Today, Skate Like a Girl announced key partnerships to create the first global female skateboarding qualifying contest for X Games Austin. The Wheels of Fortune annual contest hosted by non-profit organization Skate Like a Girl will take place May 8th, 2016 in Seattle, WA at All Together Skatepark. Entering its seventh consecutive year, the 2016 event is shaping up to be the biggest one yet, teaming up with the Women’s Skateboarding Alliance (WSA) and ESPN X Games. As a pre-qualifying event, the top two finishers from the Wheels of Fortune Advanced Division will be selected as “Wild Card” athletes to officially compete in Women’s Skateboard Street at X Games Austin, in early June 2016.
Skate Like a Girl is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, providing an innovative approach to female empowerment through skateboarding. The organization is focused on helping women of all ages and skateboarding abilities reach their full individual potential, while also supporting and advancing the sport worldwide. The group hosts programs and events to build leadership skills, confidence, self advocacy, and civic engagement, in a fun, safe, and positive environment.
“Seven years ago, we started Wheels of Fortune to create a platform for women to gain recognition in the sport of skateboarding,” said Kristin Ebeling, Skate Like a Girl Director. “We are honored that our event is now a benchmark on a path to a professional skateboarding career for the female skateboarders internationally. Thanks to our major partners, All Together Skate Park, the WSA, and X Games, this will be another revolutionary year for women’s action sports.”
As the premiere global management and consulting agency dedicated to authentically representing the industry voice of women’s skateboarding, WSA has officially sanctioned Skate Like a Girl’s 7th Annual Wheels of Fortune contest, for over 100 female athletes in five unique divisions: 12 and under co-ed youth, beginner women, intermediate women, golden girls (30+), and advanced women.
“We’ve served as an advocate and regulatory body for women’s pro skateboarding for over 10 years,” says Mimi Knoop, Founder and President of WSA. “With worldwide telecast support from ESPN’s X Games and increased participation by female skateboarding globally, we now have an opportunity to further support and develop up-and-coming women skateboarders on an international stage. We are thrilled to be working with Skate Like a Girl and the X Games to reach this critical milestone in women’s skateboarding.”
“It’s fantastic we can all work together to support the groth and progression of women’s skateboarding globally,” said Rich Bigge, ESPN X Games director of competition. “Wheels of Fortune Seven will be a great event and we’re excited to welcome two new skaters to compete at X Games Austin alongside the world’s best.”
About Skate Like A Girl
Seattle-based Skate Like a Girl (SLAG) is a unique organization providing an innovative approach to female empowerment through the sport of skateboarding. Creating an inclusive community by promoting confidence, leadership, and social justice, SLAG serves over 3,000 individuals annually with a variety of programs and events. Originally formed in 2000, SLAG currently has chapters in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco.
About Women’s Skateboarding Alliance
Women’s Skateboarding Alliance (WSA) is a global management and consulting agency dedicated to authentically representing the industry voice of women’s skateboarding.
WSA educates, improves and delivers the most current trends and information for women’s skateboarding worldwide. The executive leadership collective is comprised of top women in Action Sports: Mimi Knoop, Lisa Whitaker, Kim Woozy and Yulin Olliver. As a for-profit entity, WSA operates in conjunction with its nonprofit division, Action Sports Alliance.