Women's Finals Results + Photos From Bowl-A-Rama.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sari Simpson
Jordyn Barratt
Brighton Zeuner
Poppy Starr Olsen
Amelia Brodka

Bowl-A-Rama, Bondi Beach, AU - The field was narrowed down to just five girls for the finals on Sunday and Sari Simpson, Jordyn Barratt, Brighton Zeuner, Amelia Brodka and Poppy Starr Olsen brought their "A" game. Gone were the nerves and mishaps they encountered the previous day and in their place were solid, technical runs with speed and perfect execution, that had the crowd on their feet cheering for each and every one of them.

Sari Simpson had even more speed whipping through the bowl than on the previous day - if that is even possible - she pulled off that disaster in the corner like it was nothing.  Amelia pulled off her Crail slide and every other trick she tried - smooth like the pro she is. Brighton was technical and stylish nailing it on every single wall with back to back tricks - an extremely well thought out line.  Poppy nailed her signature "fast plant" and was using the pool like her own personal playground. Jordyn Barratt had a run that was so perfect it had the crowd on its feet, hands in the air, cheering for her. Ultimately it was that perfect run that won her first place and a very large pink wrestling belt as her trophy!

We also loved seeing that Poppy, Nicole, and Hunter were out there doing the "highest air"  contest at the end of the event - way to go girls!


Jordyn Barratt        1st place
Brighton Zeuner    2nd place
Poppy Olsen          3rd place

We'd like to thank General Pants  Bowl-A-Rama, Frontside Productions, Bashful, Magnum & Co,  for having us. And special thanks to photographer Tiffany J. Williams for getting out there both days during practice and during the heats to get us these awesome shots!

Women's Semi-Final Results + Photos - Day 1 Bowl-A-Rama.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Brighton Zeuner
Poppy Starr Olsen

Hunter Long
Sari Simpson

Izy Mutu
Gracie Earl
Jordyn Barratt
 Photos by Tiffany Williams

We hope you caught the comp last night via the live web feed from Bowl-A-Rama.  Our photographer Tiffany Williams was there capturing all the action for us and we are stoked to be posting her photos this morning!

There were a couple surprises last night for sure. The first one was that USA's Allysha Le couldn't make it and was replaced by rad local Shenae Collins.

The girls were divided into two heats, and we saw a bit of a rough start for all of the girls on their first runs. Gracie Earl showed some nice style during her runs with grinds in both deep and shallow ends, Nicole Hause was blasting some major air off of the front wall, but unfortunately, it just wasn't enough to get her into the finals after she took a fall on each run. Hunter Long looked smooth and rad as always throughout, but a couple falls cost her those couple extra points, Amelia Brodka had a really solid run and you could hear the crowd cheering when she did her signature "crail".  Poppy Olsen had a rough run to start out, but on her third, she steadied her nerves and showed us why she is the queen of Bondi Beach.

At then end of the first heat, it was  Poppy in first place, Amelia in second, Hunter in third, Gracie in 4th and Nicole in 5th.

Heat 2 had us watching Brighton Zeuner who simply destroyed that pool in all 3 of her runs,  Shenae Collins had a couple of rough starts but looked like she was still having fun, local fan fav, Izy Mutu attacked the bowl like only she can, Sari Simpson was FAST - we've never seen one of the girls speed through those tricky corners like she did, and Jordyn Barratt showed us again that she delivers well under pressure - with one run left she gave a solid performance that landed her straight into tonight's finals.

The women moving into tonight's finals are:

Brighton Zeuner - USA
Poppy Starr Olsen. - AUS
Amelia Brodka - POL
Jordyn Barratt - USA
Sari Simpson - AUS

Make sure you tune in to watch the LIVE webcast at 7:30 PST. / 10:30 EST. right ---->  HERE

Bowl-a-Rama Starts Tonight - Don't Miss the Live Webcast of The Girls Event.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Jordyn Barratt / Photo Joanne Barratt
Amelia Brodka /  Photo Joanne Barratt
IzyMutu. / Photo Joanne Barratt 
Brighton Zeuner  /  Photo Joanne Barratt
Nicole Hause  /  Photo Joanne Barratt

Poppy Starr Olsen - AU /. Photo Thomas Olsen
photo by Transition photography

Set your alarms on your cell phones because Bowl-A-Rama is almost here!  All the girls have been tearing it up down under and this is looking like it's going to be an insane contest!

Girls Competing:  Poppy Starr Olsen,  Hunter Long, Jordyn Barratt, Nicole Hause, Amelia Brodka, Graci Earl, Sari Simpson, Brighton Zeuner, Allysha Le, Izy Mutu.

Here's how to watch it all unfold LIVE!

We are 19 hours BEHIND Australia here in California so here are the times to tune into the LIVE FEED for USA people.

FRIDAY:              7 PM  PST / 10 PM EST - Women's Prelims

SATURDAY:        7:30 PM PST / 10:30 PM EST - Womens Finals

 Watch it all ------>   HERE

Poppy Starr Olsen Talks About Women's Skateboarding & Bowl-A-Rama.

Team rider Poppy Starr Olsen on The Huffington Post today, speaking about women's skateboarding, how she got into the sport, positive growth for women in skateboarding (Like Bowl-A-Rama's women's division this weekend!) and more. Give it a watch!

Breakfast With Lizzie Armanto and Tony The Tiger.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Photo courtesy of Kellogg's

We cruised up to Hollywood to sit down and have a bowl of cereal with pro skateboarder Lizzie Armanto and we had a chance to discuss her new partnership with Kellogg's Cinnamon Frosted Flakes "Let your Gr-r-reat out campaign", women's skateboarding, and her hectic schedule as a pro skateboarder.

It should be mentioned that Lizzie started skating at age 14 and her rise in the sport has been nothing short of meteoric. At only 24 years old she has been leading the charge to bring women's skateboarding into mainstream media for the past few years and she's smoothly paving the way for the next generation. She gives credit to the people around her that have helped her along this path, she wants to make sure I know it's not just her alone making it all happen, that she has a lot of good people guiding and supporting her. But at the end of the day, it is Lizzie who has to skate and deliver.

Sitting down in a room by the pool at the iconic Mondrian hotel, Lizzie looks relaxed and at ease, even though she has been fielding questions from reporters like myself all day long. Her skateboard sits nearby, and she offers to make me a bowl of the new Cinnamon Frosted Flakes cereal she is helping to promote. The previous evening she spent a late night filming with Tony the Tiger, and while she should be exhausted from her crazy schedule, she's still the consummate professional.

So, Lizzie, it's a bit surreal to be sitting here at the Mondrian eating cereal with you on a weekday - what's up with that?

We're celebrating the release of the new Cinnamon Frosted Flakes because fans were pushing for it. I was stoked that they asked if I wanted to do stuff with Tony the Tiger, plus I just love breakfast. We're doing social media spots, some print stuff, it's been really fun.

Besides promoting the new Kellogg's Cinnamon Frosted Flakes, what else has been on your schedule?

I'm working on two video parts right now. One is mentally a lot, but now that I'm doing two, the pressure is definitely on. Contests are a place where I am really comfortable, where I'm able to do what I know how to do, this whole filming thing has made me feel like I am more of a beginner than I was when I first started doing contests because it's such a different process.  I have had to put a lot more mental energy into it, because I have always looked at contests like, do your best in the next 15 minutes, you go out and do what you feel like, and it's who was there that day that sees and remembers that, but in a video part you have 3 minutes of footage that lives on, so it's bigger than that.

Can you tell us what video parts you are working on? 

I'm working on the Thrasher part and also another one for Birdhouse and the due dates are almost on top of each other. Filming is hard in the sense that it takes a lot of planning. I like to feel like I'm just doing whatever, but for filming you have to be like - I'm doing this here - and putting all those parameters on my skating has changed the way I skate, but it's also for the better. I kind of push myself in a new way, which I really like.

You seem to have had quite a busy schedule for awhile now, is it hard to keep that up?

Editors Note: Lizzie's schedule is so packed these days that for the first time in years, she has had to make the hard choice not to compete in some top-tier contests.

I feel like for a long time I pushed for so long to make this all work, then I pushed past that and now I feel like I'm running with it. I'm doing it now and I have to keep the fire up, and I love it and it's fun and amazing, but mentally it's a lot.

There are a lot of obligations, unlike before - now you have deadlines, you have to have so much content, you have to work towards it. It's your own schedule which is nice, but you're never finished because in skating you can always do more, so at some point, you just have to cut it off and say you're done. It's hard to cut yourself off.

When do both these video parts come out?

Thrasher comes out first and then the Birdhouse part - both will be coming out this year.

Any thoughts or advice for girls coming up that are now doing contests?

At the end of the day, everyone is skating because they want to, you can't be bummed that maybe this judge didn't think you were good enough. If you like doing what you do, and you want to do it with your friends or you want to do it in a contest, that's sick, but if you're going to be bummed if someone thinks this or that, or someone wants to put you down, you should know better than that.

I'm not above it, because I know there have been times when I'm upset about something like that but then I have to tell myself "why am I upset? Is that stopping me from what I want to do?".  It's just remembering where to put my energy because there are so many other things I want to do.

That is pretty great advice for every girl out there. 

Make sure you keep your eyes out for the Thrasher and Birdhouse videos because we guarantee that Lizzie's parts are going to be well worth watching - over and over.

Thanks to Lizzie and Kellogg's for having us!