up over the rear wheel.
How does the sport balance athleticism with safety? How do you view it personally?
The American Flat Track series tries to put safety at the top. At every round, riders have to wear a full leather suit, leather gloves, boots, a DOT-approved helmet, and back protector. The tracks that have walls also have air bag fencing that is deployed in front of the walls in the high impact sections of the racetrack. American Flat Track also has multiple observers to check on the racetrack at all times throughout the day for safety, and we have lights and certain flags to notify us riders while on the track.
This year for our CAMP VC 2017 event we were lucky enough to team up with the legendary Honda to help bring the event to life.
Alongside camping, Enduro, dirt biking, skateboarding, live music, live talks and even some disco bingo we managed to teach & support over 40 ladies into giving riding a go for the first time with the help of the mighty Leah Tokelove & the DTRA all using the Honda CRF 125 mini dirt bike.
The amazing Costa Sisters have absolutely smashed it again with this video from CAMP VC 2017..... This is exactly what the weekend was about.. Rad ladies riding, dirt burning, shredding, old friends & new ones , and one hell of a party! Argh! We can't wait to show you what ever got lined up for next year at CAMP VC!
A huge thanks to Costa Sisters & The incredible Pearl Harts for the tune
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In 2008, French motocross rider Livia Lancelot won the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championshipand became the first ever women’s world champion in the history of motocross. This victory came right in the middle of a shifting conversation within the world of action sports: rather than talking about the best champions, people were increasingly talking about why more women weren’t becoming the best champions. Gender imbalance and action sports have traditionally gone hand in hand, and motocross is no exception. However, things are tangibly improving on that front: since the Powder Puff National in 1974 – the first big female motocross race in the U.S. – we’ve seen an influx of competitions pop up specifically giving props to female athletes. There’s the WMX championship series, the X Games, the Endurocross series, just to name a few; and in the 2000s, women’s motocross became an official part of the AMA Pro National series, one of the world’s most prestigious motocross championships. And it’s not just about organisations moving to include women, too. Traditional motocross audiences want to see more women excelling in the sport, as exemplified by Vicki Golden: despite being the first woman in the Freestyle Motocross competition at LA’s X Games 2013 and despite competing against prominent male riders, she earned a bronze medal based off of real-time voting from people tuning into the competition on Twitter.
The impact of including women in motocross culture has been so tangible that women are increasingly participating in the sport even in countries like Iran, where women are banned from riding motorcycles in public. On the wave of this momentum, Girls are Awesome caught up with Livia about what it’s like being the only girl at the start line and what the women’s scene in motocross is like today.
A massive thanks to San Miguel for asking us to be a part of their 2017 San Miguel Rich List this year alongside some incredible people who value experience over possessions & pursue a different kind of wealth in life 🙌 .
Also a massive thanks to Jody Daunton for the amazing London memory. Pure magic to ride over London Bridge at sunrise with no one else around 🙌
In love with this post from CAMP VC 2017 by Paula Viidu for her blog.
As part of the all girl skate crew Nefarious Paula is a yoga instructing, skateboard pushing, surf loving, snowboarding (and now she can add moto riding to her repetoir after CAMP VC) badass & can be found teaching her new Yoga class - Ride Yoga Ride Yoga - a new take on Dynamic Yoga classes, specifically tailored for people active in board sports, such as snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing. Check it out! x
'A weekend of motorcycles & skateboarding with 250 radical women? You’ve arrived at Camp VC.....'
The first weekend of August, all things good collided and Camp VC took place. VC girls, Nefarious crew and around 200 other radical ladies of the highest caliber headed to Brecon Beacon-Wales for a jolly good time.
If you’re unfamiliar with VC London then, VC is a group of women passionate about riding bikes and everything around it. They’re coolest of the cool (ice cold!) and for the second year running, they organised a camp to meet likeminded ladies and share their love for bikes. This year, they invited Nefarious crew to come along to add skateboarding to the mix. For the latter, Vans Europe and Lonely Pony Studio built the most perfect mini a gal can ask for and voila, there you’ve a recipe for the best weekend evaaa.
Great to get a ride in before the CAMP VC madness started in Wales with the lovely people of LEVIS & STYLIST MAGAZINE ❤️
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE : http://pages.stylist.co.uk/fashion/breaking-up-the-boys-club/
Missing CAMP VC as much as we are ??? ..... Well maybe this'll help to get you through till next year. The amazing Costa Sisters have come through with some incredible shots ahead of their official CAMP VC video coming soon.
Ahhh take us back to that sunny hillside with beers, bikes & birds ;) .... Oh well you'll just have wait to see what we've got planned for next year :)