|Girls Combi Pool Classic 2013: the video|
|Girls Combi Pool Classic 2013: the video Vans Girls Combi Pool Classic 2013 - Division 2 (15 - 27 Years)|
|Nora Vasconcellos and Lizzie Armanto #1 and #2 at the 2013 edition of the Vans Girls Combi Pool Classic|
But, I always liked contests. Not so much because there is a clear winner at the end, but because it is an awesome opportunity to gather with friends, friends of friends, skateboarding gurus, photographers, writers, blogger, industry rainmakers or just unknown skaters. Let alone the best skater girls on the planet…
Believe me, you learn more by watching those girls shredding for 2 hours than an entire year watching nasty skate porn on You-Tube. I like contests because it shows an amazing sense of community and awesome resilience of the skater girls who gathered today at Vans. Those skater girls are the community of skateboarding; as no woman alone is an island, entire of itself; each is a piece of skateboarding, therefore a part of the main.
|The best hamburgers in town are courtesy of Mr Vans Himself. Photo Heidi Lemmon|
Free lunch at VansThose bowl contests at the Vans’ Combi Pool always have something that other contest don’t. Maybe that’s because the place is half closed, half nested in the corner of the skatepark or because there is free lunch served by Mr. Vans (Steve Van Doren) himself.
|Nora Vasconcellos winner of the 2013 Vans Girls Combi Pool Classic|
|Arianna Carmona #1 Under 14|
1 Ariana Carmona
2 Poppy Starr Olsen
3 Jordyn Barrett
4 Bryce Wettstien
5 Madi Thomas
6 Pauline Brannon
7 Annika Vrklan
8 Lilly Graves
9 Hanna Chumley
10 Tarryn Ross
11 Chasity Collins
Division two (15-27) represents the high energy, pro performance that have grown to define the scene over the past few years, amazing.
1 Nora Vasconcellos
2 Lizzie Armanto
3 Julz Lynn
4 Alana Smith
5 Hunter Long
6 Nicole Hause
7 Amelia Brodka
8 Abby Zsarney
9 Brittney Conrad
|A very emotional Cara Beth finished 4th of the over 28 division...|
1- Karen Jones
2- Catherine Folsom
3- Jean Rusen
4- Cara Beth
5- Lauren Callahan
6- Mansy Esch
7- Natalie Das
8- Kim Peterson
9- Nicole Noller
10- Ocea Iveson
|A small step for humanity, one giant leap for skateboarding. Lizzie Armanto #2 15-27|
|Poppy Starr Olsen, the star from Down Under flew from Sydney to participate at the contest. She is #2 of under 13|
Read Poppy Starr Interview on isTia.Tv
#1 Nora VasconcellosNora Vasconcellos is a multi-disciplined athlete that has earned competitive honors in both skating and surfing. She also enjoys snowboarding, photography and design. She just followed Amelia Brodka’s path and just moved from the East Coast to the San Diego area. She is 19 years old and undoubtedly has a long skate career ahead of her.
She has been a frequent competitor at the Oregon TriFecta, Florida Bowl Riders events, the Dew Tour and the X Games. In 2011, she came in at fourth place of the Girls Combi Pool contest. She was 2nd at Exposure 2012. Frankly, before the contest, I had placed Nora #2, with a dead heat between Lizzie And Julz. So, when DD announced that Nora won the contest, it was totally unexpected.
But in retrospective, she was the best today. She had higher airs, more powerful grinds and an awesome bag of tricks. Today marks a watershed in girls skateboarding. The old heroes of the past have been passed by an emboldened younger generation. All for the best of skateboarding and today, the judges did the right thing by awarding the 1st place to Nora. Nora was bound to win today... It was written somewhere, on Something Great Purple hanging from the ceiling...
|God never made any material as resilient as the skater girls. Lizzie Armanto|
#2 Lizzie ArmantoLizzie Armanto is 20 years old and has been skating competitively since 2007. In 2011 she dominated both Florida Bowl Riders Cup events, the TriFecta, Ladies Combi and the Tim Brauch Memorial Skate. In 2012, she won all the major Girls contest: she finished first at Pier Park, Rocky Mountain, Tim Brauch and Exposure 2012.
Her prowess on a skateboard earned her enough points to command a first place for three consecutive years at the WCS annual ranking. She has received sponsorship support from Bones Wheels, Indy Trucks, 187 Killer Pads, Santa Monica Airlines and others. She was the #1 skater at the WCS final rankings for the year 2012.
|Speed and control: Julz Lynn|
#3 Julz LynnJulz Lynn (Julie Kindstrand) started skateboarding in her father’s backyard pool and had Christian Hosoi as Master. . Julz Lynn is a killer!! Last July she ventured on a 1,500 miles trip from Long Beach to Lincoln City Oregon in order to raise awareness and money for Grind For Life and Keep A Breast Foundation. She was praised for her bold moves during the Boo B Q party at
|Julz Lynn, Lizzie Armando or Nora Vasconcellos. Any of the three could have win today but it was Nora's turn.|
|Ariann Carmona #1 of the under 14|
|Jean Rusen came for fun, but she finished #3. She had her 2 daughters waving big signs “we love you Mom” when|
she was shredding the pool. She is so rad… So rad… She is a role model. Much respect!!
|Successful people are prepared to fail more, and they are more persistent than others. Julz is one badass skate girl.|
She flies over the pool like a rocket…
Division 14 and under
#1 Arianna CarmomaYou may think that Arianna Carmona is new at skateboarding since she really surfaced in 2012, but she has actually been skating for almost 10 years. I remember seeing her at the Combi 3 years ago when she was just starting bowls and vert and when she was still sketchy. Those days are long gone and she is now a full-feldged bowl rider with her own particular style. She finished 1st of the AM skater girls at Exposure 2012, both in vert and bowl. Today, she finished 1st of the Girls Combi Pool Classic. Much deserved.
|Alana Smith tried a good 7 times to do a 540 on the square bowl. On her last attempt she almost got it... Almost..|
|Katherine Folsom riding with pride...|
More pictures and coverage on Sunday.
- Abby Zsarnay interview
- Allysha Bergado Interview
- Interview with Ameejay Papelera
- Interview with Amelia Brodka
- Interview with Annika Vrklan
- Interview with Cindy Whitehead
- Interview with world cup skateboardings
- Interview with Jordan Abraham
- Interview with Julie Kindstrand
- Interview with Lyn-z-hawkins
- Interview with Patti Mcgee
- Interview with Patty Segovia
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