Skateboarding saw a steep rise in the 1960s, and ever since that time, women have been an important part of the sport. Unlike many other sports, skateboarding is the kind of sport where women have been actively involved right from the start. The history of skateboarding has been shaped by influential women skaters.
Newcomers are following the footsteps of established icons in the skateboarding industry. It is not surprising that the world of skateboarding is seeing the rise of so many seasoned women skaters.
Top female skateboarders: Pro Level Women Skaters
Over the years, there have been countless women skaters in history, who have earned their spot as the top skaters. Below, let’s have a look at some of these expert women skaters.
Who is the First Pro Woman Skater?
Patti McGee was the first expert woman skateboarder in history. She was the first woman to win the National Skateboard Championship in 1964.
She has earned her spot as the fastest woman skater, who skates at a speed of 75 kph. There has indeed been a decline in skateboarding after the generation of women skaters like Patti McGee. But it is also true that she has paved a path for other girls to follow if they want to get into skateboarding.
1.Sky Brown- Youngest Pro Skater
Sky Brown is currently the youngest pro skateboarder amidst top female skateboarders in the world. One of the most promising skateboarders in the world, she has achieved several milestones in her life. One of her significant achievements includes landing a 720 on a skateboard.
Moreover, Sky Brown is one of Britain’s youngest Olympic Medal winners. She got the third prize in Tokyo’s Women’s Street Skateboarding Olympics.
Rayssa Leal is a woman skater who gained popularity in the skateboarding community within a very short period. Around the year 2015, Rayssa gained huge traction in her skating career after posting a short video of her skating.
5 years later, Rayssa Leal earned a spot in Women’s Street Style Skateboarding. She has received a medal as the youngest Olympics participant in skating in 85 years.
Elissa is one of the few women to etch her name in history for skateboarding. She got sponsored in 1995 as a skater when making a living as a skater was almost impossible. Several skate companies such as Toy Machine and Zero have sponsored her.
During the early 2000s, she was featured in several skateboarding videos such as “Welcome to Hell”, “Baker Bootleg” and other such videos. Besides being featured in so many videos, she has also won medals in the popular X Games.
4.Sabre Noris (Australian Skater)
One of the most popular skaters on Twitter and also a YouTube Star, Sabre Noris is the youngest Australian skater in the world. She won the silver medal in the popular X Games in 2018.
Although she was diagnosed with Chiari malfunction, she never stopped pursuing her passion for skateboarding. At the age of just 16, there are only a handful of skateboarders who showed the same level and prominence.
She is the first Australian woman to land a 540 flip on a half-pipe. Her remarkable achievements also include appearing on the Ellen show.
5.Momiji Nishiya (Sreet skating Style)
One of the youngest female skateboarders in the world, Momiji Nishiya was born in 2007 in Japan. At the tender age of 13, Momiji Nishiya won the gold medal in the Olympic games for street-style skateboarding.
She was also one of the youngest gold medalists who came from Japan in the Olympic games. Before that, she won a silver medal at the X Games held in 2019. She even won awards and accolades for Street Skateboarding in the year 2021.
6.Margielyn Didal (Filipino)
Margielyn Didal is one of the most successful Filipino skaters who is 22 years old. She started skating at Concave Park to pursue her dreams and ambitions. She was the first gold medalist in the Asian Street Games in Jakarta.
She also took part in the Southeast Asian Games and got the gold medal two times for skating. After she won the gold medal after representing the Philippines, Times magazine featured her as the “top 25 Influential Teenagers in 2018”. Besides this, she even competed in the Philippines’ National Skateboarding Championship in 2019.
7.Lizzie Armanto (Vert Skateboarding)
She is one of the most revered skaters in the history of skating. Her main style is vert skateboarding instead of street style skateboarding. She has won over 30 awards and accolades for skating. She was the first gold medalist in the X Games Women’s Park contest that took place in 2013.
She set the benchmark for all the other woman skaters out there by doing a full loop on a 360 degrees ramp. She was also the first girl skater to star in Transworld magazine of skating. Other achievements include being covered by the Thrasher magazine.
8.Alana Smith (Land a 540 McTwist)
At the age of just 20 years old, Alana Smith has turned into a professional skater in the United States. In 2012, she landed the 540 McTwist and became the first girl to win that competition. In the year 2013, she became the youngest skateboarder to win the silver medal at the X Games that took place in Barcelona.
She also won the Championship of Skate World in 2019. She participated in the World Skating Championship and won the bronze medal in 2015.
Entering the world of skateboarding at the age of 12, she is now a 34-year-old skateboard veteran. Her story is an inspirational story that has inspired many women. Despite being featured in several short skateboarding videos, she was told that “skateboarding is not something meant for women”.
She placed 6th at the Maloof Money Cup competition for skating. To date, she has won 7 X Games medals. She has also won 3 gold medals in skating. She placed 4th in the Tokyo Women’s Olympics for Street Style Skating.
10.Nora Vasconcellos (Vans Park Series Champion)
One of the best girl pro skaters in history, she has played several parts in videos “Séance”, “Rendezvous”, and even Adidas’ “Hawaiian Holiday”. Her skateboarding is a combination of street and park skateboarding.
Nora has won several contests, including getting the first position in the Vans Park Series Championship held internationally. In the year 2017, she went pro for companies Adidas and Welcome Skateboards. Her documentary titled “Nora” got over 1 million views on YouTube.
Samarria Brevard was born to be a successful and established skateboarder. She won the silver medal at the 2017 X Games. She is currently hitting the streets for her sponsors Etnies and Enjoi. She is the person who has mastered the art of 360 flips down 10 stairs.
Her accomplishments are not just limited to the world of skating. She has music projects underway and even plans to open vegan restaurants shortly.
12.Sakura Yosozumi (Late Bloomer of Skating)
She was relatively a late bloomer in the world of skateboarding, as she started when she was in sixth grade. She got the third position in the Vans Park Series Asian Competition in Singapore. Moreover, she also got the first position in the Vans Pro Tour in Brazil which took place in 2018.
She has become the pioneer in all aspects of transition skating. She has mastered the art of halfpipe skating. Furthermore, she has mastered the art of two new 540 variants of flips as well.
Mariah Duran is a pro-level skater for Adidas and Meow skateboards. At the young age of 13, Mariah entered the competition in Albuquerque and she hasn’t stopped competing ever since.
A well-established and seasoned skater, she is the person who has many awards and accolades for skating worldwide. She got the gold medal in the X games as well as participated in the WBATB contest.
Considering her skills, she is sure to have a bright future in the world of skating.
Aori Nishimura is doubtlessly one of the best woman pro skaters out there as she turned pro when she was only in the fifth grade.
Aori’s journey has been quite a tough one. She won the Japan National Championship and the gold medal in the X games in 2017. However, unfortunately, she suffered from an acute ACL injury and it has taken a toll on her.
After recovering though, she went right back to skating and even won a medal in the X Games again.
Letícia Bufoni took the womens skateboarding to the another stage.
Having reached the level of excellence it has today, it is known as one of the sport’s powerhouses around the world thanks to Letícia Bufoni. She broke barriers for women in the sport when they still said they could not skate. Leticia started her journey when she was nine from East Zone of São Paulo,Brazil and still keep riding.
We have tried to compile a list of the best women skaters out there for you. Realistically though, there are so many accomplished woman skaters out there that it is difficult to pinpoint who is the best. Skateboarding seems to be a kind of fun sport for women though, as they surely seem to be surpassing men in this field quite effortlessly!