A Skateboard Film Is Up For An Academy Award!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Academy Awards Nominations were just announced this morning and Bing Liu's skateboarding/coming of age film "Minding the Gap" is up for an Oscar in the category of Best Documentary Feature. It was nominated along with four other noteworthy films including two of our other faves (not skateboard related) "Free Solo" and "RGB".

"Minding the Gap" isn't about female skaters, but is a great story nonetheless and well worth watching.  We would have loved seeing "The Skate Kitchen" film be included in the nominations, but if we can't have that, then at least a movie involving skateboarding got nominated - that's huge!

You can watch "Minding the Gap" on HULU - but please be advised that some subject matter is tough to watch and may not be suitable for younger children.

Girls Skate Session This Saturday!

Friday, January 18, 2019

The rain here in Southern California is clearing up just in time for Saturday's Girls Session at The Cove Skate park!

Girls Skate Session at The Cove is THIS Saturday, January 19th from 10am - 12pm.

Please Note!  If you are new to The Cove you must register in advance as the Parks & Rec office won't be open at this time.

USA Skater Now Representing Finland For The Tokyo Olympics.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Congrats to Lizzie Armanto - she will be representing Finland as we move forward towards the Olympics! Her father lives there and Lizzie has dual citizenship, it's so awesome that Finland is behind her 100%! 

A New Women's SLS World Champion!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Aori Nishimura / Photo Paulo Macedo via World Skate

This SLS comp was interesting from the get-go. Having  2 young newcomers in the field, Virginia Fortes Aguas and Karen Feitosa, changed the dynamic drastically. Especially when both girls came into the finals having bested last years Super Crown Champion Jenn Soto during semi-finals the previous day to earn their spots.

Virginia is only 12 years old and while she may not have all the tricks and power yet that the more seasoned veterans on tour have, she was posied and did trick after trick, showing that she will be a constant force this coming year. Her 5th place finish in the finals, ahead of pro's like  Pamela Rosa and Alexis Sablone had the crowd cheering for her.

We noticed another interesting thing about this comp - 2 of the girls were wearing helmets when competing, which is very unusual for a street contest.  Virginia and Aori Nishimura both sported helmets throughout their runs - perhaps this is a new trend?  It used to be frowned upon in street, perhaps now that Aori is the new Women's World Champion - that stigma will change?

With the format of two, 45 second runs per skater and then having 5 tries at "best trick" and throwing out the 3 lowest scores for a combined total of only the 4 highest scores, kept everyone on the edge of their seats as places on the leaderboard changed back and forth during the best trick portion of the comp.

It was exciting to see Aori score a "9" and join the 9 Club during best trick and soon after Leticia did teh same on her last trick. It was a true battle between these two until the very end. Everyone assumed after Leticia pulled ahead of Aori by a narrow margin on her last trick, it was Leticia bring home the win, but Aori scored one tenth of a point higher to change the lead again and take home the coveted status of SLS World Champion.

Congrats Aori! 


1st  Aori Nishimura  32.6
2nd Leticia Bufoni    32.5
3rd  Lacey Baker      28.5

4th  Mariah Duran
5th  Virginia Fortes Aguas
6th  Pamela Rosa
7th  Karen Feitosa
8th  Alexis Sablone

Grace Cochrane Wins Queen of Concrete!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Congrats to GN4LW team rider, Gracie Cochrane, who won the open division of Queen of Concrete this weekend!  Last year she had to compete against the guys and took a well desrved second. This contest is the sister event to the longtime running, King of Concrete. So many girls are starting to skate now in Tasmania, AU that they have their own comp!  The prize money for the girls comp this year was $2,000 - so awesome!!