‘So, we rock up to the skate park in Mexico, open the doors of the truck and there are loads of girls, going crazy, cheering and calling our names, they knew who I was. I never expected that!’
This isn’t an account of Zac Effron arriving at a premier, but from Anne Guglia, one of the members and stars of the all female skate film, Skirtboarders. What is now a film referenced in the female skate world, in the beginning, it was a crew of girl skaters enjoying themselves one summer, in front of the lens of fellow member, Mathilde.
Rendez vous, with Annie Guglia at 3pm, Palais de Tokyo.
On a tour of Europe with her boyfriend, we meet up with her before she goes to Lyon. This prompted me to pull out my mobile and show her the photo I’d taken of the park in Lyon just a few months ago. I realised this would probably be the only time in my life someone would get as excited as me upon looking at two bowls.
Admittedly, I was a bit dubious of the content, as it was called ‘Skirtboarders’ I was expecting something a bit cliché, girly, but the DVD is far from that.
‘For a start, none of us skate in skirts. Although Anne Sophie has a go in a bikini.’ In which, incidentally, she’s grinding a rail.
Skirtboarders has rocketed a crew of Canadian youths into skateboarding idols, since the film, the girls have moved on, they’re at University, or working, but still skating and they still hang out.
‘We always hang out. We organise nights out together as we get on so well. Riding with them is a laugh. We rock up to the skate parks and it’s the guys that watch us. It’s crazy.’
Annie’s section is a sort of skate off with her friend, Elodie. At fifteen years old, she was already ripping, fast -forward 4 years and she happily obliges to ‘do a few tricks for the camera’ which she does with steez.
1 hour 15 minutes later, we part company. Annie with her boyfriend, me with a big red patch of sun burn.