Supergirl Jam offers up snowboarding, skateboarding and inline skating Sunday at Venice Beach
Venice Beach will be the site Sunday for the Supergirl Jam, the next event of the 2010 Supergirl Jam series, with top female skateboarders, inline skaters and snowboarders (yes, snowboarders) competing for a portion of the $36,000 total prize purse.
Athletes will hit the slopes, made possible by 80,000 pounds of man-made snow being brought to the beach, to compete in the snowboarding rail jam. Two-time defending champion Laurie Currier will be on hand to defend her title, facing other top boarders -- including former event medalists Chanelle Sladics and Leanne Pelosi -- determined to thwart a three-peat.
In addition to snowboarding, the event will feature top skateboarding and inline skating pros competing on a custom-built street course designed to challenge their board and rail skills.
This year's Supergirl Jam Skateboard Street contest welcomes the return of the 2008 Supergirl Jam skateboard champion, Lauren Perkins, who was injured in 2009 and didn't compete. Perkins will attempt to recapture the title that Amy Caron claimed last year, also facing tough competition in the likes of 2010 X Games medalists Leticia Bufoni and Alexis Slabone.
Co-sponsored by ASA Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Comics, the Supergirl Jam is the industry's only large-scale, all-girls action-sports competition and features more than 100 of the world's top female action-sports athletes.
"We are very proud to present the Supergirl Jam for its fourth year," said Karen McTier, executive vice president of domestic licensing and worldwide marketing for Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "It's an honor to once again provide an opportunity for these young women to take center stage and be applauded for their talent, dedication and inspiration."
Additional competitions are being planned and will be announced at a later date. Admission to all of the Supergirl Jam events is free.
Event schedule:9 a.m.: Registration
9 a.m.: Skateboarding practice
11 a.m.: Inline best-trick practice
12:30 p.m.: Inline best-trick final
12:30 p.m.: Snowboard rail jam practice
1:30 p.m.: Snowboard rail jam prelims
1:30 p.m.: Skateboard street practice
2:15 p.m.: Snowboard rail jam final
3:15 p.m.: Skateboard street prelims
4:30 p.m.: Skateboard street finals
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: Calgary's Leanne Pelosi rides the rail in the 2009 Supergirl Jam snowboard rail jam contest in Venice Beach. Credit: Supergirl Jam