Skaters of any ages, it’s time to get your board, video camera and riding tunes.
Exposure Skate is showcasing a few of the world’s most ingenious female-identifying and non-binary skateboarders through friendly competitors, all the while raising cash for regional domestic violence shelters.
On Nov. 6, the renowned La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas will host the opening night of Exposure X, a feature-length skate video including leading female skateboarders from around the world.
The best will function as part of the group’s yearly females’s advantage for the Community Resource Center’s Domestic Violence Shelter.
Exposure Skate was co-founded in 2012 by Polish-American Olympic skateboarder and existing Vista homeowner Amelia Brodka.
When Brodka was very first knowing and establishing her skating abilities, she worried how there weren’t numerous chances for females and ladies in skateboarding.
“It was my dream to be a pro skateboarder, and I saw more and more girls and women skating at a higher level all the time, and I wanted to help support the movement that I was seeing because it wasn’t getting any support from sponsors or event coordinators or anything,” Brodka stated.
While going to the University of Southern California, Brodka produced a documentary that concentrated on the glaring absence of chances for females in skateboarding.
Her movie, Underexposed: A Women’s Skateboarding Documentary, examines the skate market’s method to female skateboarders and takes a look at how to enhance female representation in the sport.
Brodka stated a flame was fired up within her after the X Games canceled the females’s skate vert occasion in 2011, a competitors near to Brodka’s heart as she had actually been a qualifier.
“It seemed like there was no way for a female to become a professional skateboarder,” Brodka stated, “What I wanted to do was just help fill that void and create an avenue through which girls can pursue skateboarding.”
And hence, Exposure Skate was born.
Brodka’s non-profit, Exposure Skate, intends to empower females and ladies in skateboarding.
She stated her primary objective, and the reason that she likes Exposure Skate a lot, is the sociability amongst ladies of any ages.
“To me, it’s about bringing the community together. It’s just wonderful to see girls from Australia meeting skaters from South Africa for the first time. Then, they bond over their love for skateboarding and create lifelong friendships.”
Empowerment exceeds the competitors. A crucial part of Exposure Skate is returning to the neighborhood. Every occasion, whether it be a competitors, center or program, has a social work component.
Major occasions, like Exposure X, raise cash for survivors of domestic violence.
Monthly Exposure centers have a various service-based style where ladies volunteer in the neighborhood prior to getting on their boards.
“Each month they learn about a different need in the community, such as bullying or homelessness. Then, we adapt an activity around that need. Maybe making friendship bracelets for victims of bullying or collecting homeless support kits,” Brodka stated, “We like to instill that sense of community, supporting one another in our participants.”
Amelia Brodka, Exposure Skate Founder
Brodka was born and raised in Poland. She relocated to the U.S. when she was 8-years-old, where she fell for the sport.
Her bro initially presented her to skateboarding… well a skateboard, a minimum of.
“I would play with it and then just take it and ride on my knees,” Brodka stated. “I just was in immediate love with that feeling, you know, just like the wind in my face and the rush of speed.”
The sensation did not last long as her bro stopped letting her usage the board due to the fact that she “wasn’t doing it right.”
After that, it had to do with 4 years till Brodka saw another skateboard.
“I just saw my friend skating down the street. I was about 11 or 12-years-old and I just thought, ‘Oh, that’s the thing my brother said I couldn’t do.’ So, I immediately said to my friend, ‘You need to teach me how to do that,'” Brodka stated.
It wasn’t till Brodka experienced other ladies skateboarding that she recognized it was a neighborhood she might be a part of and pursue a future in.
Brodka remembered the very first time she went to the X Games in Philadelphia throughout the early 2000s and came across a females’s vert demonstration.
“I remember seeing Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins, who was 12, and I remember thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m 12 and she’s over here soaring in the air.’ And in that moment, I realized, ‘Oh, maybe this is something I can do. I was obsessed ever since.’ So it’s all I want to do,” she stated.
Fast forward to 2007, Brodka started contending in her very first professional vert and bowl contests. It all came cycle when she had the ability to complete in the X Games for the very first time.
Now in 2021, Brodka has a multitude of awards and experiences under her belt from all over the world.
She even had the chance to complete in the inaugural females’s park occasion at the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer season, where she ended up 17th in the semi-finals.
“It was an emotional roller coaster, to say the least, but it was definitely exciting to be a part of and I was able to do well enough in the events in order to be able to accumulate the points necessary,” she stated.
For Brodka, contending in the Olympics brought a various weight as she was the only skateboarder representing Poland in the Olympic Games.
“It meant so much to me to even try to be a part of it because, all of a sudden, my family in Poland accepted what I do as something more than just a childhood toy and me wasting my time,” Brodka stated.
Thirteen-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown of Great Britain won bronze in females’s park skateboarding. Team U.S.A.’s Bryce Wettstein ended up in 6th location.
Brodka included that living in Vista in San Diego’s North County was a big aid in getting ready for the Olympics.
“It’s part of the culture here in Southern California. There’s skateboarding everywhere you look.”
Three skaters from North County comprised the U.S.’s females’s group— 22-year-old Jordyn Barratt, of Oceanside, and 17-year-olds Brighton Zeuner and Bryce Wettstein, both of Encinitas.
NBC 7’s Lauren Coronado went to a the North County skatepark where a happy regional Olympian refined her craft.
The 3 skaters were amongst the 60% of female skaters who contended in the Olympics this year who began at Exposure Skate, according to Brodka.
“It’s just been really wonderful to see their growth and to see how then they turn around and pay it forward,” Brodka stated.
Exposure X Event
In its 10th year, Exposure is altering its yearly competitors from conventional vert, street, and park ability occasions. Instead, Exposure X will explore what Brodka and her group consider among skateboarding’s the majority of important efficiency signs — video.
Competitors of any ages and levels were asked to send videos of themselves doing their finest techniques, shredding it out and having a good time.
“We’ve created a hybrid, virtual and in-person event, and each girl will film a video, which is basically a compilation of her best skateboarding and the most challenging terrain she can find,” Brodka stated, explaining the competitors.
Submissions will go through scoring from leading market specialists consisting of Elissa Steamer, among the very first professional female skateboarders ever, Vanessa Torres, the very first woman to ever win the X Games, and Jaime Reyes, the very first woman to be on the cover of “Thrasher” publication.
The winning videos will be exposed in the Exposure X skate movie best at La Paloma Theatre on Nov. 6.
Winners of Exposure’s video competitors will be granted a $50,000 reward bag and be included in “Thrasher.”
Last year’s advantage competitors looked a lot various due to COVID-19. Exposure changed equipments from in-person competitors to video submissions, something they are using once again this year.
For the occasion, 230 ladies from 23 various nations sent collections of their finest skateboarding for evaluating in 2020.
“I was overwhelmed to see how many girls were able to get out there and put together amazing parts. So many girls and so many rippers and so many new faces, it brought a lot of happiness to a lot of skateboarders around the world,” stated Jordyn Barrat in a news release for Exposure X.
Barrat contended for Team U.S.A. in skateboarding’s very first Olympic competitors at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Brodka shared that Barrat was among the numerous female skaters who got their start at Exposure.
Barrat contended in her very first Exposure occasion as an amateur in 2012 and has actually worked her method up the professional podium.
Brodka presumes a lot more ladies and non-binary people might send videos in this year’s competitors after the favorable responses from market members throughout the Olympics.
“It’s like they didn’t realize that women’s skateboarding has progressed so much and it still is. It’s progressing really rapidly, and I know that we’re going to see that at Exposure X,” Brodka stated.
She included, she is extremely delighted to being in the audience and listen to individuals’s responses to the techniques that decrease.
In addition to seeing what the ladies give the table this year, Brodka hopes the occasion will shine a light on problems dealing with females all over the world and in our own neighborhood.
“The rates of domestic violence have grown across the globe, so we definitely want to bring that issue to light and make sure that people know that there are resources that they can reach out to and that we support them,” she stated.
Unfortunately, San Diego is no complete stranger to domestic violence.
According to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), there were 8,936 domestic violence occurrences reported in the very first half of 2021.
That’s a 5% boost from the 8,496 reported in the very first half of 2020 when the stay-home order was in impact.
Funds raised through the Exposure X occasion will benefit the Community Resource Center’s Domestic Violence Shelter.