etnies Girl UK skate team rider Lucy Adams sent this dispatch from Girlie Skate Camps in Barcelona, Spain. Get the other side of the story by reading Lauren Perkins' Girlie Skate Camps Journal.
I suppose by calling it a camp, Girlie Camps kind of brought expectations of the types of summer camps you get in the United States; however, having been to Barcelona, and having read about other people's experiences of the Girlie Snow Camps, I knew this was going to be one a 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 about the idea of skating and spending time with all of these people. I'm usually quite a shy person, but I found it easy to talk to, and share experiences with, everybody at the camp. There was just such good craic, if you know what I mean! [Editor's note: pronounced "crack," craic is a very Irish expression meaning party atmosphere.]
On the first full day at 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 their all, whether they were 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 50-50'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 chill and it seemed that everyone was feeling stoked on skating! After more skating that afternoon, we met back up at the hotel and went for a night skate at MACBA. There was a great vibe and even though I think most were tired, you have to skate at MACBA if you're in Barcelona! I have to admit, I didn't think that skating at MACBA would be all that because when I've visited before, I gotten 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 a backside 50-50 on the ledge to drop...and she made it on her fourth try! Some girls practiced ollieing, or what they had been taught earlier on, and some just took it all in by watching others. Sonia Kenfech ripped up the ledge, doing all sorts off of 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, it's quite easy to write things off by thinking, "Oh well, he can do it because he's better than me." Although I did 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.
Noteworthy tricks included Jessie van Roechoudt's backside flip on the bank; Lauren Perkins' frontside 180 over the hip to flat, and smooth ollies over the hip; Julie Bevis' heelflips and kickflips on the bank, and a 50-50 on the ledge; Louise Menke's ollie-and nollie-in from the bench to the bank, and a switch flip on the bank; and my pop shove-it over the hip to flat, ollie in from the bench to the bank, and switch heels on the bank. I also learned half-Cab frontside flips!
In the afternoon, we went to Canyelle's 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 to sit and watch after the session at Fondo!
Mimi Knoop, Julia "Jewels" Bauer and Tina Neff ripped this place! Knoop Dogg was carving smooth lines with nice frontside smiths, and Jewels and Tina were both getting rock fakies on the vert extension! Rolling around the park and chilling finished off a well good day's skating, and there were nothing but smiles on everyone's faces!
On the day of the Jam, which was kicking off at 2:00 p.m., a sleep-in was in order for most, but not the British contingent! We got up early after four hours of sleep and hooked up with Julie Bevis to do some filming for the UK's Viewfinder video! We hit up a spot called Besos, where Julie nearly got a long manual kickflip, 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 gonna miss the Jam! Turns out that we met up with everyone at Sants, 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 around the corner 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 percent. 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 next summer!