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It's about time

June 18, 2010|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Jen Jacobs, part of Skim Chics team, prepares for upcoming World Championship of Skimboarding at Aliso.
Jen Jacobs, part of Skim Chics team, prepares for upcoming… (DON LEACH, COASTLINE…)

The Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding has been a summertime staple in Laguna Beach throughout the years but when the 34th edition of the competition gets underway this weekend, it will, as Trigg Garner put it, launch two "monumental" happenings.

For the first time, the event will feature a Women's Pro division in a major skimboarding competition, and all that happens on Saturday and Sunday at Aliso Creek Beach, can be seen in the first live video webcast of a professional skimboarding event.

"The excitement surrounding the event this year is electric and it can be directly attributed to the addition of the female professional division and the live web broadcast," Garner said. "For me, it was great to see the women organize themselves to affect positive change in our sport and I hope the mantle of working together for the benefit of the sport is continued by both the men and women as we move forward.

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"As for the city of Laguna Beach, it was the birthplace of modern-day skimboarding and is the Mecca of our sport. The current press surrounding 'The Vic,' as many call it, can only help to bring recognition to our town during tough economic times and hopefully will continue to put skimboarding on the map. This could be a big year for professional skimboarding, professional women and live video webcast, and we are excited to play an integral role in helping to push the sport forward."

Pamela Simpson and Richard Tibbetts, who launched the SkimChicks organization in April, have been waiting for the coming weekend for quite some time.

SkimChicks, which boasts 18 female skimboard competitions, is one of the main sponsors of the world championships.

"We're both really happy, as a company, that this day has come," Tibbets said. "I just think it's a really good first step for the women in a really great sport."

"We're beyond excited," said Simpson, a resident of Laguna Beach. "We have girls coming in every day from all over, Hawaii, Florida, Delaware, Canada. There's going to be some great competition taking place over the weekend. "

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