Created in 2012 by female skateboarders Amelia Brodka and Lesli Cohen, Exposure Skate (a nonprofit organization) has been holding competitions for street, park, and vert for female competitors from novice to professional level for several years. Up until this year the event had been held in Encinitas, California, but with the newly renovated Vans Huntington Beach Skatepark adding a vert ramp it was the perfect spot to host the 2019 event on November 2.
I’ve been attending Exposure since 2015 and each year I have noticed a rise in the amount of competitors in all age groups, as well as talent level. This year’s event was no different and they even added a few side events like Best Trick in Vert and Street, Longest Grind (in Reverse Combi), and Highest Air (Vert Ramp).
Winning a high air competition with a frontside air is a pretty rare occurrence but that’s exactly what Nicole Hause did as she flew higher than all the rest.
Watching the ladies compete on all the different styles of skateboarding is always a pleasure, and especially when you see a 12-year-old from Australia doing McTwists over the channel like Ruby Trew. The future is definitely looking bright for women’s skateboarding heading into the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Jordyn Barratt, Nicole Haus and Mimi Knoop hanging out on the vert ramp.
Women’s Pro Street Podium L to R: Amanda Castillo, Itzel Granados, Margielyn Arda Didal, Georgia Martin, Celina Meehan
Chalk up another win in park competition in 2019 for Bryce Wettstein who’s been on a roll as of late. Lofty backside air in the park event.
Ruby Trew spins a legitimate McTwist over the channel during the best trick contest.
Women’s Pro Vert Podium L to R: Arianna Carbona, Sakura Yosozumi, Ruby Trew
Texan and 2020 US Olympic hopeful in park skating Jordan Santana slides a lipslide around the corner during the park competition.
Samarria Brevard was just a clean ride away from winning the best trick in street contest as she nearly landed a few 360 flips over the Vans sign. Prior to those attempts she did roll away from a solid backside 180.
Two legends: Lizzie Armanto and Christian Hosoi enjoying the afternoon in Huntington Beach, California.
The Philippine Islands is where Margielyn Arda Didal comes from and that’s a heeflip she’s about to catch with her mute hand on her way to winning best trick street. Oh, she also won the pro street event.
The Japanese girls have been killing it lately and one of their top skaters is Sakura Yosozumi who connects the front truck on a fakie to front nosegrind.
Nicole Hause on a rock-solid invert during the vert contest.