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Originally published on Vice.com.
For decades, women’s place in skateboarding was questioned and downplayed. Despite the fact that the legendary Zephyr team counted Peggy Oki among its ranks, that figures like Cara-Beth Burnside and Jaime Reyes were underground heroes throughout the 90s, and that the generation who grew up with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater saw Elissa Steamer as a member of skateboarding’s elite, women were still relegated to a minor role, given little press and few sponsorship opportunities. 1,925 more words