Girl skateboarders challenge tradition in Boyle Heights

Photo courtesy Boyle Heights Beat

Photo courtesy Boyle Heights Beat


Boyle Heights Beat SmallBOYLE HEIGHTS — Candice Avendaño began skateboarding to impress a boyfriend. “He was a skater. I guess I wanted to have more in common, so I started skating,” says the 17-year-old Boyle Heights resident. “But after a while, I realized that skating is really fun, and I really wanted to get into it, so I started skating.”

She bought her first skateboard without her parents’ permission. “I told my parents I was going to buy shoes online, but I ended up buying shoes and a skateboard. They were pissed,” she recalls.

Petite, with bright, fire-red hair and dressed in pop-punk style, Avendaño can frequently be seen at Mariachi Plaza and other spots in Boyle Heights, landing an ollie or doing more of the tricks she has mastered. She is one of just a few girls who are part of a  …

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  1. You go, girls!!! Love this:)

  2. I find it sad that apparently it’s still uncommon for girls to be skateboarding, or “challenging tradition” in any realm,,,,

  3. What a badass! She is awesome!

  4. Girls. Come to Verdugo Park. Lot’s of female skateboarders there and the community is very supportive. Really nice park too!

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