It was a pleasure to be a part of it and see so many great people of the Concrete Disciples and skateboard community in general volunteer their time and energy to support the ladies. The ladies, in turn, put on quite a competition in the bowl for us all to enjoy.
Wicked Wahine Bowl Contest 2004
It’s unanimous, the girls want another one! This Wicked Wahine Bowl contest, the brain child of Tammy Tangalin and Liz Brandenburg, was a complete success. Who better to run and organize a girl skate contest than girls that skate? It was a pleasure to be a part of it and see so many great people of the Concrete Disciples and skateboard community in general volunteer their time and energy to support the ladies. The ladies, in turn, put on quite a competition in the bowl for us all to enjoy.
The day opened up in Glendale with an open jam for practice and the bowl was rocking with Grom and Ams who were readying themselves for the contest that started soon after this practice session. The Girls kept coming and signing up. Most people wondered where all these girls skated since they have never seen so many skating in one place. The Grom division got underway before noon. Most of these girls were new to competition but they all had some bowl skills to show the crowd and judges and after 2 runs the scores were added up to find a winner.
The AM division was 3 heats of girls all out for blood! OK, maybe not blood but they were competitive to say the least. Apryl Woodcock had every bodies attention from practice into the contest because she had more difficult tricks then most guys and she is only 12 years old. She was definitely the girl to beat if you were going to take the AM division. The top 3 from each heat battled in the finals. The bowl got lit up for a couple hours with barking grinds, roaring slides, slams, and some airs. Apryl came out on top with her amazing arsenal of tricks.
Two heats of Pro Girls quickly jumped into the bowl at the conclusion of the AMS. 10 in total got cut down to 6 for a final. Us judges had our hands full because the skill level on these girls is all very close and only a few tricks vary from each one. They were all ruling the place pulling bigger airs, harder grinds, faster carves, inverts, and ollies all over the place. They were pushing each other and in the jam they were encouraged to be aggressive which lead to a good little snake session with multiple girls going at the same time! I don’t think I can remember ever seen that in a girls contest yet!!! It was dope!
Mimi took home the first place spot with solid grinds, fast carving, airs, and inverts. Heidi Fitzgerald was #2 by making really solidly long runs, linking tricks back to back in all areas of the bowl. 3rd was Holly Lyons who was charging the bowl with speed, grinds, and frontside airs, and backside transfers over the hip. In 4th was Julia ‘Jules’ Bauer who was grinning the whole time (except when slamming on her wrist repeatedly) while slamming the pool coping on the over vert. Nicole Zuck came in 5th and made some hard charges on the over vert pocket and backside airs in the deep end.
The best trick boiled down to Apryl’s slide n roll on the over vert pocket and Mimi Knoop’s frontside invert. Time ran out before Mimi pulled the invert and the 12 year old girl took home $100 cash and a new skim board.
1st – Lexi Barclay – Folsom, CA (sponsor: Surf & Skate Board Shop, Skate Park Guide)
2nd – Felicity Corral – Fontana, CA
3rd – Chelsea Olsen – Round Lake, IL (sponsor: Grandpa Roy)
4th – Amee Jay Papelora – Lakewood, CA
5th – Michelle Buck – Lake Forest, CA
6th – Nicole Sheridan – Culver City, CA (sponsor: SPAUSA)
7th – Cara Lawson – Fonata, CA
8th – Melissa O’ Grady – Los Angeles, CA (sponsor: SPAUSA)
1st – Apryl Woodcock – Chino, CA (sponsor: Termite, Protec, Vans, Eyewitness, Grindking, Rims, Rampwerx, Termitegrip)
2nd – Jean Rusen – Tempe, AZ (sponsor: ConcreteDivas.com)
3rd – Rose Bernfeld – Oceanside, CA (sponsor: Sacrifice Skateboards, Rockets, Daughter Jasymn)
4th – Caylen Dakin – Trukee, CA (sponsor: Nikita, Electric, Skatepark Guide, Exit Real World)
5th – Heidi Kreis – La Palma, CA
1st – Mimi Knoop – San Diego, CA (sponsor: Nikita, Factory)
2nd – Heidi Fitzgerald – San Diego, CA (sponsor: Autobahn, Dickies Girl, Independent, FAB Optix, Dagger Skates, Randoms)
3rd – Holly Lyons – Encinitas, CA (sponsor: Roxy, Power Shoes, Nixon)
4th – Juwels Bauer – Seal Beach, CA (sponsor: Nikita, Eastern Boarder)
5th – Nicole Zuck – San Diego, CA (sponsor: Lady Daggers)
6th – Amber Cangilose – Carlsbad, CA (sponsor: Gallaz, Black Label, Nixon)
1. Apryl Woodcock