Increasing ‘Exposure’ for women and girls in skateboarding
April 12, 2018 - skateboarding
At 8 years old, Amelia Brodka would “borrow” her brother’s skateboard and started out roving around on her knees. A few years later, she began training how to float it like everybody else, and nonetheless she favourite personification a Tony Hawk video diversion and examination a X Games, it was saying a women’s vert proof (riding on a ramp and transitioning from plane to straight to perform tricks) during a Philadelphia X Games that sparked a skateboarding glow in her.
“Watching Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins and Cara-Beth Burnside movement a vert ramp in chairman unexpected done skateboarding feel permitted to me. Seeing them do front and inverts on a outrageous ramp done me feel that it was probable for me to be means to do that one day,” she says. “At that moment, we became totally spooky with skateboarding.”
A few years ago, she was changed to film a documentary about a miss of opportunities and resources for women and girls in skateboarding. “Underexposed: A Women’s Skateboarding Documentary” looked during a industry’s proceed to marketing, funding, ancillary and compelling women’s skateboarding, interviewed and filmed womanlike skateboarders, and explored a business side of a competition by hit with a heads of tip skateboarding brands. After a film, she teamed adult with a humanitarian to co-found Exposure Skate, a non-profit that hosts events and provides programming for women and girls in skateboarding and raises income to support victims of domestic violence.
Brodka, 28, lives in Vista with her fiancé Alec Beck, and their cat and dog. She took some time to speak about her adore of skateboarding, her passion for ancillary women and girls in a sport, and her organization’s monthly Skate Rising event, holding place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday during Encinitas Community Park.
Q: What compelled we to make a documentary “Underexposed”?
A: The documentary was desirous by a year during that all women’s groups were canceled from a tip skateboarding events. During a same year, we witnessed a expansion in a ability turn of womanlike skaters alongside an increasing volume of girls and women skateboarding. Despite a growth, it seemed like there was no approach for a womanlike to “make it” in skateboarding because, during that time, a tip women were not removing support from sponsors, media or skateboarding events. The usually approach that women seemed in movement magazines or in media were as hardly clad models posing in advertisements. we suspicion that maybe a attention was not saying a expansion that was function and we felt it deserved to be showcased.
Q: How did we go from documentary filmmaker to co-founding a nonprofit? What led to a preference to found Exposure Skate?
A: The final summary of a documentary stated, “If we wish something to happen, we have to emanate a change.” Seeing that a infancy of a documentary focused on a miss of events, we motionless we wanted to emanate an eventuality to fill a void. we figured that a unique, women’s-only eventuality that drew a world’s tip womanlike skaters from all disciplines together would beget media seductiveness and therefore “exposure” for a girls pulling a boundary of women’s skateboarding. The recover of “Underexposed” irritated a seductiveness of like-minded philanthropists who wanted to support a vision, and one of those was Lesli Cohen, who co-founded a women’s drum hockey team, that led to a growth of a inhabitant women’s league. Her prophesy and idea aligned with cave and … we wanted a eventuality to strech over skateboarding as good as assistance a village in need. After a successful eventuality in 2012, we motionless that a best approach to perform a mutual prophesy to commission women and girls by skateboarding was to co-found a nonprofit.
Q: Why did we continue to sojourn in skateboarding over a years?
A: we fell in adore with skateboarding when we gifted that even a pretence that primarily seems unfit could be achieved by determined practice. The clarity of fulfilment in alighting a new pretence is distinct anything we have ever experienced. Skateboarding taught me something new any day. There was always a new pretence to learn, a new mark to knowledge and a new approach to ideal a trick. It also taught me that adversity can be overcome with willpower and commitment. Despite hours of unsuccessful attempts, falls and fears, we could pull by obstacles and strech your goal. The inlet of skateboarding involves we to pull opposite a corner of your abilities and comfort section any day.
What we adore about North County …
I positively adore vital in North County. The best thing about it is that it has a best open and private movement spots. It also has an extraordinary loose atmosphere, ideal weather, good people, minimal traffic, good surfing, pleasing hiking, beautiful lagoons and tasty restaurants. What some-more could we ask for?
Q: What can we tell us about your monthly Skate Rising events?
A: Skate Rising is Exposure’s girl module dedicated to training care by use and empowerment by skateboarding. It is a brainchild of Calli Kelsay, who ran a initial Skate Rising eventuality in Aug 2016. After that event, Calli and we met and satisfied that a missions of lenient girls and giving behind to a village align ideally and we motionless to partner underneath a Exposure nonprofit. Since then, Calli has been conceptualizing a curriculum and using a monthly events in Encinitas. We recently re-launched a Skate Rising events in Phoenix as well.
Q: What can people design during this event?
A: Our subsequent Skate Rising eventuality is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday during a Encinitas Community Park. These events are designed to offer girls 4 to 18 years old. Each eventuality facilities a training impulse during that a guest orator addresses a need in a community, a village use plan designed to assuage that need, and a learn-to-skate clinic. Past village use projects embody kits for a homeless, bracelets for victims of bullying, and activity kits for children of Rady Children’s Hospital. This weekend’s eventuality is presented by Tea Collection and will concentration on building a girls’ self-respect with a message: “Be YOUrself, You are YOUnique and beYOUtiful.” Girls will be creation prophesy play that paint their goals and dreams and afterwards honing their skateboarding skills with a Neal Mims Skate Academy.
Q: Your website says that we wish to commission women by skateboarding. How?