Laguna Beach-based grassroots organization SkimChicks joins a host of sponsors for the 34th annual Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding, set for June 19 and 20 in Laguna Beach.
The organization, aimed at elevating female skimboarding, joins JanSport, OC Parks, Hobie and Laguna Beach-based title sponsor Victoria Skimboards, among others.
The group recently signed 15 athletes to its now 17-woman team. Nine of the 12 athletes currently confirmed to compete in the event’s first all-female professional division are SkimChicks.
Among them are O.C. natives Shonna Cobb, raised in Laguna Beach, Veronica Tagami from Seal Beach and Jen Jacobs of Huntington Beach.
Fifty riders will be judged on their top seven rides. High scores will be awarded for the "most radical, controlled maneuvers" performed, SkimChicks representatives said.
“We’re excited to play a pivotal role in establishing the first professional tour for women skimboarders by sponsoring one of the circuit’s most prestigious events,” said Pamela Simpson, co-founder of SkimChicks. “As an athlete-first organization, we’re dedicated to uniting the sport’s female pioneers – and thrilled to showcase the talent of the SkimChicks.”
Simpson, a skimboarder, will serve as an announcer for the women’s division, alongside Garth Wyckoff and honorary SkimChick Amber Cottle, the first woman to compete at a professional level in the men’s division. Cottle was born in Laguna Beach.
SkimChicks was founded in 2004 by Simpson and Richard Tibbetts, the filmmaker behind the "SkimChicks" documentary released in August 2009.
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