Saturday, July 26, 2014

Women's Bowl contest at the Van Doren Invitational a full on event

Congrats and good luck to all the women skating in Monday's event. It is great to see an all women's skateboard event. Rare these days. Most events back in the 70's had a handful of women skating. That is when the camera crew usually took their break. It is nice to see decades later the women are finally getting their due. Have a great event and congrats to all of the women skaters.

Women's Invitational

The Women's Bowl contest at the Van Doren Invitational will be held at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA July 28th­ - July 29th, 2014 hosted by Vans. The Alliance has teamed up w/ the Boardr to bring together the top female bowl riders in the world to compete in a custom concrete bowl on the beach. Please contact Mimi Knoop with any inquires at:

Event Details

Monday July 28th

12pm – 6pm – Women's Skate Practice and Registration

Tuesday July 29th

12pm – 2pm – Open Skate Practice

2pm – 4pm – Women's Skate Practice

4pm – 6pm – Women's Skate Contest

Qualifying — 4 Heats of skaters • 10 minutes each Heat • Jam in running order • Skate until you fall • 40 sec max run **Top 6 overall advance to Finals**

Finals — 1 Heat of 6 • Jam in running order • 15 minute Heat • Skate until you fall • 40 sec max run

Awards ceremony

Invited Athletes

Alana Smith

Allysha Bergado

Amelia Brodka

Arianna Carmona

Beverly Flood

Gaby Ponce

Hunter Long

Izy Mutu

Jordyn Barratt

Julz Lynn

Justyce Tabor

Karen Jonz

Kisa Nakamura

Leticia Bufoni

Lizzie Armanto

Lyn-Z Pastrana

Mimi Knoop

Nicole Hause

Nora Vasconcellos

Poppy Starr Olsen

Sarah Thompson

Vanessa Torres

Let me know if you want a different link I found these via the internet.

Early bowl riders that competed back in the 1970's were mostly male not very many women skaters. Here are a few that I have photo's of. If you look on line you will not find very many. And many woman skaters didn't get much coverage. Most of the photos are of freestyle and handstands. I like the pool photo's like this one of Cindy Whitehead Sportstylist® who has a great blog Girl is not a 4 letter word and supports women skaters. The "Girl is Not a 4 Letter Word" skateboard is a collab between Cindy Whitehead x Dusters California in conjunction with Longboarding for Peace. A portion of the proceeds benefit GRO (Girl Riders organization).

GNA4LW Store link to by rad shit.

Terri Lawrence regular Lakewood Skatepark female skater was a top vert rider back in the day. It is hard to fine 70's vert riders from back in our era. Stoked the current female skateboarders are getting center billing.

Leilani at Newark in NorCal and ripping at Spring Valley skatepark around December 1977.

Vicky Vickers ripped pools back in the day.

Denise Fleming, June 1978 Lakewood Skatepark halfpipe. Getting Edgy, Oct 1978 Photo: Bob Ballou.

Me skating Winchester Skatepark 1979 on of my favorite skate shots.

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