ABOUT US

Each year, Exposure presents Exposure: A Women’s Benefit Event to bring opportunity and visibility to women, trans and nonbinary skater’s who embody courage and strength. Over 170 skaters from around the world come to Encinitas, California (near San Diego) for the opportunity to share their skateboarding skills on a global stage. The event also serves as a benefit for survivors of domestic violence.

This flagship event was created to further our vision of increasing the representation of powerful female, trans, and nonbinary skateboarders in the media and to challenge societal norms. Furthermore, our event raises awareness of and donates proceeds to a local shelter for survivors of domestic violence. This dual purpose serves to strengthen women and gender minorities in our community and beyond. A key feature of this event is our vendor village that showcases women and LGBTQ+ focused, health and socially-conscious companies.

2021 IMPACT

$ 60 K

PRIZE PURSE

$ 60 K

DONATED TO SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

27.5 M

SOCIAL MEDIA REACH

171

GLOBAL ENTRIES

5 K

ATTENDEES

HISTORY

MISSION 

Exposure’s mission is to showcase the progression of women, trans and nonbinary skateboarders; to get new girls on boards; and to further empower individuals by supporting at-risk communities including victims of abuse, homelessness and poverty. Exposure’s programming includes international competitions, youth and adult skate & serve clinics, yoga clinics and mental wellness workshops and partnerships with health and wellness companies.

ORIGIN 

Exposure 2012 was inspired by the Underexposed documentary, created by Exposure cofounder and Olympian Amelia Brodka, which highlighted the lack of opportunity for female skateboarders. At the time, women’s divisions had been cut from all major skate events, and the best female skateboarders in the world were finding it difficult to secure supportive sponsors. Thus, the need for a new space within the sport was crucial for both professional female, trans and nonbinary skateboarders, as well as amateurs looking to be introduced to skateboarding. Hosting competitions in park, street and vert disciplines, Exposure started as an annual skateboarding competition inclusive to girls, women, trans and nonbinary people from all over the globe. As the event grew, skaters traveled from as far as Japan, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, and across Europe to compete in the annual competition, growing the initial field of 32 female competitors to 230 competitors by 2020. The prize purse also saw substantial growth, and by 2016, Exposure offered the largest prize purse in women’s skateboarding. Legends such as Tony Hawk, Andrew Reynolds, Steve Caballero and Christian Hosoi regularly show their support on deck. 

MORE THAN A COMPETITION 

The success of the inaugural event prompted Lesli Cohen and Amelia to turn Exposure into a nonprofit. In addition to providing inclusive competitive spaces, Exposure Skate is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit featuring year-round programming dedicated to youth leadership, service, and learn-to-skate-clinics; inclusive adult skate sessions; and college scholarship opportunities. 

In 2016, Amelia Brodka and Calli Kelsay joined forces and founded Skate Rising through a common passion of skateboarding and a desire to share the physical and mental benefits of the sport. Through monthly Skate Rising events, girls ages 4-18 learn an altruistic combination of skateboarding and community service. Each event includes a teachable moment where girls learn about communities in need, participate in a service project dedicated to alleviating that need, and enjoy a Learn-To-Skate Clinic taught by local and visiting Olympians and Pros. Nearly 100 girls attend each event, with each individual girl’s service project serving 1-3 individuals in need. 

The adult Sesh(E) program addresses the need to make skateparks inclusive spaces by offering free skateboarding guidance to women, trans and nonbinary skaters age 18+ in exchange for goods donated to the local domestic violence shelter. Exposure provides personalized instruction with professional skate coaches, skate gear and safety equipment at every youth and adult clinic. 

In 2020, Exposure introduced its two annual $5,000 College Scholarships for skaters who actively contribute to the wellbeing of their communities. Exposure has held community events in Sweden, Australia, Canada and San Diego; presented Skate Rising assemblies in schools; and has partnered with Dew Tour for amateur competitions. Exposure is always looking for new ways to collaborate with and contribute to the community.

VIDEO PARTS 

In 2020 & 2021 Exposure partnered with Thrasher Magazine to create a first-of-its kind women’s video part competition, with a $50,00 prize purse (watch the 2020 winners and 2021 winners featured on Thrasher’s website). A field of 230 submissions from 23 different countries were judged by skateboarding legends Vanessa Torres, Elissa Steamer, Alex White, Mimi Knoop and Jamie Reyes. For the tenth anniversary of the flagship event, 2021’s Exposure X featured a red-carpet premiere of the video competition and an awards ceremony.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE 

The inclusion of Women’s Skateboarding in the 2020 Olympics has created a rise of non-male participants and supporters in and around the world. 60% of the female-identifying or non-binary participants in the Olympic Skateboarding events have participated in at least one Exposure event and many female Olympians got their competitive start at Exposure.

THE FUTURE OF WOMEN, TRANS AND NONBINARY SKATEBOARDERS IS BRIGHT. 

Join us as we continue to celebrate competition, camaraderie, compassion and service.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

AMELIA BRODKA

President/Executive Director

LESLI COHEN

Vice President / Treasurer

BEATREX QUNTANNA

Secretary

TEAM AND ADVISORS

ALEC BECK

Managing Director

CALLI KELSAY

Skate Rising Founder and Director

JULIANNA MCDUFFIE

Brand Manager

Jess Robledo

JESS ROBLEDO

Operations Manager

DAVE BEAN

Event Coordinator

BRIDGET GAMBLE

Development Associate VISTA

GABRIELA LEVY

Public Relations Associate VISTA

CONTACT INFORMATION

Exposure Skate

P.O. Box 1315

Vista, California 92083

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