2014 – Laurie Turner Demott

2014 Inductees

During skateboarding’s first big boom in the ’60s, the majority of the coverage making its way into the mainstream media depicted a pastime heavily slanted toward young men.

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During skateboarding’s first big boom in the ’60s, the majority of the coverage making its way into the mainstream media depicted a pastime heavily slanted toward young men. A major exception to this occurred in May of ’65 when ABC’s Wide World Of Sports decided to not only televise the 1965 American National Skateboard Championships in Anaheim, California, but also included the Girls’ Division events in their telecast. Laurie Turner, who was riding for Hobie’s Northern team at the time (in ’65 Hobie had both Southern California and Northern California teams) would ultimately take first place overall and become the ’65 National Girls’ Champion— along with first place in the Trick Competition, first place in the Figure 8 section, and second place in Flatland Slalom—proving to audiences nationwide that not only could girls ride skateboards, but that some of them could actually ride them better than a large cross section of their male peers. Along with fellow competitors Wendy Bearer (2013 Hall Of Fame Inductee), Donna Cash, Colleen Boyd, and, of course, ’64 National Champion, Patti McGee, who would be featured that same month (May 1965) doing a handstand on the cover of Life magazine, Laurie Turner helped pave the way for a more inclusive pastime and ensured that skateboarding could be enjoyed by any and all, regardless of their gender.

 

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