On Saturday twelve-year-old skater Alana Smith became the second female to land a McTwist, claiming a $1,000 Best Trick prize at Exposure 2012, an all-women’s skateboard competition at the Clairemont Skatepark at the Mission Valley YMCA in San Diego, Calif. The McTwist is an aerial trick where the rider performs a inverted backside 540 and Mike McGill, who is credited with inventing the trick, was on hand to give Alana some words of encouragement.
Alana is one of a dozen female skaters on the Hoopla Skateboards team, started by Cara-Beth Burnside and Mimi Knoop to help attract more girls to skateboarding. Knoop says she’s been blown away by the rising level of talent she’s seeing from young girls at skateparks across the country, and that Smith is among the best of them.
Only one other female skater has ever landed the trick: Smith’s role model, three-time X Games gold medalistLyn-Z Adams Hawkins Pastrana, first landed a McTwist at a demo in 2009, and took to Facebook on Sunday to show her support for Smith, writing, “I’ve been hearing about and admiring Alana Smith for a while now. I knew from the first video I saw years ago she was a game changer and was going to push our sport… I’m so excited and proud to welcome this amazing inspiring 12-year-old into The F.F.F. Club (Female Five Forty Club)!”
Congrats, Alana. You’re good.