SINGAPORE - If you were in the Central Business District (CBD) on New Year's Eve, you would have seen an unusual sight - an all-girl group of five skateboarders zooming down the streets with their longboards. They are part of the Longboard Girls Crew (LGC) Singapore.
A longboard is a longer version of the skateboard typically used for cruising and downhill racing. The girls met at 9.30am to cruise in the CBD.
They greeted each other excitedly with a unique handshake and a fist bump as they caught up like old friends.
They did not let human traffic deter them. Instead, they expertly swerved and took short cuts to avoid crashing into people.
"It's nice skating with girls. It's an alternative to gossiping with friends over coffee," said Miss Kelly Tio, 26, who sells guitar parts.
Miss Tio is part of the LGC Singapore, which is the local chapter of the international crew of the similar name that is based in Madrid, Spain.
The group's founder, Miss Nur Zawanah, 26, a school programme executive, discovered the longboard almost six years ago when she took photos and videos of her male friends doing tricks on their boards.
Miss Zawanah said: "I found it interesting. I just wanted to get in on the action as well and try out an extreme sport.
"And I got hooked," she said with a grin.