October 1965 issue of Skateboarder Magazine, Vol.1 No.4
Photo Cred: Scholastic and Patti McGee
Patti McGee (born August 23rd, 1945) made her mark in the skateboarding industry in 1965 at nineteen years old, competing in the Women’s first National Skateboard Championship in Santa Monica, California, taking home the Gold. She was the first female pro skateboarder in history and was paid by Hobie/Vita Pak to travel and promote the Hobie skateboard. At the time, if you decided to go “Pro” it meant that competing was over for you and that your main job was going to be demos and promoting products.
Although Patti started out as a surfer, and was even inducted into the Malibu Surf Legends in 2004, she quickly picked up the skateboarding sport on the days where the surf was a no go, cruising down hills and doing flat tricks like handstands, figure eights and 360’s. She was featured on the May 14, 1965 cover of LIFE magazine and was the first female to be on the cover of Skateboarder magazine, that same year. In 2010 the Skateboarding Hall of Fame awarded Patti for being one of the six ‘Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time’, and was also the first female to be inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame. Currently, Patti runs her own screen printing business with her daughter called ‘First Betty’ which is a company that prints girls skate wear. At 65 years young, she still continues to pick up her board and keeps on with the skate lifestyle. Patti is one of those legends that every female skateboarder is proud to say that they know who she is and what she has done for women in this sport.