As a side event to the US Open of Surfing, the organizers put on a surf/skate/snow contest for girls! There was a vert ramp, street skate course, the surf and our 20-stair-handrail right on Huntington Beach at the Pier!!! Right next to the event were the motoXers jumping their dirtbikes around while the surfers had their biggest event of the year in the water. It was a great get-together of actionsports and I am really happy I came...

Osiris, whose team I just got on, had riders in all categories and they took a hotel room for us. It was so sweet to be taken care of and definitely made the whole experience even better. It was also sick to meet everybody and get together for the first time!!! I am really stoked on this company and they make some rad shoes! And I LOVE SHOES!!!

There were 24 girls in the snowboard Railjam and we split into two heats, out of which 6 girls each would make it into the Finals. I rode the first heat and qualified right away.... while I was waiting for the Finals, it got hotter and hotter at the beach and I was loving the view from the drop-in ramp out onto the open ocean...

Finals were really fun. There's a bunch of girls that I absolutely LOVE shredding with: Laurie Currier, Jesse Sutton, Raewyn Reid, Leanne Pelosi, and Indigo Monk. We had a fun time sessioning the pretty perfect set-up... the only thing weird was the sand getting everywhere... never had that happen before... usually it's dirt that I am dealing with...

The rail was wicked smooth and I tried to do as many different tricks on it as possible, hitting it backside, frontside, and switch, doing some 270s, pretzels - just trying to mix it up...

But all that was not nearly as cool as Laurie's rocksolid 270s, frontside 360s out, and hardway fs180 onto the rail. This chick fucking rocks! Raewyn of course slayed it also with some gnarly swivel combos and backside 180s onto the bar!! SICK!!!

Here are the results: 1. Laurie Currier 2. Raewyn Reid 3. Chanelle Sladics 4. Vera Janssen 5. Desiree Melancon 6. Jesse Sutton 7. Jamie Madrid 8. Elise Borelli 9. Leanne Pelosi 10. Indigo Monk 11. Ashley Thorton 12. Gaby Viteri

After we were done with our event, everyone went over to the street skate course to check out their Finals. Girls on skateboards rocking so hard these days!!! The First Ladies of Skate Vanessa Torres and Amy Caron impressed with their sick style while Evelien Bouillart blew my mind with her frontside bluntslides... great inspiration, great day...

It was a great event - just because this is exactly where snowboarding belongs in my eyes: right together with the skaters and surfers!!

Sector 9 had another surprise for me: a new longboard that was given to me by Osiris skater Annie Sullivan! This board is so fun to skate and I am gonna have a great time with it! Thank you guys soooo much!!!! I absolutely love it!!!!

Vera