X Games

Faces of women's skateboarding

3 of 14

Helena Long

Photograph By Jenna Selby

"Back in the day," says the U.K.'s Rogue skateboards founder Jenna Selby, "if [a girl] walked into a skate park, almost everyone would stop and stare at you then ask, A) 'Can you kickflip?' and B) 'How good are you?' As if there is this mythical scale you work from to define how good you are! It could be quite daunting and unfortunately put many girls off.

"Nowadays though, thanks to YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, most people have seen a woman or a girl on a board, so they don't give the same reaction when they see one in a park."