In 2007, Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich made waves in Afghanistan...with his board. Many young women in Afghanistan are forbidden to ride bicycles, so Percovich had the brilliant idea to form an organization that would teach girls to skateboard, provide access to education and build a local community of total badassery. He called it Skateistan.
In the foreword to her book, Fulford-Dobson writes, "It's hard not to think of Afghan girls skateboarding as a remarkable and quirky clash of cultures. But when you see these girls in their beautiful, bright, flowing clothes tearing around the skate park, often yelping and shrieking with laughter, your preconceptions drop away."
"You realize that however unusual it may seem," she continues, "they're doing what comes naturally to them. As with girls anywhere in the world, once you give them the chance to do something they love, each one begins to discover her own personality, her sense of style and how to express it."
These young women show incredible resilience and toughness when they skateboard. "They hurl themselves forward with unstoppable courage, and if they take a tumble they bounce right up again, running back to the queue and cheering on their friends," said Fulford-Dobson.