Looking forward to 2013

“The biggest news for female athletes, aside from the cross-sport video-segment competition called Real Women, which will debut in 2013, is the addition of Skateboard Park in Barcelona,” (X Games adds new disciplines).

This news has left me so speechless that the only way I know how to respond to it is by sharing the response of fellow skateaholic Nora Vasconcellos:Image

A big thanks to The Alliance for making it happen! 

Also, Congrats to Leticia Bufoni and Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins Pastrana for getting the opportunity to work on some video parts! I’d like to see some Mega McTwists and rail assassination… But I’m slightly confused as to how they are going to be judged against the other “real women” of ski and surf, and how they are going to “announce winners May 16-19” based on voting that doesn’t start until May 30. Hmm. But maybe I just misunderstood the article

If you’re wondering about the status of the documentary, we heard it was a bit underexposed so we went to get it color-corrected Technicolor.

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And in case you missed the Underexposed coverage of the Exposure vert contest, here’s the recap:

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/53572730″>UNDEREXPOSED Teaser / Exposure 2012 Vert Recap</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user8175330″>Amelia Brodka</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

EXPOSURE 2012 Recap Part 1

EXPOSURE 2012 went better than I could have ever imagined!!!! Despite all of the warnings about the stress and madness that comes with event planning and the concerns about whether there was enough time to put it all together, I couldn’t believe how smoothly it all went down. The level of help, hype and skating really blew me away. It was an honor to have such a hard-working team of volunteers. Thank you all so much!!!

The biggest thank you of all goes to the event co-chair, Armando De La Libertad, for being the catalyst for the event in the first place. Not only would the event not have happened without him, but I would have drowned in paperwork/minute details/organizational mishaps if it were not for his help!

There was really a great energy in the air throughout the event. It seemed like everyone was excited, smiling, and skating amazingly. I am so proud of all of the skaters for throwing down! It was very inspiring to see how well the AMs were skating too. They are on-par with where the Pro level was when I started competing. I was definitely struggling to keep up with my own division.

We had a phenomenal set of judges including: Mike McGill, Steve Caballero, Jean Rusen, Dave Hackett and Aaron Astorga with Jim Gray keeping score.

I loved watching Alana Smith giggle and smile between 540 tries, laughing off each slam until she made it. I’m so proud of her!

We were fortunate enough to have the talent of Underexposed’s producer, Brian Lynch, behind the lens and in the editing room. Check out part 1 of the recap here:

UNDEREXPOSED Teaser / Exposure 2012 Bowl Recap from Amelia Brodka on Vimeo.

I still can’t believe how well it all went. I am excited to work towards creating more ways to fuel the progression of women’s skateboarding. Judging by the level of help, support, and excitement, I’m am definitely not alone!

Additional thank you’s go out to our “Good Souls” committee. Including: Barb Odanaka, Al Braun, Mike Ross, Brenda Chapman, Hailey Villa (beautiful shirts!), Lisa Fletcher, Mary Mills, Nicole Noller, Archer Braun, Matt Condon, Christy Nunes, Claudia Hoag, Erica Shulz, Ocea Lei, Jerome Green, Lynn Kramer, Mike Owen, Terry Toby, Adrian Demain, Lawrence Bowser, all of the skaters’ parents, all of the sponsors, all of the photographers, all of the attendees and anyone I may have omitted.

It seems like the event really lived up to its name. Check out all of the EXPOSURE! Click below for links
ESPN
THRASHER
MOVIETICKETS.COM
CONCRETE DISCIPLES
SK8SESSION

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR THE SUPPORT!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to do it again

Check out the full results here: http://exposureskate.org/?page_id=17

GOuld SKATEBOARDING

I went to an amazing high school.
Gould Academy has a skateboard program.
STOP

Before you think “ew, organized skateboarding,” check out a new part of their program.
The So. Cal Skate Trip takes Gould and non-Gould students from all over the country to skate some of Southern California’s best skate spots.
From private parks to historic street spots, we tried to hit them all last summer.
Check it out:

With a school like that, you can see why I’m excited to travel to Maine to re-visit the campus next weekend.

For more information on how to join us on our next skate adventure. Click here

Exposure 2012 Website is live

Check out the new website for the EXPOSURE 2012 event: http://exposureskate.org/

IF YOU WANT TO SKATE IN THE CONTEST PLEASE PRE-REGISTER AT http://exposureskate.org/?page_id=109

WARNING: If you do not pre-register and show up the day of the event, I will snake you in practice.

Also, DJ Ben Oprstu will be the main DJ spinning poolside. You may remember him from DANCEiSM, CONTROL Fridays at the Avalon, or as the opener for MSTRKRFT, The Faint, Chromeo, AC Slater, Diplo… the list goes on

EXPOSURE 2012: a women’s benefit event

Come on out to Clairemont Nov. 3rd! Whether you’re skating, want to learn, or just want to watch, come support women’s skateboarding as well as the non-profit Human Options. We’re raising scholarship funds for victims of domestic violence.

The event will feature learn-to-skate clinics from 9-11AM and then we will kick off the string of contests: AM bowl, PRO bowl, AM vert, PRO vert and wrap up with a “first to 540 jam.” Will you be the next female to land a 540? Mike McGill will be there to judge…

WANT TO SKATE? WANT TO VOLUNTEER? e-mail amelia.brodka@gmail.com

WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING SPONSORS. Please e-mail amelia.brodka@gmail.com for additional information…

Rocky Mountain Rampage

Team Pain and Sk8 Strong are doing some amazing work in Colorado. This past weekend I was grateful to have been able to make it out to the Rocky Mountain Rampage in Colorado Springs, CO. The vert ramp and bowl at the Memorial Skatepark are super fun, the turnout was great and the locals were amazingly hospitable. I can’t wait to go back again next year!

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I’m super grateful to have been a part of the first women’s contest in 2 years! Everyone was skating really well and I was lucky to be able to sneak into 4th place.

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Lyn-Z Adams with a death-defying fs-invert transfer into the rollin
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Trying to hang in there during finals! I ended up getting 5th
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Franziska Stolz, a vert skater from Swizerland, is taking a photo of my disaster
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Lizzie knows how to crailslide properly. Maybe she will teach me. Congrats to her for winning vert AND bowl!!!
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Teaching one of the local girls proper foot placement

Special thanks to Nate McDonald for the photography and Skater Dreams for the support!

Check out the World Cup Skateboarding website for full results!

Overexposed

Sorry, I got lost in post-collegite vert world and forgot I had a blog.

But there was this:

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hoto by Mahfia.com 

This was a private, invite-only, work-in-progress screening. I’m sorry if you missed it, and I wish I could tell you when/where you can see it, but that is up to the Film Festival Gods now. Don’t worry, Moonrise Kingdom was better anyway. But a million “thank you”s to the lovely industry folks who came and stayed for the Q&A and turned my queasy nervuousness into feelings of warm fuzzy joy.

Then there was lots of Overexposure:

Coven Magazine
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And then my wildest dreams came true: A Thrasher interview?

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“What’s next?” I don’t know. In the meantime, I’m going to try to stop grabbing stinkbug.