8-year-old skateboarder is new social media darling

/ 08:31 AM September 20, 2016

At 8 years old, Sky Brown looks mature while acting out as a skateboarding prodigy.

Born in Miyazaki, Japan, Brown made history as the youngest female contestant at the Vans US Open Pro Series last week. “She skates bigger than she is,” a commentator noted during her qualifiers.


Brown, who has become a social media darling, hails from a family of professional skateboarders and surfers. Her father was a professional skater and her five-year-old brother, Ocean, can glide both in land and water like a “pro.” She attends an English preschool and goes skating at “The Shred Center” based in Miyazaki, Be-Street reported.

While other 8-year-olds sit back and relentlessly watch cartoons and anime, Brown is hooked in watching skating videos on YouTube. She idolizes elder female raw skaters like Alana Smith, Letticia Bufoni and Bryce Wetstien.


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Sky as she just arrives at Venice beach Skatepark, unable to contain her excitement.. People that know Sky understand how excited she gets but noone ever captures it as well as @hellochristinrose.. As small and young as she is. Her passion and love for skateboarding is huge. And size, gender or ability just don't matter .. You love what you love… It's not about contests, winning or how many tricks you can do, it's about having FUN.. The rest just follows.. Skating is their for everyone.. Just wanted to Shoutout to @baetriarchy that front rock was soo sick and we loved the steez and @thrashermag were SO RIGHT to post it.. Who's cares about the peanut gallery anyway. We Skate.. Be kind, Stay humble and Smile OFTEN!!!! #sheplayswewin #soulskater #soulsurfer #onlyaskaterknowsthefeeling #passion #itsnotaboutpretty #8yearold #girlisnota4letterword #dwindledistribution #skatelife #skate #skategirl #transworldskate #metrogrammed #skatecrunch #girlisnota4letterword #almostskateboards #globebrand #skateboarding #skatergirl #girlpower #skateboarding #shralpin #FUN #stoked #theworldissuper

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“It doesn’t matter that I’m a girl or that I’m small,” she explained in the #ShePlaysWeWin campaign. “My heart is big and strong and I can be as good as or even better than the boys or even big people.”

Her skateboarding stunts on YouTube and Instagram recently racked thousands of views.

The siblings have a bunch of sponsors such as Moonjelly Wetsuits , 5050 WaveSkates and XS Helmets. She also has an enormous following on her Instagram account, which she shares with her brother and which is managed by their mother. She has 52, 700 followers as of this writing.  Gianna Francesca Catolico

TOPICS: Ocean Brown, skateboard, Sky Brown, viral video
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