The 10 Greatest Female Skateboarders in the World
As the years have progressed, skateboarding has developed with it. Once considered a predominantly male sport, skateboarding now has considerable female representation in it. Here is a list of the 10 greatest female skateboarders who are the face of the sport and have achieved great accolades in it.
Skateboarding is gradually gaining worldwide recognition as an action sport. Earlier considered a street sport or a leisure hobby, skateboarding has reached new international standards and was included as one of the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020.
10. Kokona Hiraki
Kokona Hiraki became the youngest ever athlete to represent Japan at the Olympics. She was a part of the Japanese skateboarding team at the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020. Kokona went on to win the silver medal in the event while being just twelve years old. Hiraki has also won a silver medal at the 2019 X-Factor. She is currently sixth in the world rankings.
9. Lizzie Armanto
Lizzie Armanto won one silver medal and one gold medal representing the USA at the 2016 X games and 2018 World Nitro games. She is the first woman to win gold in the X Games Women’s Park.
8. Rayssa Leal
Rayssa Leal has won a silver medal at the 2019 Skateboarding World championship and a Bronze at the 2021 World Championship. The greatest achievement of her life came as she won the silver medal at the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020. Leal was the youngest Olympic medalist in 85 years. She is one of the greatest female skateboarders in the world.
7. Sky Brown
Sky Brown is the youngest professional skateboarder in the world. She won the gold medal at the 2021 X games and went on to win the Bronze medal at Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020. Her medal at the Olympics made her Great Britain’s youngest ever medal winner, at the age of 13 years and 28 days. She is currently ranked second in world rankings.
6. Aori Nishimura
Aori Nishimura has won two Gold medals, one Bronze medal at the World Skateboarding championship, three gold medals, one silver and one Bronze medal at the X Games. Currently ranked third in the world, Aori is one of the most successful skateboarders.
5. Patti McGee
Patti McGee is widely regarded as the patron of female skateboarding. She is the first Women’s National Skateboard Champion and an inspiration for all modern female skateboarders. She became the first woman inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame.
4. Alexis Sablone
Alexis Sablone has competed in every X Games competition since 2009, the World Skateboarding Championship. She has won three gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal representing the US at X games. She was the oldest skateboarder in the US Olympic Skateboarding team during Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020.
3. Elissa Steamer
Elissa Steamer is regarded as one of the veterans of female skateboarding. Still going strong at the age of 46, Elissa has won four Gold Medals, one silver and one bronze medal at the Summer X games in her career.
2. Cara-Beth Burnside
Cara-Beth Burnside has won more than 16 titles in various skateboard competitions, including the X Games. She was named the skater of the year in 2004. She later shifted to snowboarding and became part of the first United States Olympic snowboarding team during the 1998 Winter Olympics.
1. Letícia Bufoni
Leticia Bufonis is considered the most successful and the greatest female skateboarder. Bufoni has won 12 medals at the X games and four medals at World Championship. Her world-class record included seven gold medals overall and was the world number one for four years in a row from 2010 to 2013.