Calling All Skater Girls
Venice Springtime Ladies Skate Jam celebrates gender equality on four wheels
Who says skateboarding is just for boys?
Skater girls will be carving up the mini bowl at the Venice Skate Park on Saturday for the first ever Venice Beach Springtime Ladies Skate Jam.
Celebrating gender equality in 2016, the festival invites lady skaters of all ages to take part in individual runs in the park’s snake run and mini bowl. A “Pup Cup” for beginners will also be held on flat ground.
If you prefer to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, attendees can check out sponsor booths or meet-and-greet with pros and legends at signing sessions.
Action sports pioneer Gale Webb, Skateboarding Hall of Fame inductees Cindy Whitehead and Jen O’ Brien, X Games pros Brighton Zeuner, Ariana Carmona and Jordyn Barratt, and skateboarding greats Lonnie Hiramoto, Jim Gray and Steve Steadham will be signing autographs in the VIP tent.
You can also get a peek of the pros doing demos in the big bowl.
Women’s skateboarding pioneer and author Patty Segovia will also be on hand to sign copies of her book “All Girl Skate Jam,” while DJ Carissa Caparas (aka KRZA) will spin beats throughout the day.
— Christina Campodonico
The Venice Springtime Ladies Skate Jam happens from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Venice Skate Park, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. Call (310) 399-2775 or visit veniceskatepark.com.