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Tim Brauch San Jose 2016 with Minna Stess

World Cup Skateboarding – WCS – stopped at the Lake Cunningham Regional Skatepark in San Jose, CA on September 11 & 12th for the Tim Brauch

WCS and Tim Brauch Foundation support girls skateboarding and this is the second in a series of why the girls had fun at the event.


This post in on Minna Stess – who won 15 & under AM’s!  Also pictured Asiya Mercado and Zoe Safanda.

And I want to give a shout out to the trophy maker airborne_angel_hamcsc


seriously those are some rad trophies!

As you can guess Minna was on fire during the competition.  It takes tons of practice to get ready for a competition and Minna put in the work and had fun doing it, while staying stylish.  Here’s what she had to say about the event & if pants are required for skateboarding.

SF:  How many years have you been going to Tim Brauch Competition in San Jose?

Minna:  This was my 3rd  year at the Tim Brauch Memorial Bowl Contest.

SF:  Favorite memory of this event? 

Minna:  Being able to skate with my friends Jordan Santana, who came from Houston Texas and Arianna Carmona who came from Buena Park, Ca because I don’t get to skate with them all the time and I like to watch them skate too.

I’ve know Arianna for five years when I met her at Woodward West and she’s like a big sister to me.

SF:  I heard Arianna turned the big 18 during the week of practice, did you celebrate?

Minna:  Yes she turned 18 on Saturday.  I was already practicing at the bowl when my mom, who was at home waiting to drive down as soon as Finnley, my brother, got out of school got a text from Arianna that simply said:  “So I heard Minna owns a dress”

My mom said:  “Hahaha! You can check her closet next week!”

Arianna said:  “Well, you see, Minna said for my birthday tomorrow that she would skate in a dress so I was wondering if you could bring it but if not we can pick one up from Goodwill”

My mom wasn’t sure if the dress fit, but she took it because a promise is a promise plus it was a birthday wish.  I usually wear  t-shirts and pants or shorts.  Arianna thought it would be a  BIG DEAL to see me take runs in the gnarly Lake Cunningham Skate Park Bowl in a dress.

I don’t wear dresses for just any event.  I wear dresses when I want to.  I wore a purple and lavender Billabong dress for my dad when I was 4.  I wore a fancy pink dress 5 years ago when I was 5 for my Aunt Mariana’s wedding, where I was the flower girl.  And I got another Billabong dress I wore for Arianna’s birthday at my skateshop sponsor Sonoma Old School for a vacation because I had to go to a formal dinner night.

The dress from vacation still fits so I just put it on and proceeded to line up at the bowl during Women’s Pro practice at the bowl.  I felt some staring.  Heard a few comments – people surprised to see my shoulders and stuff.

I had made a promise to Arianna so I skated in the dress.  I don’t love dresses, but I love my friends & family, so I had fun skateboarding in my dress.

I love the event and love my friends.  Hope you like the video of me skateboarding in a dress.


video of Minna skateboarding TBM in a dress above & screen shot from the video below – photo credit:  Moniz


As a fashionista – I’m liking how the Billabong dress is working with the 187 Pads, Stance Socks, Vans shoes – you’ll have to watch to see the Santa Cruz board & Independent Trucks in action 🙂


Minna in the dress which complemented her XS Girls NOT a 4 Letter Word Helmet wonderfully & Arianna

I skateboard for fun and I’ve said it a million times – there’s no uniform in skateboarding.  Wear what you want & wear it proudly.  Keep sharing your stories because more girls skateboard when they see girls skateboarding and get encouragement.

Till next time keep it stylish on & off the board just like Minna & Arianna!

Tim Brauch San Jose 2016 with Arianna Carmona

World Cup Skateboarding – WCS – stopped at the Lake Cunningham Regional Skatepark in San Jose, CA on September 11 & 12th.

The event is the 18th annual Tim Brauch Memorial Bowl Contest continuing a tradition set so many years ago in honor of a great skateboarder and a gentleman, who charmed the skateboarding world with his unique and energetic style of skateboarding that led him to become World Champion!

I didn’t go but I checked in with Don Bostick, from WCS because I saw so many good things on IG from skater girls that I wanted to do a blog recap.

Don shared some history with me – in 2005 the event moved from the Vans Skatepark in San Jose, CA (it closed down) to the Scotts Valley Skateboard Park that was built in honor of Tim Brauch, it’s also known as the Tim Brauch Memorial Skateboard Park. It was the first year the girls skated the bowl area and received WCS Bowl Points.   Kim Petersen won the event that year. 

This year Arianna Carmona won the Women’s Pro Division and here’s what she loved about the event.


photo @besuro

SF:  How many years have you been going to Tim Brauch Competition in San Jose?

Arianna:  I’ve been going to the Tim Brauch Memmorial Contest for about 4-5 years now. 

SF:  What was different this year?  It was in September not July was that better – not as hot?  There were “girl” practice sessions this year – was that good?  Other differences?

Arianna:  It was different this year because there weren’t as many people as usual, which helped because the snake sesh wasn’t as bad. The heat however, was still the same.

The girl practice sessions were nice, because we got our own little time to practice and didn’t have to worry about colliding with any of the big guys haha. 

photo @besuro – @bevmoskater, @nicolehause, @flying_arianna, @huntahlong, @autumntust

SF:  What’s unique to that bowl?  What’s your advice for girls who might be scared of the bowl – it looks intimidating.  

Arianna:  I would say the waterfall is pretty unique because of how big it is. I’m not gonna lie that bowl is pretty intimidating at first but I would tell other girls to just go for it, start at the bottom if you want and just kinda pump around to get used to it. After a couple of runs you get pretty familiar with it. 


photo @besuro

SF:  Is the park close or how far did you have to travel?  If you had to travel did you come early to practice?  

Arianna:  For me the park is 6 hours away because it’s up in NorCal so we did have to travel a bit far for this one. This year we flew up on the Wednesday before the contest. 


photo @lawyer4life – @minnask8, @flying_arianna, @extremelife2003
SF:  Favorite memory of this event?  
Arianna:  My favorite memory was watching Minna Stess nail all of her runs and get rewarded the first place she deserves. I was so happy and proud of her and I loved the look on her face while she was up there getting all her goodies. She rips! 
Thanks Arianna for sharing.  And thanks Don for always supporting all skateboarders.
More girls skateboard when they see girls skateboarding and get encouragement – so who’s next on why they had fun at Tim Brauch this year?