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OP Girls Learn to Ride and YM Magazine Bring an Action-Packed All-Female Weekend

Op Girls Learn To Ride (Op GLTR), the original series of girls-only action sports clinics in North America, and YM magazine, bring a weekend of action sports and entertainment to Orlando, Florida on September 18-19. The weekend events include instructional clinics for girls and women of all ages in the sports of skateboarding, BMX and wakeboarding; the “SHE” skate contest, featuring top female pro skateboarders from around the country; and a Saturday night party for girls (and guys) at the Orlando Vans Skatepark, with proceeds benefiting the Red Cross Hurricane Charley relief efforts and the Boarding For Breast Cancer Foundation.

Op GLTR clinics, taught by top professional athletes, provide hands-on training with an emphasis on safety and skill development, enabling female participants to learn all of the basic skills necessary to ride responsibly and enjoy action sports.

The event schedule is as follows:
Wakeboarding clinics will be held on Saturday, September 18, location TBA. Classes begin at 9 a.m. The $62 class, open to girls 9 and older, includes a four-hour wakeboarding lesson taught by top wakeboarding professionals from Charley Patterson’s Mission2Ride and Cathy Williams’ Live2Ride, use of equipment, a goodie bag, a year’s subscription to Wakeboarding Magazine, a donation to Boarding For Breast Cancer and a chance to win great prizes. Participants should bring their own bathing suit, wetsuit (optional), towel, suntan lotion and warm clothing.

On Saturday, September 18 from 6 p.m.-to 9 p.m., Op GLTR and the Orlando Vans Skatepark will host a special party and skate session. The party will include athlete demos, an open skate session, live DJ, autograph signing sessions with top pros, and additional prizes, raffles and giveaways. The event cost is $7 for Vans Skatepark members and $15 for non-members. 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Red Cross Hurricane Charley relief efforts and Boarding For Breast Cancer.

Skateboarding and BMX clinics will be held on Sunday, September 19 from 8:30 a.m.-Noon at the Vans Skatepark, 5220 International Drive. The clinics are open to women ages 6 and older. The $40 class includes three hours of professional instruction, helmet, knee and elbow pad rentals, use of the skate park, a gift bag full of magazines, CD’s and other goodies, and a donation to the Boarding For Breast Cancer Foundation. Riders are expected to bring their own skateboard or BMX bike.

The "She" Pro Female Skate Contest will take place at Surf Expo at the Orange County Convention Center on Saturday, September 18 at 11 a.m. Top female street skaters will compete for $5000.00 in prize money and receive World Cup Sanctioning points. This event is not open to the public. Surf Expo is a trade only event.

Skaters can contact Mark at or Doog at for more information and entry.

About Boarding For Breast Cancer
Boarding For Breast Cancer (B4BC) is a nonprofit, youth-focused education, awareness and fundraising foundation designed to increase awareness about breast cancer, the importance of early detection and the value of a healthy lifestyle. Boarding For Breast Cancer was inspired by Monica Steward, who started her battle with breast cancer at the age of 26. B4BC has benefited from the generous support of its volunteers and companies such as Paul Frank Industries, Fader Magazine, Nixon Watches, Zumiez, Billabong, Vans, Op Girls Learn To Ride, Volcom, ADD Marketing, Hurley International, Map Cargo and No Comment PR. For more information, please visit

About YM
Published 12 times annually and with a circulation of 2.2 million, YM is Your Magazine - an independent teen brand that's free to be itself. We are the leading sourcebook for teenage girls. YM covers it all - beauty, boys, stars and style - with a smart, irreverent, authentic teen voice that tells it like it is. In the pages of YM, readers see themselves and find the confidence to be themselves. We give millions of girls the power to declare their own independence. YM can be found online at and is published by Gruner + Jahr USA, a part of Bertelsmann AG, which publishes 120 magazines in 14 countries.

About Op Girls Learn To Ride
Op Girls Learn To Ride (Op GLTR), the original series of girls-only action sports clinics, is designed to give females of all ages the basic skills and confidence necessary to participate in skateboarding, surfing, motocross, wakeboarding, and snowboarding. In this program, skilled professionals provide hands-on training with an emphasis on safety and skill development. Now in its fourth year, Op GLTR has taught thousands of girls and women a new action sport. The program will host 100 events throughout the United States and Canada in 2003. For more information and to register online, please visit the event Web site at

Press contact:
Shana Frahm, No Comment PR, P: (323) 855-9884 E:

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