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Skateboarding Book Review:Skater Girl: A Girl's Guide to Skateboarding

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Author: Patty Segovia & Rebecca Heller
Publisher: Regan Books
Released: December 15, 2006
Rating: 4 Stars

When you see a title like Skater Girl: A Girl's Guide to Skateboarding you have to ask if there's really a need for a book like this - for girls? Is the learning process for skateboarding different without a penis? Technically the answer is, no. However, the reality is that people with penises tend to dissuade those without penises from skateboarding. This makes it a lot harder for girls to just go skate.

Having managed to use the word "penis" three times in one paragraph, lets look at why this is both a very good book and a very necessary book, whether you have a penis or not (that's five).

Female skaters are a minority in the larger world of skateboarding. There are a lot of them, but in the grand scheme, guys out-number girls in a big way. If you've ever found yourself doing something different from everyone around you, then you may see how daunting it would be for a girl to take up skateboarding. It's as if there's some sort of stigma attached to skating - if you're e a girl.

It reminds me of those stories you read where there's one girl who fought for her right to play on the boys team at school. "Skateboarding" is that "boys team" and girls are rarely invited into it. They have to fight for the right - which doesn't seem right or fair.

Nearly every time I see a girl skating at the park, there's a bunch of guys giving her crap. These guys fall into 3 categories:

  1. Too young to know better
  2. Old enough to know better, but stupid
  3. Cowards
You'd think that a guy who skates might be interested in a girl who skates. So why be a dick and try to intimidate her? The first guy to be supportive is likely to get a date. People are strange - regardless of gender (I tried not to write "penis" again).

So, anyway...
This is supposed to be a book review not a psychological dissertation.

No one needs to tell you this - and it's mentioned in the book - but no book will teach you how to skate. Neither will videos or DVDs. You have to get out there and practice. You can learn new tips and approaches, but nothing replaces doing it.

With that said, Skater Girl starts with encouraging words in the forward by Cara-Beth Burnside and on to the parts of a skateboard and the safety equipment necessary to keep your blood and guts inside your body. There's a section on getting acquainted with stance and a few basic maneuvers, then the basic tricks are outlined.

As this is a book for girls, there's a necessary amount of girl-ification that's interjected - for example what to wear, stretching exercises and skater etiquette. Stuff that guys take for granted. My favorite is the "Risky Business" stance test. Can't figure out if you're regular or goofy? run and slide across the floor in your socks - leading foot will tell ya. That's awesome, but it would never occur to a guy (it didn't occur to me at least).

The more you read through Skater Girl, the more good info you'll find. From tricks and tips to ideas you might not have considered when it comes to skating. Most importantly, this book advocates fun. Even when the guys give you crap, skating is cool as Hell. Skater girls kick ass!

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