I suppose by calling it a camp, it kind of brought expectations
of the types of summer camps you get in the U.S, however having
been to Barcelona and reading about others experiences of the Girlie
Snow Camps I knew this was going to be hell of a trip!
On arrival day, I was skating
the city a bit but managed to be around the hotel and meet some
of the girls and the Girlie crew. I was immediately impressed and
excited by the idea of skating and spending time with all these
people. I'm usually quite a shy person but I found it easy to talk
and share experiences with everybody on this camp! There was just
such good craic, if you know what I mean!
| Mimi Knoop
The first full day on the camp, we traveled
to Sitges Skatepark. This park was good, well designed but slippery
as hell! The girls were fully up for it though; everybody got in
there for what was sort of a bowl carving session. Nobody was left
sitting by the side, everyone was giving it there all, whether it
be learning axle stalls or just learning the basic stance.
I enjoyed this morning so much
because it was really inspiring seeing so many girls that were totally
up for skateboarding! It was amazing to see the Americans skate,
Lauren Perkins was cruising the bowl doing frontside 180's and shredding
the grind box with 5050's and 5.0's. Steamer was steaming it in
the bowl carving lines and she hit up a crook on the ledge! I had
fun doing some fly outs and then got a backside 5.0 on the box!
After Sitges we all hung out at the beach and it was
cool to talk more with some of the girls, the atmosphere was chilled
and it seemed that everyone was feeling stoked on skating!
After more skating that afternoon
we met back up at the hotel and went fora night skate at MACBA.
There was a great vibe and even though I think most were tired,
you have to skate at MACBA if your in Barcelona! I have to admit;
I didn't think that skating at MACBA would be all that because when
I've visited barcelona before, I got quite intimidated by the skate
history surrounding the spot and there are usually many locals and
pros ripping it up. Turns out that I was completely wrong and being
there with a crew of like 20 girls made it an awesome skate! Lauren
Perkins loved it and got a photo of backside 5050 the ledge to drop
and she made it like 4th try! Some girls practiced ollieing or what
they had been taught earlier on and some just took it all in watching
others. Sonia Kenfech ripped on a ledge doing all sorts off it,
even a smooth nollie heelflip! Great end to the first day!
Each day kicked off in such a good way,
seeing loads of girl skaters at breakfast and listening to all the
skate conversation going on! It was so weird but in the best way!
Schedules had changed but for the better as we went to an absolutely
epic spot called Fondo. The session was probably one of the best
in my life for sure. As a girl skating with guys all the time its
quite easy write things off by thinking 'oh well he can do it because
he's better than me' and although I do feel pushed, this was a completely
different experience. I felt so amped by seeing girls skate well
and thought if they can do it, so can I, confidence and self belief!
There was so much good feeling that day, so many tricks
went down and everyone had a rad skate.
Jessie Van- Backside flip on bank
Perkins- Frontside 180 over hip to flat, smooth ollies over hip
Julie Bevis- Heelflips and kickflips on bank, 5050 ledge
Menke- Ollie in from bench to bank, then nollie in, Switch flip
Lucy- Pop shuv it over hip to flat, ollie in bench to bank, learnt
frontside flips on bank and Switch heel on bank.
Afternoon, we went to Canyelles park. The vert skaters
on the trip were excited to be going to ride some transition but
I think everyone was a little nervous when we got there! The park
was tight and for most even unskateable, but I think some girls
were glad just sit and watch after the session at Fondo! Mimi Knoop,
Julia Bauer and Tina Neff ripped this place! Knoop carving smooth
lines with nice Frontside smiths and Jewels and Tina both getting
rock fakies on the vert extension! Rolling around the park and chilling
finished off a well good days skating and there were nothing but
smiles on everyone's faces!
Day of the Jam: The jam was kicking off at 2
so for most, a lay in was in order! Not the British contingent!
We got up early after 4 hours sleep and hooked up with Julie Bevis
to do some filming for UK video Viewfinder! Hit up a spot called
Besos where Julie nearly got a long manual kickflip out but couldn't
quite ride away. After about 15 calls of 'last try, c'mon' we had
to get out of there or we were going to miss the jam! Turns out
that we met up with everyone at Sants Station and that was one of
my best moments of the camp! Being almost lost in Barcelona and
then suddenly seeing 20 girls with skateboards come round the corner,
it was spot on!
As we arrived at Sitges park,
it was crazy, there was a big crowd which I didn't really expect
and loads of skaters. Everyone was up for it straight away, so much
so that most pros were exhausted by the time of the demo! I loved
it and gave 100%, I felt so pushed again and was stoked to be riding
with all these great people that I'd met on this trip!
Thank you Girlie Camps! This was the best time of my
life and I'm looking forward to doing it again, roll on next summer!