By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
One of the most influential women in the skateboarding world. The first professional skater, the first U.S. champion, Patti McGee. She was only 19 years when she was crowned a real pro skater.
From Surfing To Skateboarding
From San Diego, California she started to surf, so it wasn’t really a huge shock when she quickly transcended into skating. She started to atract the attention of the skating world in 1964 when she was crowned in the National Skateboard Championship. After that she made the choice to commit full time to skateboarding. She became the face of Hobie Skate and appeared in TV shows to brag with her crazy 360. Later in 1965, she was on the cover of Life magazine, standing over the board with her hands. This was an iconic picture that many woman skaters have followed and praised to this day.
Life After Skate
After having a year long tour she lost interest. Her emotions about skateboarding wasn’t the same so she decided to do other things. She practiced skiing for a while and also worked with leather and minery. In the present time, she is still an idol for young skaters, being named also a surf legend in Malibú. But time doesn’t stop her, with more than 70 years of age shes assisting her daughter in her enterprise where they make clothes for women that love skateboarding. Her career was recognized in 2010 when she was introduced to the Skateboarding Hall of Fame in U.S.
Maybe she had a quick career but her influence as a woman in the skateboarding world is without precedent. Decades will pass but Patti will never be forgotten, and women skaters all over the world can do nothing else but to thank her for being the first in her position.
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