Which Skater Girl Is Pictured On The Side Of The New Vans Tour Bus?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

While we were at the El Gato Classic in Palm Springs this weekend watching the new wave of girls kill it on the vert ramp, we discovered something else that's very cool. 

The new graphics on the Vans motorhome include 1970's skateboarder Ellen Oneal Deason. Ellen was inducted into The Skateboard Hall of Fame in 2014 and was well known in the 70's for her graceful freestyle routines. She is an icon in our sport and was an early Vans team rider.

We're stoked to see a 70's female skater represented on the Vans bus - congrats Ellen!

El Gato Classic - Generations Skate Contest.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Amelia Brodka
Nicole Hause
Bryce Wettstein
Jordyn Barratt
Brighton Zeuner
Poppy Starr Olsen
Amelia, Jordyn, Brighton, Poppy, Bryce - missing is Nicole
  Photos Ian Logan Photo

It was a great weekend at the El Gato Classic in Palm Springs! This year an added component was the Generations Skate Contest on Tony Hawk's vert ramp - which consisted of a legend, a pro, a girl and an AM skater to form 6 teams. The girls were ripping and it was a super fun event! Check out some of the pics of each girl above.

Bryce Wettstein was on Tony Hawks 1st place team, and overall for the girls scoring, Brighton came in first!

The results below are how the "team" as a whole placed, and also how each skater placed in their individual sections.

1st Place Team:  
Tony Hawk - 1st Legend
Tom Schaar - 2nd PRO
Bryce Wettstein - 6th Girl
Evan Doherty - 3rd AM

2nd Place Team:
Steve Caballero – 2nd Legend
Jimmy Wilkings - 1st PRO
Nicole Haus – 5th Girl
Travis Rivera – 5th AM

3rd Place Team:
Eddie Elguera – 4th Legend
Clay Kreiner – 3rd PRO
Brighton Zeuner - 1st Girl
Cash Money Kenton – 6th AM

4th Place Team:   
Kevin Stabb – 6th Legend
Mitchie Brusco – 4th PRO
Jordyn Barratt – 3rd Girl
Tate Carew – 1st AM

5th Place Team: 
Christian Hosoi – 5th Legend
Trey Wood - 6th Pro
Poppy Starr Olsen - 2nd Girls
Gavin Bottger  -2nd AM

6th Place Team:
Mike McGill – 3rd Legend
Bucky Lasek - 5th Pro
Amelia Brodka - 4th Girls
Nate Vernia - 4th AM

Huge thanks to Eddie Elguera, his family, and the El Gato team, for once again creating a unique and fun three-day event that brought together not only legends but pros, AMs and female skaters.

Wondering How the 2017 Vans Park Series Works? We're Going To Break It Down.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Photo of Hana Zanzi at the 2016 Vans Park Series in Huntington Beach  by Ian Logan

So, it's a new year and a new system for girls in skateboarding - one that we all need to learn and get used to. With skateboarding's inclusion in the 2020 Olympics, a clear path on how to get there had to be defined and this is the system that has now been put into place so everyone knows exactly how they can start working to make it to the Olympic Games!

We sat down with the The Boardr Boys and got the low down on all the questions you have, and things you need to know moving forward.

*If you are not familiar with The Boardr, they put on the contests for the Vans Park Series and many other events - they make sure that things run smoothly, on-time, and their site keeps stats on all events and skaters.

Image via The Boardr

There are 3 paths to get to the World Championships within the Vans Park Series, and we are going to break them down one by one:

There are both Global Qualifiers and Continental Qualifiers. 

GLOBAL QUALIFIERS have 2 categories:

1. Select Pro
2. Tour Pro.

Please Note:  For 2017 there is only ONE Global Qualifier for women prior to the Vans Park Series World Championships.

Photos By Joanne Barratt

1.      SELECT PRO

These are the girls who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd last year (2016) at the Vans Park Series World Championships in Malmo, Sweden.

  • There are 3 of these girls   
  • Select Pros this year are; Brighton Zeuner, Jordyn Barratt, and Kisa Nakamura. 
  • Having earned Select Pro status means theses 3 girls go straight to the semi-finals in Huntington Beach and are able to skip qualifying rounds
  • These girls will also advance to the Vans Park Series World Championships

2.      TOUR PRO

These are girls whose skating ability is at a certain level and have been selected by the Vans Park Series Committee.

  • There are 15 Tour Pro female skaters
  • Who are the girls?   The 15 skaters will be announced by Vans soon
  •  7 of the 15 Tour Pros will advance to the Vans Park Series World Championships

During the Vans Park Series Global Qualifier in Huntington Beach, Select and Tour Pros  will compete together once they make semi-finals. The 3 select Pro's are assured to be in semi-finals. Tour pros must work their way there through qualifiers.


The one female skateboarding Vans Park Series Global Qualifier - with the 3 Select pros and 15 Tour pros - will take place in Huntington Beach, California during the period of August 1-5, 2017 - exact day TBD

The Vans Park Series World Championships will take place in the USA (location and exact date TBD) in September 2017

In The United States we learn in school that there are 7 continents - in other countries, they learn that there are 5-6.  For Olympic purposes, there are FIVE.


There is an OPEN Division with a separate Vans Park Series "Continental Championships" for any girl who did not get selected as a Tour Pro.

  • There are 5 Continents (by Olympic standards), so that means 5 Continental Championships
  • Continents are: Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania
  • You must compete in the continent where you have citizenship  - i.e you can not come to Huntington event if you reside in Europe - this rule is ONLY for OPEN division
  • There is a fee (TBD) to enter these Continental Championships
  • If you place FIRST in that comp - you then advance to the World Championships 
  • If you win your region - you will get & keep TOUR PRO status moving forward to next year 
  • You do not win prize money at these Continental Championships 
  • There are no age or requirements / or submitting of videos - anyone can compete 
  • These contests are held at separate times and days than the Select and Tour Pro contests
  • The 5 winners (1 each continent) will join the 10 other girls who qualified in Huntington at the World Championships, where all will compete together. 
  • You can only compete in one Continental Qualifier  - you can not go from country to country trying to qualify.


 A "Tour Pro" who resides in another continent "could" choose to stay in their continent and compete in the OPEN contest instead of coming to Huntington Beach Global Qualifier where she has been invited. The choice is hers BUT she must take FIRST in her continent to go to the World Championship. You can NOT do BOTH contests (Continental Championships and Global Qualifier).


Organized jams format for Qualifiers, Semi-Finals, and Finals
  • Organized jams format for Qualifiers, Semi-Finals, and Finals
  • 5 skater jams, skate in order
  • 4 runs each
  • Max 30 seconds or skate until you fall
  • Judged on overall impression
  • Top 20 advance to Semi-Finals
  • Top 8 from Semi-Finals advance to Finals
  • Cuts may be adjusted based on participation


March 2, 2017 - Manly Australia, Women's Continental Qualifier / Oceania
May 2017 - Africa, Women's Continental Qualifier / Africa
May 27, 2017 - Malmo, Sweden,  Women's Continental Qualifier / Europa
June 2017 - Asia, Women's Continental Qualifier / Asia
Aug 1- Aug 5 (exact day TBD) - Huntington Beach, California, Women's Continental Qualifier / Americas

** The Vans Park Series World Championships will take place in the USA (location and exact date TBD) in September 2017


We hope this article has helped everyone have a better understanding of the new system. If you have any questions, please let us know and we will do our best to get answers!

Email us at pr@girlisnota4letterword.com

Many thanks to The Boardr for their time and patience in answering all our questions for this article.

Nor Cal Shredder Zoe Safanda In New Ad Campaign.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Photo via Zoe's Instagram

Check out mini shredder Zoe Safanda - she's part of Valley Health Plan's new ad campaign. This one landed her on the side of public transit up in Northern California.  Zoe's looking good with a BS air above coping.

Love that they used a female skateboarder in their "No Fear" ad campaign!

Congrats Zoe!

Pro Skateboarder Jordyn Barratt - New Skate & Surf Video - Full Length.

Monday, January 9, 2017

In the downhill world of skateboarding, we have seen girls creating their own media for awhile now, which is super important for their visability. But in the pool/bowl segment of skateboarding that hasn't really been the case - there have been a few instances here and there, but not a lot.

So we decided to do a little Q&A with Pro Skateboarder Jordyn Barratt and get her take on how she came up with the idea to do this new video, and the planning it takes.

So what made you decide to tackle a big project like this?

My mom actually started making a video about me once a year when I was a younger just to kind of show where we were living in Hawaii and what I was interested in doing at the time. Each year it has become more about skating and surfing of course!

Working with a filmer is like a marriage - it's a collaboration of two minds thinking alike but also with each person bring ideas to the table and playing off each other to form even better ideas - how did you ultimately choose the filmer you worked with?

Well, we have tried a couple different filmers that were all good but when we met Guto and saw his work my Mom knew he was the guy for this year! He has worked with girls in the surf world a lot plus he is a skater with a really creative eye and a variety of ways to film so his work is perfect for what we wanted! I love what he came up with and he shot from a lot of cool angles.

The concept you used was brilliant - a great mixture of different types of skateboarding plus surfing, all while evoking the California lifestyle - can you share with us how you came up with your unique concept?

It was actually just meant to be a normal day in my life... I try to skate and surf as much as possible!

You shot at a lot of iconic spots, how many days did you spend filming?

The skate part was actually done at my local park called "Poods" here in Encinitas then we just went down the road to a fun cruising spot that has a good downhill area! We usually film these yearly edits all in one day but the surf was small and the fog rolled in so we do the water part a couple days later. The surf was still really small but it was fun!

You also chose to skate barefoot down a steep hill and do a power slide - very 70's California Old school skateboarding vibe, aka "Soul Skater" - which we love - how was that?

I love doing those! I grew up doing everything barefoot in Hawaii including going to school! I guess now I am just becoming a California girl!

Moving forward,  will we get to see more rad videos like this from you?

I hope so! I love working with filmers and hope to do more with Guto and with others because it is fun to see what everyone comes up with!

To see more on Jordyn check out her website HERE and to see more of Guto's work check it out HERE