Jono Atkinson, rad dad to 6 year old, very keen, skateboarding daughter, Ione organised Swansea’s first ever girls comp at Exist Skatepark last weekend and what a smasher!
The Rogue team made their way over to the comp with Dora and Emily flying down from Scotland especially for it. There were 10+ groms flying all over the place when the team arrived, a great sight to see. Girls as young as 5 were dropping in the quarter and throwing themselves down the hugely steep (and highly terrifying) flatbank. Others on seeing what their counterparts were doing also got inspired to give new things a go.
The first few hours were spent just rolling the park and jamming together. By early evening it was time to kick off the comp and after a few technical difficulties (where would an event be without them?!?) with the music, the groms section got underway. The young’uns impressed all with their no-nonsense style, dropping quarters twice their size and rolling over steep banks. There were quite a few skater dads in attendance cheering on, obviously proud (and also secretly happy they now have a good excuse to still go to the skate park!).
Next up was the women’s comp. Georgie, who’s nerves usually get the better of her in competitions was stomping down tricks all over the place with flips over the driveway and hip, a backside flip on the exceptionally steep bank and a 50-50 on the large hubba. But it was teammate Dora who took the title with her trademark tre flip and 360 shuvs over the driveway, a boardslide on the rail and a 50-50 180-out down the hubba. Fran Stroud took 3rd also landing a boardslide on the rail and a flip over the driveway.
There were huge smiles all over the place as everyone was obviously enjoying themselves immensely – the women’s comp was supposed to be 10 minutes but kept on going until the girls were knacked – they just didn’t want to stop.
The final comp of the day was labelled ‘best trick on the mini’. And who better to take the title than Emily Russell. A few smith grinds here and there and a frontside tail were her warm up tricks. She opted for something more technical in order to win the mini comp. A blunt to tail. The first few tries were close but just didn’t hold but with much encouragement from the crowd, she landed it and was awarded a new deck for her efforts.
Quite possibly the best quote of the comp came from one young 6 year old rider who on watching the ‘big girls’ skate declared that she wanted to be just like them when she grew up because they were ‘Awesome!’
Great job and big thanks to the guys at Exist!
1st Dora Horvath
2nd Georgina Winter
3rd Fran Stroud
1st Emily Holt aged (7)
2nd Ione Atkinson aged (6)
3rd Lilly Thomson aged (9)
Miniramp best trick:
Emily Russell with a blunt to tail