We believe that skateboarding is about personal choice and freedom of expression. We recognise that people skate for their own reason, and want everyone to have an accessible path to express their skating whichever way they choose. We saw skateparks being built, skate schools teaching the next generation, new skate stores launching, zines being distributed, but there was a gap in the community for skaters who thrive on competing.
There were already some great competitions around the country, but we needed more, especially in the South Island. There were also barriers around gender equality at competitions, finding out when and where competitions were held, the costs associated with traveling, and funding for events. Yeah Gnar slipped into this gap and began working with the community to break down those barriers.
The fire behind what would become Yeah Gnar was lit in 2016. As with most great stories, it was the combination of a series of events over the following year that eventually led to Yeah Gnar as we know it today. While there are several random events that influenced how we were formed, the important factor is that we are a fluid organisation that continues to be shaped based on the needs of the skateboarding community.