Girls in Skateboarding


Let’s face it, the sports {globe} is dominated by {males}. {While} there are havens for female athletes, such as volleyball or softball, the plain {fact} is that spectator competitions {usually} {focus} on contests {among} males.

Skateboarding is no {various}. Vert skating in {particular} is a parade of masculine, {difficult}-{speaking} daredevils exemplifying what is {perhaps} the defining male trait: willingness to {danger} neck-breaking injury for the sake of a {good} trick.

Why {ought to} this be? There is {certainly} no shortage of athletic prowess in the gender which dominates sports like gymnastics and roller derby, sports that demand the {same} {kind} of {abilities}.

And you {certainly} you see {sufficient} girls skateboarding. In some towns, the skateboard has replaced the purse {among} independent, DIY-minded girls who {don’t} {need} to be taken for a ride. Girls tend to be lighter and stronger in the legs, which would {appear} to give them an edge {more than} boys.

So why is the skate park {generally} a sausage festival {exactly where} boys practice their age-old pastime of {one}-ups-man-ship? Why is practically {each} skateboard video displaying the acrobatics of all-male teams? And, most importantly, who will be the female Tony Hawk?

I mean, the guy has moves, but he’s not all that {simple} on the eyes. {Fortunately}, the {last} {couple of} years have {seen} the emergence of a {quantity} of mommas with some {serious} talent. And a {whole} new wave of girl power is taking skating by storm.

Megan Baltimore of Girl Skateboards, {recognized} as the “Matriarch” can {deal with} herself on a board, but is {recognized} {more} for her {work} behind the camera than in front of it. Strangely, she is the only female {among} the management of the image-conscious brand.

Holly Lyons, {however}, is a bona-fide pro. Out of Walnut Creek, California, Holly Lyons is {presently} ranked {initial} in the {globe} in Women’s Bowl Skating and second in Women’s Vert, behind Cara-Beth Burnside. She {created} Sk8Grl Clothing {company} and headlines their {professional} team. She has also been sponsored by Cool Girl Decks, Sweeny, Manitoba Harvest, Anarchy Eyewear, etnies girl, and Nixon Skates.

Cara-Beth Burnside was the {initial} president of the Action Sports Alliance as {nicely} as consistently {creating} the {leading} rankings in {each} skateboarding and snowboarding. She was on the {initial} American Olympic snowboarding team in 1998, {exactly where} she placed fourth snowboarding half-pipe in the {competition}.

Burnside also ranked {initial} in the {summer time} X-Games skateboarding vert {occasion} that {same} year. She has been sponsored by some of the {leading} skateboard {producers} {such as} Vans and Hurley, and holds the distinction of {becoming} the {initial} {lady} to have had a signature skate shoe {made} for her.

Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins has been competing professionally {because} she was only 11 years old. When she was {ten} and {nonetheless} {studying} to skate at the All-Girl Skate Jam {summer time} camp, {globe} renowned skater and skate-camp pro counselor, Cara-Beth Burnside is {stated} to have {provided} her a hundred dollars to give the vert ramps a go, but Lyn-Z wouldn’t do it. {Final} year, when she was 17, she placed {initial} in the Women’s Vert {competition} in the X-Games.

These stars are paving the way for a new generation of girls skateboarding-slick, streetwise, and {prepared} to take the boys to the concrete.

View Comments (9)


  1. Jane

    March 19, 2008 at 3:22 am

    Its nice to see some more articles about girls in skateboarding

  2. Lyn Z Fan

    March 19, 2008 at 3:23 am

    Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins is an awesome girl skateboarder

  3. Shelby Carter

    March 20, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    This one’s for the girls…

    Over the weekend I came across an announcement about a new website and new online magazine for girls and women who participate in action sports.

  4. Maria

    March 9, 2009 at 3:11 am

    Whats the name of the magazine and website?

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