People talk about me like… “She only skates with boys” “Who will marry you?” “Who will take care
of you in the future?” Skating is not for
boys only. It’s for girls also. My name is
Rezina Maharjan I am from
Nepal I started skating
one year ago. I am the first girl
of Kirtipur skating When I carry my skateboard
and go to practice Many people look
at me and judge me. People think that I
act like a boy Play like
a boy “Are you a girl?” I know I
am a girl and I’m proud
to be me. Old people
like my dad has this image
of skate parks being these grungy places
where kids go and drink and smoke and hang out, and just bunk off
school and stuff. I think a lot
of people still have that image in their brains. Hopefully we put out
quite a good message, and quite a good example
of how it can work really well in a community. I hope that
what we’ve been doing helps at least
some small fraction to change attitudes
towards skateboarding for girls especially, so that their elders –
parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles – don’t see it
as a negative thing and don’t
dissuade them against it. That they have
that support from their families to carry on
with something that they love doing. We’ve met
a lot of people here who couldn’t even
afford a skateboard. But given a skateboard, or lent a skateboard, or one skateboard
between ten people… you’re still
skateboarding, and you’re still a skater. When we first
got to the skate park we met the little girls,
and they said: “All the boys
won’t let us in there.” Their mothers
are standing around, sending the boys in, but they wouldn’t
send their girls in. I noticed
things like that, and thought:
“She wants to come, I can see it!” All the other girls are looking and they just
want to hang out with them. I feel like
they’re pushing the boundaries for Nepalese women. When I see
other girls skating I feel really
happy Usually, Nepalese women
work in the fields They are supposed
to stay home They are supposed
to clean their house Cooking, washing clothes
and dishes. Girls are
not robots They are not
supposed to only work In my family I grow up
with gender equality I have a
younger brother We are treated the
same in my family. The fact that men
can relax and eat while women are
the ones working That’s not
good. In the beginning our
neighbours and friends They would
complain On how my daughter
was dressed And on how she would
skate instead of studying. I would simply answer that
it was my decision to let her skate. I never went
to school. That’s why I want
my daughter to succeed It would fill our
hearts with joy It’s good that my
daughter skates That’s how
I feel. There is definitely
a stigma attached to skateboarding. People think that: “She’s a bad person for skateboarding,
and hanging out with the boys.” I hope that
what we’re doing has helped just a small fraction
to work against that. In Nepal,
they have so many expectations Where would you
fit skateboarding in there? Nepalese women
and women. Full stop. If you feel
that sense of freedom on a skateboard,
it has nothing to do with your
physical ability or how skilled
you are, it’s how much
you enjoy it. If you enjoy it,
then you should be doing it. So you pick
up a skateboard, it’s relatively cheap,
and that’s it. That’s all you need. Before skating I didn’t
have any friends I used to
be shy I didn’t
talk to guys Now I am
more confident It was not
that scary, right? We did it! We tried it,
we did it. Proudest moment
was dropping in front side
and back side turns. My grandfather
said: “Did you jump?!” I said:
“No, I’m trying!” Now he’s excited. Maybe if
the girls will come, I think I will
teach them because there
are no girl skaters in Pokhara so I think
I will teach them. Even if you fall, you try harder
and you’ll get perfect. I feel like
I’m flying It feels
like flying “Wooooo” The boys are
so friendly to us they don’t
discriminate They teach us
to skate and teach more skills It feels good. No matter
what age you are if you have
a skateboard or skate you will
be friends with everybody. Skateboarding
doesn’t discriminate. Everything around
can discriminate. When you’re
in the park, that’s all you’re doing. You can be
black, white, brown, yellow, poor, rich and it’s all the same. Everyone is there
just skateboarding. That is
what it’s about. We’ve been told
that there will be more skate parks
being built here, starting September. They will be
government built. So I’m hoping
that the skate scene really grows over here, and that maybe
it will start to produce job opportunities for people over here, that way
people don’t have to worry as much about trying to
make time for skateboarding The Nepalese
are incredibly busy people they work
six to seven days a week. It would
be nice in the future to see people
being able to merge their sports passions
with their jobs or with their studies, as opposed to
one disrupting the other. I think
all of us are on the same page We’re never
going to be pro skaters, that’s not our goal but we’re always
going to carry on skating because it’s fun
and we love hanging out together and going skateboarding. That’s really
what we wanted Refurb to be about It wasn’t “Come and start skateboarding
so that you can be a pro, and go to X Games
and get magazine covers.” It’s about
doing something new that you love
to do with your friends because that’s what we do.

S.K.A.T.E NEPAL – Full Documentary
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12 thoughts on “S.K.A.T.E NEPAL – Full Documentary

  • September 13, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    That was sweet…
    I really liked the whole documentation…
    Quality and quantity

  • September 16, 2017 at 2:20 am

    This video made my day 🇳🇵

  • September 20, 2017 at 8:50 am

    08:57 wow…

  • September 20, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Cool! plz can you sponcer skateboard.I don't have much money to buy skateboard.And thanks for support skate Nepal.I hope to see you.I live in Nepal – Hetauda.

  • September 24, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    So happy to see how skateboarding really being improving nowadays in Nepal. Thanks a lot to people out there who made this happen.

  • October 20, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Make skatepark in hetauda please Support us.

  • December 11, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    sai ho!!!!
    i would also like to learn skate
    plz help??

  • January 22, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Make skate park at butwal also please support us

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  • June 17, 2018 at 2:43 am

    Very nice and good for Pokherali. Thanks for the video

  • December 4, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Where is this place l want know plz


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