2014 – Ellen Oneal

2014 Inductees

After women like Laurie Turner, Wendy Bearer, and Patti McGee put chips into skateboarding’s male dominated facade during the ’60s, a second wave of female skateboarders continued to fight gender stereotypes during the ’70s.

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After women like Laurie Turner, Wendy Bearer, and Patti McGee put chips into skateboarding’s male dominated facade during the ’60s, a second wave of female skateboarders continued to fight gender stereotypes during the ’70s. Perhaps gaining the most exposure among them was freestyler Ellen Oneal, who— while riding for G&S from ’76 through ’80—appeared not only in the movie Skateboard (’78) as “Jenny Bradshaw” with Leif Garrett and Tony Alva, but also inspired fellow girl skateboarders with a cameo in the ’78 “The Skateboard Whiz” episode of Wonder Woman. Born and raised in San Diego, Ellen had only been skating for a single year before she got sponsored by Gordon & Smith, Bennett Trucks, and Vans, then added Kryptonics Wheels and Hang Ten Apparel the following year. She placed third in Women’s Freestyle behind Ellen Berryman and (2013 Hall Of Fame inductee) Laura Thornhill at the ’76 California Free Former Skateboard World Championships in Long Beach and returned the following year in September of ’77 to edge out Laura for second (still behind Ellen Berryman). With her long blonde hair and era-accurate short shorts, Ellen’s photos from Skateboarder Magazine are also some of the most iconic girl skater photos ever shot, and in 2012, Complex Magazine named her number four in their “Sexiest Female Skateboarders” list. In the ’04 book, The Legacy of Warren Bolster, Warren Bolster (RIP) offered this on Ellen: “She invented her own variations on many maneuvers and added grace, style, and composure to the circuit.”

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