This 8-Year-Old Girl Is Changing Gender Roles One Ollie at a Time

Sep 22, 2016 at 1:35 pm |

“That’s a little girl! She’s ripping!”

When you think of skateboarders, who do you usually think of? Chances are you picture male teenagers, but along with the times, the skateboarding demographic has changed as well.

According to 2010 statistics, over 77% of skateboarders were male, which fits the stereotype of the sport that took off as “sidewalk surfing” in the 1940s and ’50s. But since the inception of skateboarding, more and more women have been joining the ranks of professionals or neighborhood enthusiasts, and now an eight year old is changing the face of the sport for good.

Described as “unexpected” and “raw,” Sky Brown just became the youngest female skater ever in the Vans US Open Pro Series. Here’s what that means for the sport.

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Source: Instagram @awsmkids

See Sky shred.

“She skates bigger than she is. I mean, she is skating like an adult, but you almost hate to say it because there really is no age difference other than you look at her and you say ‘That’s a little girl! She’s ripping!'”