Some 70 girls descended on Mammoth's South Park on Saturday for the 5 th annual Nikita Chikita pro-am jam. It was a good showing. Always good to see more and more girls getting out on the hill.
The youngest competitor was only 9 years old and the oldest was in her mid-fifties.
Competitors dropped in either the Pro or Am competitions and the field was split pretty much evenly between the two categories. Each girl got two runs, top five from each group advanced and then met for one final run.
The course consisted of two jump lines. The micro-groms took to the 5-to-10 foot mini-table line, while the rest of the girls had their way with the 25-to-40 foot tables, down rails, donkey-out boxes, and the finale wallride.
Nikita riders Magalie DuBois, Vera Janssen, Gabby Maiden, Femke Henriques and Madison Blackley were there representing the brand and otherwise setting the standard for the rest of the shredettes. And a lot of them showed that they were up for upping the ante.
Not gonna lie. There were a lot of windows rolled down, flailed straight airs and nasty knuckles. They were going for it. And any disappointments in execution were out shined by every girls give 'er attitude.
In the end it was South Lake Tahoe's Joanna Dzierzawski who took top honors in the pro division. Nikita riders Vera Janssen and Madison Blakely finished second and third respectively.
And New Hampshire's own le femme Nikita Colleen Quigley won the best trick award for her fully-laid out back flip.
And while the Pro girls walked away with cash the ams were battling for the chance to get sponsed. Marley Colt, a 17-year old from Utah, took the am contest and earned herself a one-year sponsorship from Nikita.
Awards were doled out at Lakanuki later that night and the The Black Tails shut the place down with some estrogen-fueled rock.
And so it proved to be another successful Nikita Chickita. Girls gathered, shredded, met for the first time, caught up since the last, shared stoke and in the end danced the night away. And that's all there is to it.
"To me the best part was to see all the girls I haven't seen in a year. I definitely didn't come to win, I just came to hang out and bust some moves on the dance floor!" said Nikita rider Magalie Dubois.
2. Vera Janssen
3. Madison Blackley