Amelia Brodka is a two-time European Park Skateboarding Champion and Olympic hopeful for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Amelia has consistently ranked well in international vert, park and bowl competitions for the past decade. She advocates for equality through her documentary and nonprofit work.
Amelia was born and raised in Poland and emigrated to the U.S. with her family in 1996. When she began competing in skateboarding in 2009, she noticed a clear lack of opportunities and visibility for women and girls in the sport. Her senior thesis at the University of Southern California, Underexposed: A Women’s Skateboarding Documentary, aimed to shine a light on the gender disparities within the sport. The documentary went on to receive honorable mentions in multiple film festivals.
In 2012, Amelia co-founded Exposure, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women and girls through skateboarding. Exposure creates opportunities for women in skateboarding while giving back to the community. Within its first few years, Exposure created the world’s biggest women’s skateboarding event with over 160 competitors from 15 countries vying for the biggest prize purse in the sport at the time. Proceeds from the annual event are donated to survivors of domestic violence. Today, the main Exposure event continues alongside Exposure’s youth program, Skate Rising. The program serves girls age 4 to 18 by teaching them empowerment through skateboarding and compassion through monthly service projects.
Brodka holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in Communication and Narrative Studies. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Alec Beck.