21 Fantastic Pictures Of Female Skateboarders From The 1970s

Published June 8, 2014
Updated January 17, 2018

While much of the mythos of the origin of skateboarding is centered around teenage boys of Southern California, there was a strong contingent of female pioneers who helped shape skateboarding since it’s inception. Below we take a look at some of the women who influenced skateboarding culture in the 60s and 70s:

Ellen O'Neal Photograph

Vicky Vickers

Laura Thornhill Skateboarding

Ellen Oneal

Peggy Oki

Pictures Of Female Skateboarders

Laura Thornhill

Ellen O'Neal Hair Picture

Skateboarding Contest Torrance California
Onlookers watch a skateboarding contest in Torrance, California in 1977.

Farrah Fawcet Skateboarding
By the late 1970s, skateboarding was growing in size and reach, including to some famous Hollywood heroines. Above, Farrah Fawcet tries out skateboarding.

Jodie Foster Skateboarding

Vicky Vickers Skateboarding

Patti McGee Skateboarding

Kim Cespedes

Laura Thornhill Female Skater

Ellen Oneal Skateboard Trick


Peggy Oki Skateboarding

Skateboarding In New York City
Skateboarding wasn't just a California phenomena -- the above photograph was captured

Watching At A Skate Park

Female Skateboarders In The 1970s

Enjoy these images? Check out some of these videos of the first female skateboarders:

Alexander is a cofounder of All That's Interesting with an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in History and Economics and an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies in Economics. He specializes in American history, the Cold War, and true crime.
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Baldwin, Alexander. "21 Fantastic Pictures Of Female Skateboarders From The 1970s." AllThatsInteresting.com, June 8, 2014, https://allthatsinteresting.com/female-skateboarders-1970s. Accessed May 21, 2024.