By Julie Westfall
On November 20, 2010, The Vans Skatepark in Orange County, California, hosted the first ever all Girls Combi Bowl Classic. The Combi, which is short for combination, is a half round, half square bowl with 12 foot transitions, sharp hips, and pool coping. Ladies from all over the country came in hopes of conquering this Beast of a bowl.
The contest was divided into 2 divisions, Amateurs, and Professionals. Each division overflowed with fresh new talent and with the talent of the veterans. The Amateur division consisted of 14 girls with the top 10 places receiving awards. Silly Girl’s very own Jordan Abraham took first place in the Amateurs with her amazing skills in the bowl. She frontside/backside aired, aired to fakie, axle stalled, and backside/frontside grinded her way to victory. As the winner of the Amateur division I got her take on the contest.
Going into the event, what was your goal?
Going into the event, my goal was to land all my tricks and not fall in my runs.
What were you most excited about on the day of the Combi contest?
On the day of the Combi, I was most excited to see so many other girls show up who I’ve never skated with before.
What is your favorite trick to do in the Combi?
My favorite trick to do in the Combi is probably a BS(backside) air or a FS(frontside) air.
What or whom inspires you to push so hard?
The people who inspire me to push hard are the Silly girl members, and my Mom. Seeing that there are so many girls out there who have tricks I can’t do inspire me to try them also.
After winning the am contest, do you plan to move up to pro division?
After winning the Am division, I will most likely enter the Pro division next year if possible.
Being 13, adorable and rad what do you hope to inspire in other girls?
Being 13, adorable, and rad (hehe) I hope I inspire other girls to know that it is possible to skate.
What are your dreams and goals for the upcoming year?
My goal for this upcoming year is to make it to all the WCS events and my dream is to place in one of them
Who has been your biggest support?
A lot of my support comes from the silly girl posse, and my mom. I would also like to thank Matt and Jamie of Silly Girl for being so supportive throughout the year!
On behalf of the entire Silly Girl Skate Posse I would like to Congratulate all the girls who participated in the Amateur division. The Top 3 places are as follows:
1.) Jordan Abraham
2.) Kora Gryzb
3.) Melissa Spillman
The Pro division was made up of 24 very talented skaters. The contest was broken up into 5 heats with 4 to 5 girls in each. The reigning champs from previous contests already had the golden ticket into the finals. These ladies are Cara-Beth Burnside, Mimi Knoop, Jule Lynn Kindstrand, and the new up incomer Lizzie Armanto.
The competition was fierce. The top 8 girls from the qualifying heats move to the finals where a cash prize was imminent. Amazing style, skill, and finesse was the norm for these ladies.
In the qualifying heats the ladies to look out for were Allysha Bergado, Lyn-Z-Adams Hawkings, Amelia Brodka, Leah Taylor, and Mandy Esch. All these ladies made it to the finals and in my opinion made a name for themselves.
As the finals were underway Orange County got a good taste of how amazing these ladies are at skateboarding. The finals were truly amazing. Amelia popping crazy coping tricks everywhere, Julie, Allysha. and Lyn-Z busting out huge airs all over the bowl, Mandy doing frontside madness in the round, Leah trying her hardest to land a fakie to fakie 540, and Cara-Beth and Mimi tricking out with some gnarley hand-plants. But the girl to see was Lizzie Armanto who quite literally destroyed the bowl. Touching every corner and hip of the bowl with her incredible grinds, hand-plants, and airs. Her impressive style and skill had the crowd mesmorized. She pulled b/s disasters, huge lip slide to rock and rolls, Feeble grinds, Feeble to fakies, hand-plants, f/s airs, 50-50 hip transfers, f/s rock and rolls, and the crowning jewel of her last run a gigantic f/s Stalefish. She dominated the contest and for that took home first place and the top prize of $3500.
As the winner of the Pro Division I got her view of the contest.
What was your goal going into this event?
My goal was to just have fun. I wasn’t too worried about the contest, I was just really excited to get to hang out with all the girls.
What is your favorite trick to do in the combi?
My favorite trick is either backside Disaster or Stalefish. Backside disaster tricks are really fun but I don’t get that awesome feel as much as I do on front stales.
Who inspires you to do so well?
My family really inspires me even though sometime I can be annoyed with them, but for them most part they’re really supportive. Which make me strive to push myself. Also my friends are inspirations to me. Usually they’ll be trying tricks or be skating really good, so I’ll get pumped off of them.
Any words of wisdom to give to other girls who skate?
Just keep at it and you’ll progress.
Who do you wish to inspire through your skateboarding?
People, but its not really my goal or anything. I just like skateboarding and so far its been really good to me :]
What was your take on the Combi contest? What do you wish for the next years contest?
It was an awesome event, I was so stoked that there was so many girls there. It was the most meaningful out of all the contest I’ve ever been to because so many girls came out. Most contests there’s a huge divide in ability but at this contest it could of been anyone’s game. There was no obvious winner before the contest.
Who’s skating surprised you the most?
Amelia Brodka, she whipped out a whole bag of trick in the contest, some I don’t think she even practiced in practice. Also Julie Westfall was skating the best I’ve ever seen her skate, and just completely charging the Combi.
After your fantastic year of skating with winning the WCS and the Combi contest what do you hope to accomplish for the next year?
I hope to bring Women’s skateboarding to a new level by continuing my progression. I want girls from all over to skate and push Women’s skateboarding to be just as important as M ens.
Anyone you want to thank?
I want to thank my family, cause they’re freaking AWESOME. I want to thanks my sponsors, Santa Monica Airlines, Bones, Independent, and 187 killer pads for giving me stuff to continue skateboarding. I want to thank Pat Ngoho, cause he’s awesome. Also everybody at The Cove. Also Jamie and Matt for supporting all the Sillys and inspiring others. All the people that skate Vans skatepark. Big Thanks to WCS for hosting the best contest series ever. And many many many others. and Skyler…. haha
Way to go Lizzie! You are an inspiration to all the ladies. You raise the bar and make us strive for greatness!
Congratulations to all the ladies of the Pro Division. Top 3 as Follows:
1. Lizzie Armanto
2. Allysha Bergado
Through My Eyes
The Combi Contest was the best contest I have ever skated! The level of competition and the amount of ladies present made it a true honor to be apart of such an event! I’m so thoroughly proud of ALL the ladies who participated in the first ever Girl’s Combi Bowl Classic!
Keep on Shreddin’!