Anyone who witnessed last years epic girls jam at NASS, would be dribbling with anticipation for this years fun and games.

The girls name on everyone’s lips for the last 12 months has been Leticia Bufoni – the diminutive teenage Brazilian she-boarder with more in her trick bag than David Copperfield.

I remember watching her 12 months ago, or rather watching the reactions of male spectators and skaters to her Latin steeze – she’s got the looks, the mad tech skills and style for miles.

So it was a natural assumption to make that she’d walk away with yet another top podium place on the World circuit. That was until it was announced that Lacey Baker and Alexis Sablone were going to throw their beanies in the ring.

Around two dozen girls from 7 different countries entered the comp, and proved (once again) that female skateboarding is a burgeoning world-wide scene and one that must be taken seriously.

Girlzilla was scheduled to kick off at around 8:30 on the Saturday night, but (for one reason or another) got delayed for nearly 3 hours.

Fair play to the girls for bearing with it, showing some patience, and having some class about the situation.

And so it was that anyone who put money on Bufoni to take the honours again was going to be out-of-pocket. Following a brilliant display and showcase of skating, the eventual podium looked like this: 1 Baker (US); 2 Sablone (US) and 3 Bufoni – shock horror! Highest placed Brit was Lucy Adams (5) who gave an excellent account of herself, amongst such esteemed company.

Nice to see such a cool sense of community, mutual support, and camaraderie amongst this bunch, an example to us all. Cant wait until next years bash – not only for the rad skating, but its also a legit excuse for pointing a long lens at girlies without fear of arrest. There, I’ve said it. [Opposite: Leticia Bufoni shows her samba skills]


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