This year Exposure Skate shifted locations to the Vans skate park in Hunting Beach California. While it was a new venue for the event, once again women and girls skaters and organizers set the tone for how to host an inclusive event that not only showcases some of the most established skaters, but also shines a light on young girls coming up in the sport. This year’s event featured street, park and vert competitions, and more than anything illustrated the growth and push happening with women and girls in skateboarding. You can check out our photo gallery for some incredible images from the event.
While we at Frontsider.com are big fans of initiatives that aim to make board sports more inclusive and individuals who work to give back to their communities, Exposure Skate continues to be at the top of its class in this respect. Once again a portion of the event proceeds were earmarked to benefit the survivors of domestic abuse. In making this commitment, Exposure Skate not only showcased the incredible talent among women and girl skaters, but also acknowledged the collective need to address domestic violence and the disproportionate impact it has on women and girls.
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline 29% of women have experienced rape, physical violence or stalking by a partner, 4 out of 5 victims of intimate partner violence are women, and 15% of women have sustained an injury because of intimate partner violence. Given the reality that within the world of sports, a culture has been cultivated that in which domestic violence allegations against male athletes are not only common, but all to often ignored, it is imperative that events like Exposure Skate draw attention to domestic violence, support survivors, and demonstrate that organizations can make a stand against domestic violence.
As women continue to be the fasted growing demographic in skateboarding, it is important that spaces are created to foster and showcase this growth. Exposure Skate continues to be among the most important of these spaces as it has created a space where women and girl athletes can thrive and give back to their communities and the health, safety, and well being of women and girls the world over.