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  • - When you were a little kid,

  • was there ever something you'd wish you could do?

  • - For me,

  • - [all three] it was skateboarding.

  • - We might not be cool or athletic,

  • - but for the next month, we will skateboard every day.

  • (spirited hip hop)

  • - I drew blood.

  • - My leg fucking kills.

  • - Skateboarding!

  • - When I was a kid,

  • anyone I knew that skateboarded was a boy.

  • - There weren't any girls around me who skated.

  • So, I was like, hell no.

  • - I guess I'm worried about not being seen as tough enough.

  • - I think that it would be

  • a really great mind exercise

  • to just try and psych myself into doing things

  • that I'm afraid of.

  • - I want to be fearless on a skateboard.

  • - I'm doing this to fulfill a childhood dream.

  • - I hope I don't die.

  • - We're at LA Skate, about to get our boards.

  • Pretty excited.

  • - A lot to choose from.

  • - The type of boards you want,

  • if you want to learn how to ollie,

  • probably the best choice for you

  • is not to go bigger than an eight.

  • So, we'd go eight, seven, seven five, seven, eight, nine,

  • and then seven five and seven six.

  • - [girl] I think I'm into the black and white strips.

  • - [other girl] I'm gonna go with baby-daddy.

  • - [third girl] I'm drawn to this paisley.

  • - We got our boards!

  • - There's a lot of people skateboarding out there

  • that are really good,

  • and we're gonna be better than them.

  • In just four short weeks.

  • - We're taking our first skateboarding lesson today

  • at the skate park.

  • - Skateboarding's definitely something

  • that you know you're gonna fall.

  • So it's all about learning

  • how to use your pads.

  • - Everyone else is really good,

  • and we're getting driven around.

  • - Cory is embracing us in his arms.

  • - We haven't had any major falls yet.

  • Cory walked us through

  • how to do an ollie and pop our boards

  • which we're gonna practice after this lesson.

  • - No, we're not.

  • I'm not gonna practice that for another couple weeks.

  • - It was great!

  • It was scary but it was less scary

  • than I actually thought it was gonna be.

  • - We all feel pretty good.

  • Shantel's bleeding, but that's fine.

  • - Yeah, I'm hardcore.

  • - Yeah.

  • - Don't laugh so hard!

  • - It's day two skating.

  • In the parking lot behind Buzzfeed.

  • I would say that we've gotten a little bit better already.

  • - Jen is already ollie-ing.

  • - I'm just learning how to ride a skateboard.

  • The difficult part is riding a skateboard.

  • - Shantel's learning how to tic-tac right now.

  • - Saturday, I'm about to skate.

  • It'll be a pretty intense skate session today.

  • - When I first got here today

  • I definitely felt still really unstable,

  • but now I'm actually starting

  • to be able to go at cruising speeds.

  • - I feel a lot more comfortable popping my board up.

  • Every time I try to ollie, though,

  • I just completely fuck it up.

  • - I'm actually really proud of myself

  • for being able to improve in a couple days.

  • - I'm not discouraged.

  • Again, I just want it so badly. I want it to happen.

  • (energetic music)

  • - Today, we just gathered

  • as many woman skaters as we could

  • around the office

  • and we went to an old parking lot

  • and were just trying to skate together and have fun.

  • - Even if I haven't gotten astronomically better,

  • I feel like my confidence has completely

  • surpassed what I thought it could be.

  • - Before I was just, every second of it was scary.

  • But now I'm starting to have fun.

  • - [Cory] And forward, forward!

  • Stay low, stay low!

  • One, two, look the new way!

  • Yes! Stay low, stay low!

  • That was awesome!

  • - Today's our second lesson with Cory.

  • Our first lesson, we were in the baby pond.

  • So, maybe try skating something

  • a little bit more adventurous.

  • - I'm pretty inconsistent.

  • There's some days I'll have and just be really comfortable

  • and really feeling it.

  • And then the next day I'm falling all over the place.

  • - Right now, big challenges

  • is getting more comfortable ollie-ing.

  • Basically, I've wiped out a million times

  • in the past two weeks.

  • I've fallen a shit-ton.

  • - [Shantel] I'm looking forward to this class

  • to help me just really feel OK

  • and feel stable.

  • - The skate park is full

  • of really, really experienced guys

  • that know a lot about skating,

  • and so there is, for all of us,

  • a little bit of self-consciousness.

  • - Stick to it, persevere, skating's a cool thing.

  • A lot of comradery, everyone's kinda there

  • to pump each other up.

  • - [girl] Great!

  • - What's up! We're starting a shred posse.

  • - A shrosse.

  • - Today we are

  • at the skate park

  • with some amazing lady skaters.

  • So empowering, so great. Love them all.

  • - Hello, my name is Tara Jepsen,

  • and I've been skating for seven years.

  • I'm a 43 year old woman.

  • Live in Los Angeles, California.

  • And that's my friend Ham.

  • I love skateboarding because it's outdoors,

  • it's freedom, it's interpretation.

  • Everyone belongs here.

  • Every kind of person. Every ability level.

  • - [girl] How'd it go?

  • - [other girl] Not good!

  • - I've received my first sticker.

  • Several percent skateboarder!

  • - There's this tiny little slope

  • in this new parking lot that we found,

  • and it's the fastest that I've ever gone

  • by myself.

  • (energetic music)

  • - We did it.

  • - We did it!

  • - [all three] Yay!!

  • - On day one, I was terrified.

  • I was just so afraid of everything.

  • - Now, I feel super comfortable

  • just riding my skateboard anywhere.

  • I feel really comfortable turning.

  • I can ollie a little bit.

  • - It was more than just trying to master tricks.

  • It was more-so proving to myself

  • that I could do certain things

  • and just get over my fears.

  • - I feel for sure skating is something

  • that's going to be a part of my life.

  • - Honestly, I came a lot further

  • than I ever thought that I would.

  • (inspiring music)

- When you were a little kid,

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