Kasley Killam of San Francisco is bringing it with an awesome initiative called Badass Boarders, who are Awesomen SF’s latest grant winner.
Simply put, Badass Boarders are a group of women learning to skateboard together. However if you dive a little deeper you’ll see a group of women in the community that are dedicated to supporting, mentoring, and empowering one another to become not only badass boarders, but also confident, radiant women unleashing our inner awesomeness into the world.
The inclusive group is extended to all women, regardless of age, background, or anything else. All are welcome.
“Connecting and empowering women, we are an urban tribe determined to master skateboarding while embodying our boldest, most authentic selves. ”
The idea was born out of indignation. Inspired by the Venice Beach Boardwalk and videos of Casey Neistat skateboarding through airports, Killam decided it’d be fun to try.
Killam’s (now ex) boyfriend at the time scoffed and said, “No, that’s stupid,” and the salesman at the skateboard shop asked if she was buying it for her brother.[Insert scoff here]
Despite the frustration and obvious gender stereotypes, Killam challenged herself to learn and embraced how emboldened it made her feel.
To share the experience (and not be the only female at the skateboard park), Killam created Badass Boarders.
The money received in their recent win will go towards buying gear and skateboard for women to learn on.
It’s a mission that extends beyond cruising, ollies, and kickflips. It’s helping support one another move past barriers to embracing your inner awesome.