Empowering women, breaking stereotypes and creating communitIES
We’re stronger than what we’ve been taught
We lift each other up
We portray the accurate diversity within our community
Inspiration through exposure
Longboard Women United Switzerland (LWUS)
The organization behind the project “LGC Switzerland” is the association Longboard Women United Switzerland (LWUS). LWUS is a young non-profit association created in January 2020. Its headquarters are located in Lausanne, it is directed by a committee of women who do volunteer work and organize skate and longboard workshops for girls, women and everyone who would like to join.
The association gathers various communities in order to promote at the national level an alternative, committed and non-gendered vision of the practice of longboarding and its various disciplines such as longboard cruising, longboard downhill, longboard dancing, carver, skate and pumptrack.
Our values represent respect, benevolence, mutual aid, empowerment, social justice, equality, respect for the environment, non-judgment, diversity, inclusiveness, community and open-mindedness.
Part of the Longboard Girls Crew
We are part of the international Longboard Girls Crew (LGC) movement which aims to support, empower and inspire women and populations prone to social inequality as well as break down stereotypes. We believe that skateboarding and longboarding are accessible to everyone around the world. We want to create a safe, inclusive and non-judgmental atmosphere. To do so, we organize different events in Switzerland.
First of all, we propose workshops during which we accompany the participants in the learning of longboard and other skate/longboard disciplines. For this we provide equipment lie boards and protection material, so everyone can join without needing to buy the equipment in the first place. We welcome people of all ages and all levels and we help participants from the basics like pushing and braking up to more sophisticated tricks and elements. We also help them to find the suitable board and equipment.
We believe that longboarding is powerful tool for empowerment and to and break down barriers.
While the primary goal of these initiations is to encourage women to take up longboarding, men are also welcome. We want to offer at least one event per month. In 2020 we organized more than 15 events in Lausanne and Zurich.
All the events we organize are non-profit, that’s why volunteer work and donations play an important role in the smooth running of the association. In order to find the funds and infrastructures we need, we rely on sponsoring. Our actions regarding sponsorship requests to brands, crowdfunding and partnerships have not yet been undertaken to date, we hope to activate these partners in 2021.
Longboard community in Switzerland
Finally, we have a great desire to grow the longboard community in Switzerland and we want to allow everyone to have the opportunity to meet athletes of different disciplines (downhill, dancing, pumptrack, slalom, cruising, bowl …).
For that we invite, as soon as it is possible, recognized sportsmen during our initiations. We also organize more informal trainings and longboard sessions, where everyone is free to come and ride and meet other riders. It is important to us to work for the emancipation of young women and vulnerable populations.
Without your support, we will have to revisit our objectives to ensure the sustainability of the project. While facing the difficulties which would hinder the guarantee of our actions and our values which are carried out by means of the longboard.
every girl on a board is an inspiration to another girl
About the project
The organization behind the project “LGC Switzerland” is the association Longboard Women United Switzerland.
Since we are not self-supporting, we are grateful for any kind of (financial) support.
IBAN: CH71 0839 0037 2652 1000 8
Adresse: Ch. des planches 59 1066 Epalinges
Numéro de compte: 372.652.100-08