Empowering Women Athletes

The Encinitas Parks and Recreation department recently teamed up with EXPOSURE – a group of volunteers dedicated to empowering women through skateboarding – to hold the Women’s Benefit Event at the Encinitas Community Park. The world’s top female skateboarders gathered at the park to compete in vert, bowl, and street skateboarding competitions for a piece of the $45,000 prize money.

The event was the first of its kind to take place at the Encinitas Community Park, which recently had its grand opening in January. The park’s new state-of-the-art street plaza featured professional and amateur skaters, while the skate park bowl hosted a competition presented by XS Helmets and Active Ride Shop. Tony Hawk Events also contributed by putting together a 14-foot halfpipe in the park’s soccer field for the vert competition.


Top honors and a $6,000 prize went to Alexis Sablone for the street competition, Julz Lynn for bowl, and Allysha Le for vert. “EXPOSURE 2015, to me, had the most impressive turnout yet,” said Allysha. “With over a hundred females competing and with the large amount of sponsors and people backing the event, I’m sure that not just EXPOSURE but skateboarding as a sport itself is going to progress and get better with each passing year.”

Between competitions, guests had the opportunity to attend the skate clinic, make spin art, and shop amongst 60 vendors. Proceeds from the Women’s Benefit Event were donated to Carol’s House, a local shelter for survivors of domestic violence. For more information visit www.exposureskate.org.