Learn more about S*pin with Maria Arndt, graphic designer, photographer and skater.
In 2014 I founded the photo project Girls in Longboarding, because I was so impressed by skating girls that I looked for, but only barely found. I decided to meet more girls and women to photograph them in their passion and create a platform to empower the girls scene by encouraging and showing new role models.
By the end of my studies I made the decision to bring all my passions together and create a female focused longboard magazine with the role models so many girls and women are looking for.
When the idea of this magazine was born, it was important for us to provide images that would properly represent women in the sport; to give them a platform to present and represent themselves. There have been only a few outstanding women in the skate and longboard scene and many female skaters are waiting for the last little push they need to get started.
Developing another typical women’s magazine is not our goal. We want a longboard focused mag that stands out from the rest, but in a way that can grab the reader’s attention. At the same time people should understand our main message: Girls skate! No matter what physical differences we have to men, women can be strong and confident in the skate scene and we want to provide a magazine with real role models, real action packed photos and sports images to help inspire whoever may read it.
We want the content to push ourselves as skaters and expand our knowledge about the skating world. We also want to provide content that is interesting to every skater, regardless of gender, skill level, background, age, etc. We want to represent the sport properly with female and male reach, not letting any specific gender dictate anything but to showcase that anybody can do anything.
We want to change the generic gender roles seen within today’s sports society and give encouragement and motivation that gender doesn’t have to stop anyone from doing anything. Skating has brought so many positive moments to our lives. It has often brought us to our limits so we can break through them and set our goals even higher. That’s what it is all about: to live our stoke and passion for this sport, to travel, to share the fun and to experience with it others.
This is only the beginning. We have put a lot of hard work, effort and passion into the project and invested every spare moment. Without the cohesion of the scene and all the active skaters out there such a project wouldn’t have been possible. We can only achieve our goals together, to expand the network and make it stronger.
What is the content?
Portraits To show girls / women worldwide from different countries and different disciplines to grow the inspiration
Tips, gear & health Topics that matter to all skaters
Tricktips Inspiration and motivation to grab a board and just try new stuff, its a detachable booklet for taking to skate spots.
Projects Giving inspiration by projects to get active.
Events Showing worldwide events and to motivate and encourage involvement.
Introduction to other board sports Giving insights into other related sports to try out.
Psychology & philanthropy Giving background knowledge to the sport and scene.
Maria has been busy at ISPO meeting industry names and promoting the Sp*n project. At the moment its all about building up the network for crowd-funding, so they need to get as many subscription as possible to bring it to life.
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