International energy broke in the new ledges, rails and stairs during the Women's Street Open Qualifier at Dew Tour Long Beach 2019. Despite the valuable Olympic qualifying points on the line, the camaraderie among the ladies was clear by the endless cheers of support in every language.
Photos by Luis Ferra
A total of 14 countries made up the 28 woman roster for the event, and the sessions were broken out into three-minute jams with a maximum of three riders in each session. The ladies didn't leave anything for chance knowing that their scores were based on overall impression and only the top 12 would continue to skate through to the weekend.
"It's good. It's different, but I know almost everybody here," said Gabriela Peteira Mazetto, representing Brazil, when asked about the vibe of the event as an Olympic qualifier. "If I can go to the Olympics, it's good. It's my dream."
Mazetto was able to advance with a seventh-place finish, as did her fellow Brazilian teammates. The entire teams for Japan and Australia also found their way through the Open Qualifier.
Tune in to watch the Women's Street Quarter Final Thursday at `pm PT on DewTour.com/LIVE.
Women's Street Open Qualifier Results
1.) Nanaka Fujisawa, JPN 53.00
2.) Funa Nakayama, JPN 50.00
3.) Haylie Powell, AUS 44.66
4.) Poe Pinson, USA 43.33
5.) Momiji Nishiya, JPN 43.00
6.) Katherine Williams, AUS 42.00
7.) Gabriela Pereira Mazetto, BRA 41.66
8.) Isabelly Avila Da Silva, BRA 41.00
9.) Aimee Massie, AUS 37.00
10.) Ksenia Maricheva, RUS 35.33
11.) Ana Maria Rendon Castano, COL 34.66
12.) Vitoria Mendonca Eugenio Da Silva, BRA 32.00