Rick Howard, Mike Carroll, Megan Baltimore, and Spike Jonze started Girl Skateboards in 1993. The Girl Distribution Company houses several companies, including Girl Skateboards, Chocolate Skateboards, Royal Skateboard Trucks, Fourstar Clothing, Ruby Clothing and Lakai. Team riders for the likes of all these brands often show up in each other's videos. Rick Howard and Mike Carroll stepped away from Plan B in 1993 with the intent of starting a business of their own, Girl Skateboarding. They were going to do it with the help of two friends, Megan Baltimore and Spike Jonze. Howard and Carroll essentially started Girl Skateboarding because they were thinking about their futures in the skateboard industry. Once their bodies no longer allowed them to skate, they wanted to be able to fall back on something that remained in the industry they loved. Everyone pooled their money together to get Girl Skateboards going. None of the four liked the idea of owing money and so Girl Skateboards was created without loans or borrowing, still functioning this way today. Girl began with pro-model decks for guys like Carroll, Tim Gavin, Howard, Rudy Johnson, Eric Koston, Guy Mariano, Sean Sheffe and Jovantae Turner.