WHAT: Female Skate Event
Interview with Girls Assult co-founder Daniela Suarez (September 2010)
What is Girls Assault and how did it come about?
How is the female skate scene in Argentina and how has it changed in the last several years?
Since I started 7 years ago the scene changed a lot. At the beginning there wasn't even 2 girls at a spot. I always skated with guys, but after the Championships of Association Argentina de Skate (Argentinian Skate Association) and the Girls Assault, more girls have joined us. Now 4 years later they have increased their level and quantity as well. Today you can see at least 7 girls skating at a spot. We saw a big change when we did the Poseiden Tour with Vanessa Torres, Violet Kimble, Sophie Poppe and Alison Matassi. It helped to open a bit more, the minds of skaters and people in the scene, in and out of it. Besides, it was the first time in Argentina that we saw professional girl skaters. Nowadays, I can tell that 5 years of common work, gave results and we have very good skaters like Paula Costales, Eugenia Ginepro, Paula "Mecu" Videla, and from the new generation: Fiama Oviedo, Tatiana Di Santo and Florencia De Gregoris, and I bet there should be lots more girls throughout Argentina, that we hope to meet someday.
What are some of the recent events you have organized?
We organised the Girls Assault #4 with very good result in 2008. Some tours around Argentinian countryside, Games of SKATE and others event we supported like a women's day. Many years ago the government give us a place in a famous park of Buenos Aires, where all girls did all sports styles (box, yoga, football) and we do the organization about the skate part (you can see the videos in the website).
What are you currently up to?
Well, now I am living in Barcelona, so there is not much I can do now. Hahaha!. Around September I will be going back to Argentina for awhile so I can plan Girls Assault #5, for our 4th anniversary, with guests from other south america countries (Brazil and Chile). We are working in the idea of touring Peru and Argentina countryside, with the team girls, and try to bring to life some ideas we have with national and international colleagues.
Experience! Just get on the skate, try to learn, try things and if they can feel that spark that comes when u start, then do it, whatever happens. We have to be patient, be constant and know that everything is possible if you are willing to do it, if you enjoy it and have fun with it.
What do you have planned for the future?
Coming back to my country to work in my project and skate with friends. But above all, to keep working to fulfill my dreams. The idea is to keep doing things for female skate, being Girls Assault, and to support every movement that comes in my country, so we can keep growing.
Mmm, you are more than welcome to visit us whenever you want!!! I'd like to thank to people, I think they deserve it more. You for the space and for everything you do so the female scene worldwide burst from the other side of the camera, giving us the will to keep skating. To Ana Paula, to Micky for believing in what we do, you should know you're effort gave a giant result. To every brand and people who gave their support always. To Daniela Quintabani, Agus Brada, EuG, Paulita, Mecu, etc, my family, my husband and my friends for the support and love. To those who didn't believe in us 4 years ago and now are trying to get into this market to see some profits...THANK YOU too, cause that make us stronger!