Leticia Bufoni of Sao Paulo, Brazil, knocked-off a crew of 20 professional and amateur skateboarders this afternoon in Tehachapi, California at the 2009 Supergirl Pro-Am Jam Skateboard Street contest, taking home the overall title and the $3,000 top prize. As the top-scoring amateur in the contest, Abby Zsarnay, qualified to compete in the Supergirl Jam Skateboard Street professional competition scheduled to be held at Venice Beach over Labor Day weekend.
New to the event series this year, the Supergirl Pro-Am Jam is the second stop on the 2009 Supergirl Jam, the action sports industry’s only large-scale, all-female competition and lifestyle event designed to promote female empowerment, strength and independence. Woodward West in Tehachapi, CA, opened its Hangar 18 Big Street course for the Supergirl Pro-Am Jam, providing a diverse and competitive layout for the skaters who ranged in age from five to 25. Supporting the progression of females in action sports and infusing the industry with new talent is the basis for both the Supergirl Jam and Woodward West.
This is the first Supergirl Jam Skateboard Street contest win for Bufoni who has competed in the event since its inception in 2007. She took the lead from the first run of the afternoon, proving early that she was the skater to beat.
“I am so happy to win,” said Bufoni. “I’ve been practicing every day for this contest.”
Hot on Bufoni’s heels was camp favorite and Woodward West staff member Amelia Brodka, originally of Nowa Sarzyna, Poland. Turning 20 on Tuesday, Brodka celebrated with a 2nd place finish and thanked the camp attendees who cheered her to the end.
“I was so tired going into the finals,” said Brodka. “The cheers pushed me so much and helped me keep going.”
Amy Caron of Huntington Beach, CA, rounded out the top three finishers.
The Supergirl Jam opened an entry for the top-scoring amateur in today’s contest to compete in the series’ finale on September 6 at Venice Beach. Zsarney was moved to tears when learning that she had qualified for this honor.
“I didn’t expect it at all,” said Zsarney. “I just went out there and did my best no matter what anyone else said. That’s what being a Supergirl is all about.”
2009 Supergirl Pro-Am Jam Skateboard Street Results