Taking the lawless and pot-holed streets of Kathmandu are Nepal’s young female skateboarders who are rising out of the newly established skate parks in Nepal.
Rejina Maharjan is among the first of many female skateboarders to rise up in the circle, she recounts learning how to skateboard from a group of boys, “I felt odd when I used to fall in front of them, I was shy.” They told her that “the more she fell, the more she would learn”.
After grounding her foundational skills, she now feels empowered and inspired by skateboarding. Rejina hopes to become an excellent national skateboarder so she can one day represent her country at the Olympics.
Slowly, there is a growing interest in skateboarding amongst young girls. Thanks to the KTM skate park sponsored by Nepali skating enthusiasts, these young girls are receiving free skateboarding classes on what is known as “girl’s day”. On these days, only girls are allowed into the skate park and are able to interact with other girls and bond over a shared passion.
It is a long road for Rejina and these young girls to break stereotypes and reach their dreams. However, they are part of the first wave of skateboarding, paving the way for a future for females.