Increasing ‘Exposure’ For Women And Girls In Skateboarding

Lisa Deaderick
The San Diego Union-Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Amelia Brodka takes some time to talk about her love of skateboarding, her passion for supporting women and girls in the sport, and her organization’s monthly “Skate Rising” event.

The San Diego Union-Tribune

At 8 years old, Amelia Brodka would “borrow” her brother’s skateboard and started out riding around on her knees. A few years later, she began learning how to ride it like everyone else, and although she liked playing a Tony Hawk video game and watching the X Games, it was seeing a women’s vert demonstration (riding on a ramp and transitioning from horizontal to vertical to perform tricks) at the Philadelphia X Games that sparked a skateboarding fire in her.

“Watching Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins and Cara-Beth Burnside skate a vert ramp in person suddenly made skateboarding feel accessible to me. Seeing them do airs and inverts on a huge ramp made me feel that it was possible for me to be able to do that one day,” she says. “At that moment, I became completely obsessed with skateboarding.”

A few years ago, she was moved to film a documentary about the lack of opportunities and resources for women and girls in skateboarding. “Underexposed: A Women’s Skateboarding Documentary” looked at the industry’s approach to marketing, funding, supporting and promoting women’s skateboarding, interviewed and filmed female skateboarders, and explored the business side of the sport through contact with the heads of top skateboarding brands.

After the film, she teamed up with a philanthropist to co-found Exposure Skate, a non-profit that hosts events and provides programming for women and girls in skateboarding and raises money to support victims of domestic violence.

Brodka, 28, lives in Vista with her fiance Alec Beck, and their cat and dog. She took some time to talk about her love of skateboarding, her passion for supporting women and girls in the sport, and her organization’s monthly Skate Rising event, taking place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Encinitas Community Park.

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