Skateboard Mum and The Sisters of Shred

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Meet the all-female skate crew aged 50+

A group of mothers in California have decided to throw stereotypes out the door and form their own skate crew, based at the Etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest. Fronted by 52-year-old shredder Barbara Odanaka, the Sisters of Shred now boasts an unbelievable 300 members, many of whom started skateboarding in their 40s and 50s. 

"Our home parks are used to us, and they're almost always nice and respectful," Odanaka said. "But when we go to a new place, they seem to get a kick out of us because we're a bunch of old, wrinkled ladies walking in. You just see the teenagers' eyes going up. We've had youngsters who have come up and said 'I wish my mom did this!' or 'Will you tie my shoe?' or sometimes they just ask for snackbar money."

This video features a handful of Lake Forest locals, including 57-year-old Tamra Bowman, who only began skating a couple of years ago, as they describe the joys and positivity that skateboarding has brought them. This is way too rad. 

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