09/17/17

Back To School Girls Only Skate Jam

On September 10, 2017, Skate Girls Tribe organized a skateboarding contest at Lake Fairfax Skatepark in Virginia. Many girl shredders from the DMV area signed up for the contest. Prizes were provided by Vans and sPACYcLOUd and included snapbacks, sneakers, shades, stickers, wallets, bandannas, and string bags.

Skate Girls Tribe

With its central mission to inspire women in action sports, Skate Girls Tribe is honored to bring Girls Only skateboard jam and the creative culture of skateboarding to DMV.
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Winners of the contests:

Flow:
1st Mia Charles
2nd Pia Saclauso
3rd Sidney Ramos

Bowl Contest:
1st Alexis Williams,
2nd Mia Charles
3rd Pia Saclauso

Game of Skate:
1st Mia Charles
2nd Sidney Ramos
3rd Alexis Williams

Skate Girls Tribe

We are proud and inspired by all girls shredders who participated at the event. Thanks for making the Back To School Girls Only Skate Jam awesome!

Skate Girls Tribe

S/O to Castle IX, a media and music production team, for hosting the event. They helped with judging the contests and kept our ladies energized with fresh tunes.
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Thanks to Vans for providing awesome prizes.

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Thanks to sPACYcLOUd for sponsoring and organizing the event and providing prizes.

sPACYcLOUd

 

08/31/17

Fantástico: Skate Girls Tribe Travels To Cuba ~ by Tati Kolina

Skate Girls Tribe took to the streets of Havana earlier this month, and it was truly a life changing experience. Before the trip, though, so many people warned us about contracting the Zika Virus, being arrested for simply being Americans, that we would not be able to get visas, not find food, and, most importantly, that we would not be welcomed by the Cuban skate community. In other words, we had no idea what to expect, but thankfully our trip surpassed all expectations.

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We stayed in the Havana, and were immediately immersed in their culture of art, music, poetry, dancing, architecture and historical monuments. It really felt like being in a 1960s movie, that we had gone back in time with the deep thrum of old Cadillac, Chevys, Dodges, Buicks, Fords and other cars that were brand new when John F. Kennedy was the President of the United States. We also saw Russian cars imported between  the Cuban Revolution in 1959 and the fall of the Soviet Union in early ‘90s. There were Vases, Jigulis, and Ladas which was a reminder of USA-Soviet Union presence in Cuba and the tensions were still felt in the air.

Cuban Cars

We arrived on Aug. 15, a couple of days before our skating contests and had time to stroll through Old Havana. We were directed to the Prado, that iconic pedestrian boulevard connecting Havana Harbor to the Parque Central and the Capitol building, a local skateboarder hang out. Cuban girls were very excited to meet us and our pro skateboarder Natalie Krishna Das.

Skateboarding in Cuba

After all of the warnings and advice from friends in the U.S., we were greeted with love and open-mindedness.  We had no translator and communicated with our eyes, body movement and hand gestures. But truly, we spoke the same language, that of passionate skaters who never take no for an answer. It was an amazing feeling to be welcomed by these Cuban girls into their skate scene.

Skateboarding in Cuba

At 11 a.m., on August 19, we held a longboard freestyle, a ramp jam and a skateboarding street contests.  The event was attended by a dozen of Cuban girls at the Cuba Skate Park in Havana, but there were also lots of boys. When we started the contest, boys tried to skate where we were, and made negative comments. In that respect, it felt just like home. And just like home, it didn’t stop us. 

Longboarding Contest

Eventually boys calmed down, sat down and watched us. Natalie did a demo and everyone watched with admiration. At the end each participating girl received a prize.

Natalie Krishna Das

We went to the Prado on the next day and were immediately greeted by a group of skaters. They were excited to see us and eager to learn new tricks. We did a skate clinic and taught everyone new tricks, a few of which were mastered by girls almost immediately. Once again we did not have a translator, but through their eyes we saw only one thought: “Please teach us more. We want to learn.”

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Since there are not skate shops and shipping services to Cuba are non existent, male skateboarders get skate gear from various U.S.- based skate organizations. That means that the girl skaters in Cuba receive hand-me-down boards from their brothers. Their skate gear is very old, many times broken and with tearaway wheels.  Some girls skateboarded in their sandals, and the next time we go, with support of Vans, we plan to take  tons of new shoes, and hopefully new wheels and anything else we can carry.

On our last day, we decided to give our boards to local girls who lived the next block from our airbnb whom we watched everyday from our balcony. They were playing on the street and, one day, two of them were sharing a pair of rollerblades, one was riding a left shoe and the other right shoe simultaneusly. There was no question: these girls have the right spirit and deserved our boards.

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We went to Cuba to inspire, encourage and connect with local girls, to tell them what they are doing is good and to keep believing in themselves. We came back with a great sense of accomplishment, and a deep desire to return. 

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Big S/O to sPACYcLOUd for sponsoring our trip to Cuba. This project was also made possible with help of Amberly Arlene Ellis, the director of the 2017 documentary film Hermanas en Ruedas (Sisters on Wheels), which closely looks into the lives of female Cuban skaters.

Thank you to all individuals and companies who made our mission in Cuba possible:

08/22/17

The RFK Stadium Skatepark was a Work of Art! – by Pia Saclauso

On Sunday, August 20th, Skate Girls Tribe was stoked to be a part of the RFK Stadium Block Party located in Washington, DC! Events DC has teamed up with a national visual artist, Naturel, who renovated the whole skatepark. The block party was to celebrate his project completion and included skateboarding, various family-friendly activities, live music, and a ton of giveaways! 
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The freshly renovated park was one jaw-dropping masterpiece! Skaters were totally hyped to be shredding Naturel’s piece of art that is collectively ours as a community!

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A ton of visitors came out to experience the grand opening. It was rad to see skaters grind on rails, do kickflips off ramps, and ollie off stairsets! It was a colorful experience which truly captures the vibe and the culture of DC!

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Skate Girls Tribe and sPACYcLOUd were honored to be part of it.

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08/7/17

“Breaking Down Walls” Was a Success! ~by Pia Saclauso

On August 5th, sPACYcLOUd hosted a fundraiser to raise money for Skate Girls Tribe’s trip to Cuba.  It was definitely a success – thanks to everyone who showed their love and support for the team! The contributors included family and friends but also local businesses such as Get Hemp Butter, Mellow Mushrooms, La Tasca, Cuba Cuba, Smash!, Bourbon, LSTN, Tenley Pop Dance Studio, Hemp Kettle Tea, and Embassy Suites.  Team sPACYcLOUd was stoke!

The event kicked off with the ragga jungle mixes from DJ Gogo Craig and DJ Blaze One from Tribalistix. They sure know how to get the party started!

Visitors were already making their silent auction bids as they jammed to the music.

The event also included “Hermanas en Ruedas” documentary screening by Amberly Alene Ellis.  The film depicts struggles of female skaters in Cuba, their personal stories on how they discovered the sport and unique challenges facing women skaters as their numbers grow.

The film helped us to connect to women in Cuba on many different levels. In DC or Havana, we see similarities in our struggles. Skateboarding inspires us to take action and make positive changes in the daily lives and keep our passion alive. It also helps to break down walls and barriers and allow us to understand one another.

As the auction came to an end, participants were hyped about receiving their items and everyone was impatient for the final outcome. The results? Everyone was a winner! We made new friends, got inspired by female shredders in Cuba, raised money for our trip, learned about Cuba, danced, and grooved. Every person benefited in their own way from sharing love and support for Skate Girls Tribe and sPACYcLOUd! 

Team Elephant is thankful!

Big “Thank You” to Local 16 for hosting our event! It would not have happened without them.

 

 

08/7/17
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Surf Camp Session 2.0


Join us this September for another surf camp session! We will be spending the weekend of September 8th through 10th at Rehoboth Beach surfing, skating, enjoying the last warm days with music, great company, good food and awesome vibes!! We hope you’ll join us and make this surf camp session as fun as our previous one!20294149_1301058003325034_4827022821196533814_n

What: surf camp session

When: Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10

Where: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware20293125_10154618631711759_7499917648145104799_n

07/11/17

Girl Power at Palisades Skatepark

As a skater girl, my very first skate sesh with sPACYcLOUd at Palisades, Washington DC was an eye opener. My experience there helped me understand the true meaning of “girl power”. There are so many girls in our community who want to try out skateboarding, but only some would actually pick up a skateboard, and only a very few would dare to go to a skatepark and ride around. Especially when a girl is a beginner skater, being the only female at a skatepark can be quite uncomfortable. Seeing all the guys doing tricks on ramps and rails can sometimes be so intimidating, that we would just end up sitting on the sidelines, wondering if we could ever be as good as them.

Meeting some of  the members of Skate Girls Tribe and getting to be a part of their team made me realize that skateboarding is not just about being good at the sport. It is about being good friends with those who skate. sPACYcLOUd helped me make friends with other skater girls. We felt more comfortable, encouraged, and motivated. In fact, it was actually the very first time I’ve seen more girls than guys at the park. We helped each other learn new tricks and challenged each others’ skills. And when we did that, we showed Girl Power!

-Pia Saclauso

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06/28/17

The Late Shift: Freestyle

Skate Girls Tribe

If you’re near the Alexandria area of Virginia, sPACYcLoud and Skate Girls Tribe have a must-attend event for you to see this Friday, June 30th.

Part skate park, part secret pop up art show, Late Shift: Freestyle opens its doors to the rebels, the misfits, and the crazy ones. To those who see things differently and those who push the human race forward. We’ll be repping this philosophy at the event, because it’s our shared philosophy!

The details are super rad: experience a late-night art happening along the riverfront and in the Torpedo Factory. Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest collection of working-artists’ open studios under one roof. That’s cool enough as it is, but it also has an indoor skate park! Skate Girls Tribe is ready to blow it up (pun intended)!

Pro skateboarder Natalie Krishna Das repp'n sPACYcLOUd at the Kennedy Center

Pro skateboarder Natalie Krishna Das repp’n sPACYcLOUd at the Kennedy Center

Event includes:

– Indoor skate park at the Torpedo Factory

– DJ set by Sharkey

sPACYcLOUd & Skate Girls Tribe will be in the house!

– Poetry Slam

– Beer, wine, sandwiches, and bronut ice cream sandwiches with EatsPlace

– Photo booth

– Torpedo Row artist market

– DIY artmaking and much more

About sPACYcLOUD: sPACYcLOUd is the manifestation of a revolutionary spirit always pushing people to be liberated from social constraints through expressions of love, peace and creativity.  Our competition follows trends. We follow our vision and philosophy.

About Skate Girls Tribe: SGT invites girls of all ages & all abilities to come together and skate with other girls in a big fun group. Skate Girls Tribe was created in Washington DC to empower young women through action sports.  We hold monthly events to celebrate life, art, culture, education, and fun via skateboarding and longboarding. We also organize surfing and snowboarding camps.

Skate Girls Tribe promotes confidence and assertiveness, individuality and creativity, strength and dignity, all gathered together with a love for action sports. With a vigorous setting of play and sociality, SGT nurtures and sustains these values and goals. With such virtues in place, we believe that healthy and responsible choices will be made later in girls’ lives.

– There are several open spots for artists to be part of poetry slam if anyone is interested.

08/10/16

Skate Girls Tribe Surf Camp

Skate Girls Tribe Surf Camp

On July 24-30, sPACYcLOUd is kicking off its second annual overnight surf camp for teens. We will be staying in a beach house at the very point of Cape May, New Jersey. It is a charming historical town with bird sanctuary, beautiful white sand beach, lighthouse, WWII lookout tower, and Victorian houses. This is a great opportunity for teens to rest, bond, surf, longboard, skateboard, share, do yoga, art and fashion projects, swim, and create beautiful Summer memories.

Surf camp includes:

  • all equipment,
  • beach fees,
  • daily transportation,
  • professional surfing instructions (1:1 student to instructor ratio),
  • a certified life guard on duty at all times,
  • 24/7 same gender supervision,
  • meals,
  • lodging
  • sPACYcLOUd  Surf Camp t-shirt,
  • Surfing Etiquette Guide,
  • certificate of achievement,
  • visit to bird sanctuary, lighthouse, WWII Lookout tower,
  • group photo

Suggested donation: $250

Sponsored by sPACYcLOUd

For additional information, please contact us at info@spacycloud.com

10/13/15

Just Kicking It Saturday’s – Skate Girls Jam

Just Kicking It Saturday's

Skate Girls Tribe & SPACYcLOUd launching “Just Kicking It Saturday’s – Skate Girls Jam Day”!!!
Where: Rockville Skate Park
When: 3pm every Saturday until it gets cold starting on 10/17/2015
Who: All levels – All ages
We hope to see many girls come out
FREE
***Looking for big sisters/brothers to help us out with basic instructions

For questions email info@spacycloud.com

04/4/14

Fine Lines Mural Jam by Natalie Krishna Das

Words Beats & Life has partnered with HiArts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to host a daylong mural jam featuring the work of up to 75 artists on a 990-foot wall.

This even is part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.  Jam out with Ron dj’Rbi Brown along with several other DJs throughout the day.

 This jam is produced in collaboration with The Fridge and Albus Cavus.

Arts Pavilion at Fine Lines Mural Jam will include:

  1. Skate Girls Tribe sponsored by sPACYcLOUd will be hosting a LIMBO & HIPPIE JUMP SKATE CONTEST, grip tape spray painting with stencils, and Native American tribal face painting.
  2. Little Friends for Peace will have a game area with a giant parachute and activities.
  3. Albus Cavus will have art supplies and the wall for kids to paint on.  
  4. DC Bow Bows will have a bike cart and handing out free diy bow making kits.  There will be chalk and face painting.  

Check out more on Words Beats & Life here. http://wblinc.org

https://vimeo.com/80406917 (video on Words Beats & Life)