LILJA (Lily-uh) - founder of Ladies Shred
Starting in 2013 I began Ladies only Skate Night. In 2015, I hosted my first skateboarding camp, since then I have hosted 4 other surf, skate, and art camps! I do my best to continue lessons during the spring and fall but mainly focus on school break camps!
For two summers I picked up shifts learning how to coach surfing. While I was working for Proof Lab Surf Shop (2012-2017)
Big Dog Surf Camp
2013 & 2014
Stinson Beach Surf Camp
A full summer of working for Stinson Beach surf camp
Skate Like a Girl
I was the first volunteer for Skate Like a Girl Bay Area Chapter. Learning teamwork, community outreach, and improving my skateboard instructing skills!
Redwood HS JV Cheer Coach
This past August I was hired to coach for the RHS cheer team. In high school I was a competitive, football, and basketball cheerleader year round.
Coming back to my old high school and giving back to the team that shaped my entire HS experience has been a treat.
This opportunity better helps me understand how to manage a large team ( 25 athletes ).
Corte Madera Recreation
Last Fall I was hired by the CMR to coach their Skateboarding program and their Cheerleading program.
Hosting and organizing skate meet ups at the old Marin City Skate Park.
Coach Lil is trained in the following certifications:
- CPR/First Aid
- Mandated Reporter
- Fundamentals of Coaching
- Heat Stroke Safety
-Sudden Cardiac Arrest
-Heat Illness Prevention
- 200 Hr. YTT in Hatha Yoga
Skate and Art Coach
Lil & Ava circa 2014 @ Proof Lab Surf Shop
Our first instructor we would like to highlight is Ava Glasgow.
Ava has been skating since she was 11 years old and started coming to our Ladies Skate Night soon after our first lesson together.
"I found a beautiful community of supportive skater chicks ( at Ladies Skate Night) that helped me learn without the intimidation of being the only girl at a crowded skate park."
Ava grew up on a sailboat at the Sausalito working waterfront in the only Co-Op of Sausalito. She has a passion for food and enjoys cooking for family, friends, and the community at People's Park.
This past summer Ava was apart of the 5th annual Ladies Shred: Surf / Skate / Create camp. Besides being an awesome coach, Ava has some amazing artistic skills. We have her website posted below if you'd like to check out some of her work!
Her dedication to the Ladies Shred Community has been a pure delight to anyone who meets this funny, gentle, and patient human.
Skateboard & SurfInstructor
Hello, my name is Veronica, I was born in the early 2000s and started skateboarding in high school thanks to Skate Like A Girl Seattle! I am a first-generation American born in Malibu, raised in the Seattle area, and currently residing in Mill Valley, California for a BFA in industrial design at California College of the Arts. I love skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, making art, and empowering youth! It's an essential part of my life to give back to the community I love so dearly; teaching skateboarding is my favorite way to do so!I have been teaching skateboarding since 2017. I have taught with Skate Like a Girl in Seattle, Portland, and SF Bay chapters. I also worked at the indoor skatepark with the City of Bellevue, Washington. I also taught a full summer of skate instruction at Woodward East in Pennsylvania in 2020. Today I am overjoyed to be teaching through LadiesShred and managing Seek Skate Camp, a summer camp based in Mount Hood, Oregon. I have also taught surfing with Pacific Coast Surf lessons in Bolinas. (here's my linkedin) I am grateful to be on the Tactics Skate team and flow for Vans Skateboarding, Coal headwear, Guayakí Yerba Mate, Deluxe (Unity and There, Spitfire wheels), NHS (Independent Trucks, Bronson Speed Co.), Old Bones Therapy, Black Market Skate Shop, Sojen World, and a couple more.I find it special to share skateboarding with younger girls and super fulfilling to create opportunities for future generations of skaters to come. It's really important to me to help diversify the narrative of a "typical" skateboarder. It's important to look into your own mindfulness and creativity to have fun and skate. Ladies Shred!
Our Ladies Skate Night Leader
Katie has been co-hosting skate night at Proof Lab with Lil for 5 years, she now hosts the night on her own!
When Katie is in her mid fifties now and started skating at 40, inspired by her kids and friends who were having so much fun. She started very slowly. She learned how to push and tictac as a kid but she felt sorely out of shape. Through her commitment to have fun her skills have skyrocketed along with her passion. She gets joy for making small achievements for herself both physically and mentally as well as watching others do the same. We at Ladies Shred are stoked to have her with us.
Surf Instructor and vibe master
Hi, my name is Keanna! I am currently a student working towards my public health and registered nursing degree and love to spend my free time traveling, exploring, camping, and being outdoors. I first got into surfing when I was 12 years old and decided to join my friends at their week of surf camp. I instantly fell in love with the feeling that surfing and the community surrounding it brings. The challenge and the environment always intrigued me, knowing that there's always something new to learn. Surfing has taught me much more than how to stand up on a board, but rather life skills that I have taken with me throughout life’s obstacles and new experiences.
One of the most important skills learned through surfing is the confidence that it builds and the friendships it flourishes. When I was first learning how to surf, there were very few female role models and programs that helped integrate females into this mostly male-dominated sport.
Lil was one of the first females that took me under her wing to show me the world of surfing and skating in a way that gave females a chance to feel comfortable and learn new skills in an inclusive environment. I have now been teaching surfing for 7 years and do my best to pass along the lessons of inclusivity,positivity, and respect for yourself, others, and the environment that I have learned. Ladies Shred embodies all the aspects of surfing and skating that I love while teaching young females to build their own confidence while learning how to build up everyone around them as well.