Girl of the Hour || Patti McGee

21/06/2012 § 1 Comment

Skating above, 19 year-old California girl Patti McGee, who was the first National Girls’ Skateboarding Champion in 1965 and the first female pro skateboarder.  She was sponsored by Hobie (owned by the orange juice company Vita Pak) and appeared on the cover of Life Magazine.  Patti actually started out as a surfer in San Diego but took up skateboarding when it became popular in the mid-sixties (Life actually called it a “craze”).  I’m not sure what I admire more, the fact that she skateboarded barefoot or the fact that she maintains that impressive platinum beehive while doing it…

A few gems I discovered:
Patti on What’s My Line, one of my very favorite gameshows.

I love what she’s wearing, and how flummoxed the host appears.

A girl skateboarder AND an extension phone?!? Amazing!

Happy Go Skateboarding Day!

Photos taken by Bill Eppridge, via Time & Life.

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