Shop now for Girl skateboard decks , wheels, t-shirts, crew necks and beanies. Having celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2013, Girl Skateboards is indisputably one of the most legit and respected brands on the market. It started in 1993 when a group of some of the best-loved pros in the industry defected in secret from their team spots over at the World Industries, led by Mike Carroll and Rick Howard, to start something of their own.
In addition to Howard and Carroll, the original Girl team consisted of Jovontae Turner, Guy Mariano, Rudy Johnson, Tim Gavin, Tony Ferguson, Sean Sheffey, and Jeron Wilson, many of whom took the skateboard industry by surprise by arriving en-masse at a competition all wearing the logo of the mysterious new company, having given no warning to their former sponsors, the World Industries family of companies overseen by controversial skate entrepreneur Steve Rocco.
Girl is a company with deep roots and a lot of heritage – one example of this is that Andy Jenkins, the designer responsible for designing the iconic logo reminiscent of the symbol found on women’s toilets, still heads up Girl’s art department, a collection of artists known as ‘The Art Dump’.
Over the years Girl have produced some of the most acclaimed and oft-cited skate videos under their cinematographic arm Girl Films. These include Goldfish (1994), Mouse (1996), Yeah Right (2003) and Pretty Sweet (2013). Girl’s video output has tended to benefit from collaboration with film director Spike Jonze and pioneering skateboard videographer Ty Evans (who worked on many projects with the two teams up until his departure from Girl Films in 2013).
The future of the Girl Skateboards team is in safe hands, with the likes of Elijah Berle, Raven Tershy and Stevie Perez of the infamous L.A skate crew the Trunk Boyz carrying on the sterling work of the Girl company which has been defined by skate careers of numerous legends including Eric Koston, Rick Howard and Guy Mariano.