2011 Supergirl Skateboard Street & Snowboard Rail Jam: Venice Beach, CA
THOUSANDS OF FANS FLOCK TO WATCH TOP FEMALE ATHLETES AS 5TH ANNUAL SUPERGIRL JAM BRINGS THE HEAT— AND THE SNOW— TO VENICE BEACH
Supergirl Veterans Dominate as Alexis Sablone Takes Skateboard
Street Title, Laurie Currier Wins Third Snowboard Rail Jam Title
and Samarria Brevard Tops Am-Jam
LOS ANGELES (August 21, 2011) — Top female athletes showcased their skateboarding and snowboarding skills in front of record crowds along the famed Venice Beach boardwalk as the 5th Annual Supergirl Jam series came to a close today. The event series— designed to empower young women by celebrating their strength, creativity and intelligence— kicked-off earlier this month with the Supergirl Pro Junior surf contest in Oceanside, CA. The series features more than 100 pros in surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding and is the action sports industry’s largest all-female competition and lifestyle series.
Alexis Sablone (New York, NY), Laurie Currier (Wrightwood, CA) and Samarria Brevard (Riverside, CA) all had their moments atop the podium draped in the coveted pink Supergirl cape as winners of the Skateboard Street, Snowboard Rail Jam and Am-Jam contests. They represented the best among a field of dozens of young women who participated in the action sports industry’s largest all-female competition and lifestyle festival.
Set against a palm tree-lined backdrop, beachgoers were treated to some of the world’s best female snowboarders as they battled it out on a 28-foot-tall man-made mountain packed with 80,000 pounds of snow. Danyale Patterson was attempting to defend her title against a tough field of competitors who brought mind-boggling tricks that pushed the progression of women’s rail riding to the next level. Ultimately, Laurie Currier stood out, landing clutch tricks like ollying over a three-foot narrow steel down bar to execute a hardway 180 to switch 50-50 to regular, scoring her third Supergirl Rail Jam title and the first place check. Patterson and Desiree Melancon rounded out the podium in second and third, respectively.
“Having snowboarding on the beach makes this such a cool event and so different from every contest out there,” said snowboarder Laurie Currier. “It’s my fourth Supergirl Jam. I’ve made the podium every time, and this one put me back on top in first place. The Supergirl contest takes everything I love and puts it into one amazing event.”
The crowd moved from snowboarding to skate where the top female pro skaters in the world competed on a custom-built course. Alexis Sablone— Supergirl reigning champ and X Games skateboard street gold medalist— reclaimed her title, pulling out the biggest and hardest tricks among her competitors, including a kickflip 50-50 on the hubba and nollie-heeling the Euro-gap.
“This contest is really important. It gives the girls an opportunity to get exposure by focusing on just them,” said pro skateboarder Alexis Sablone. “It’s really cool. The course is always different and the beach provides a more relaxed atmosphere for a contest. I look forward to it every year.”
Lacey Baker (Covina, CA) took second in Skateboard Street and Amy Caron (Huntington Beach, CA) took third. Baker stepped up with some of the most technical tricks in the contest. Other standout athletes included Vanessa Torres, who impressed the crowd with a frontside boardside down the rail, one of the best tricks of the day.
Earlier in the day, top amateur skateboarders Chelsea Castro and Samarria Brevard wowed spectators as they took on the unique head-to-head format and qualified to compete alongside the pros. Brevard won the Supergirl Am-Jam with Castro finishing second, securing each skater a spot on the pro course. Melissa Spillman, who also competed in the Am-Jam, was a cross-over athlete, taking on both skate and snow courses in a Supergirl first.
The Supergirl Jam series will be broadcast nationally in October via three hours of coverage on FOX Sports Net (FSN) and five hours of coverage on FUEL TV. For more detailed information on the Supergirl Jam event or the television programming please visit www.Supergirljam.com.
All-girl bands, The Donnas and The Clique Girlz, capped off the day’s activities with a free concert on the beach. The S3 Supergirl Jam is part of GO211 Live, California’s longest running action sports and lifestyle festival. In addition to showcasing the world’s largest professional surfing competition, the 2008 U.S. Open of Surfing, the GO211 Live festival village boasts many activities for the action sports enthusiast young and old.
1. Samarria Brevard
2. Chelsea Castro
3T. Erin Wolfkiel
3T. Victoria Ruesga
5T. Celina Meehan
5T. Taylor Beatty
5T. Marissa Martinex
5T. Amee Jay Papelera
9T. Annika Vryklan
9T. Jazmine Barney
9T. Amanda Castillo
9T. Sarah Thompson
9T. Rosa Navarro
9T. Abbey Caporuscio
9T. Melissa Spillman