Kate Ediger teaching ollies. (Claudia Bambi photo)

Revelstoke’s women skateboarding club is out breaking nails

The women of Louise on Wheels empower each other and shred

On Tuesday nights a group of women get together to skateboard.

This summer they made it official and called themselves Louise on Wheels, they have t-shirts, nicknames and everything.

Kate Ediger, the Louise who has been skating the longest started in Grade 7 on her dad’s skateboard.

“Then he finally gave me my own board and he would always say ‘oh you remind me of Patty McGee,’ because I had bright blonde hair and Patty McGee was the first even female skater,” Ediger said.

She was the only skater chic for a long time, and she said she looked like a little boy.

“I never had a girlfriend and then finally this other girl started skateboarding with me and I was like ‘man one day all the girls will skateboard’,” she said.

She has been skating ever since, but started riding parks and bowls more as an adult.

On the other side of the spectrum girls in the club like Claudia Simon (known as Bambi) and Catherine Marleau started skating this summer.

“When I heard that we were going to have this epic skate park I asked for a board for my birthday,” Bambi said.

She had wanted to learn to skate when first moving to B.C. in 2007, but found it too intimidating. Now, with a group of gnarly women cheering her on, she doesn’t hesitatedto push herself and try new things.

Marleau improved the most this summer with the Louises. While the skate park was under construction they road tripped to other parks to keep up their skills.

What the women all talk about liking best is the camaraderie. It isn’t a competition, but rather a chance to build each other up, cheer each other on and push their limits.

“Encouraging other is good for you,” said Alexe Patenaude.

If you are interested in trying skateboarding, get in touch with Louise on Wheels on Instagram or head down to the skate park, in good weather, on a Tuesday. They also rock climb together and snowboard together.

Now that they have a giant group of new friends, they might as well shred.

 

Coralie Foucher (Stone Louise) about to drop into the deep bowl. (Claudia Bambi photo)

(Claudia Bambi photo) Louise Tees. Small batch handmade with love by Turbo Bambi Design in Revelstoke.

(Claudia Bambi photos) Alexe and Amaris practicing in the mini ramp.

Just Posted

Avalanche control scheduled tomorrow on Highway 1 east of Revelstoke

Avalanche control work is scheduled along Highway 1 on Dec 15. From… Continue reading

Highlights from recent school board meeting in Revelstoke

Soon-to-arrive Syrian family, budget update, and upcoming silent action were discussed

Okanagan College unlocks time capsule

Items placed in 1993 and kept in capsule in library opened at special ceremony

Special Public Avalanche Warning for Most Mountainous Regions of BC

Avalanche Canada is issuing a Special Public Avalanche Warning for recreational backcountry… Continue reading

Revelstoke developer frustrated with permit delays

Phase 2-3 of Mackenzie Village has been with city staff for 18 months

VIDEO: Royals reveal the images on their Christmas cards

Prince William and his wife Kate are shown outside in casual clothes, their three young children in tow

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

Stranded B.C. trucker writes final wishes before being rescued 3 days later

‘I was just praying someone would come along’

Canfor Corp. extending temporary curtailment of sawmills in B.C.; cutting hours

Vancouver-based company says the decision is due to declining lumber prices, high log costs and log supply constraints

Canada’s prospective world junior team members await final roster decisions

Thirty-four players were invited to the national junior selection camp

Family searching for B.C. professor last seen at Colombian salsa club

Ramazan Gencay, a professor in economics at Simon Fraser University, was last seen in Medellin

Final phase of Kelowna hospital cardiac centre completed

Finishing new recovery rooms last stage of $381 million project

Rash of bomb threats a learning opportunity for response capacity, Goodale

Thursday’s wave of bomb threats swept across communities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border

Most Read