ENCINITAS ? A women’s skateboarding organization has won city permission to host a competition that’s expected to draw some 5,000 people to Encinitas’ newest park this fall.
EXPOSURE skate — a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women through skateboarding — plans to have its event Saturday, Nov. 7 at the city’s 44-acre park on Santa Fe Drive, just west of Interstate 5.
Encinitas City Council members unanimously agreed Wednesday night to grant the organization permission to use the park, but said they wanted skatepark helmet regulations strictly enforced.
“Hold the line on helmets,” Councilwoman Catherine Blakespear said.
That won’t be a problem, a city parks employee told her, noting that the EXPOSURE organization considers itself a role model for young women. Blakespear responded that she wanted event organizers to do more than “role model” the wearing of helmets, she wanted strict enforcement of helmet regulations for all participants.
Councilman Tony Kranz said he also wanted to make sure the city’s ban on smoking in the parks was well enforced during the event.
This will be the third time EXPOSURE has hosted what’s billed as the “biggest all-female skateboarding event in the world.” Organizers held last year’s event at the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA’s skatepark.
Two months after that event, Encinitas opened its new community park, which contains a 13,000-square-foot skate park with a huge skating “bowl” and an mock “urban” area with planters, ramps and platform spaces where skateboarders can show off their stunts.
During this fall’s all-day event at the park, EXPOSURE plans to have everything from learn-to-skate clinics to competitions featuring top pros in women’s skateboarding, a city staff report states. Girls can meet their favorite stars during pro autograph signing sessions, and competitors can loosen up tight muscles at during yoga clinics.
Pro-skateboarder Amelia Brodka, along with a few “motivated philanthropists” and a team of volunteers formed EXPOSURE in 2012 after becoming alarmed by the elimination of women’s events in most major skateboarding competitions, the organization’s website states. The group’s inaugural event, which had a $20,000 prize purse, featured the first-ever McTwist performed by a female in competition, the website notes.
A rising young star in skateboarding — then-12-year-old Alana Smith of Phoenix — won a $1,000 prize for the stunt.
“It’s a really crazy feeling to be upside down and spinning around and then get your wheels under you and ride it out,” she told
ESPN.com after landing the trick.