2017 – Kim Cespedes

2017 Inductees

Born and raised in San Diego during the ‘60s, Kim Cespedes was a member of the legendary Hobie and Tracker teams and is regarded as one of the gnarliest girl skaters of the ‘70s era. While many of the female participants at the time focused on freestyle and its choreographed gymnastics routines Kim instead put her energy towards parks, pools, ditches, and downhill slalom racing.

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In 1977 she became World Champion of Women’s Giant Slalom at the World Championships at Carlsbad (televised on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.) Eventually traveling the world via Hobie, Tracker, Pepsi, and even Nike and appearing in the traveling Skateboard Mania show, Kim was one of the first women doing airs on vert, with photos of backside airs in pools in ’79, only a year after the boys had officially unveiled them.

Kim started skateboarding at the age of fourteen when her younger brother came home with a Hobie board on clay wheels. By the time urethane arrived in the form of Cadillac Wheels, she had honed her skills on San Diego’s hills to the point of being asked to be the first girl on the Hobie team. As she recalls, “I was floored, I didn’t know what to say, and all I could think of saying was, ‘You mean the team that Gregg Weaver is on?’” She would also later serve as a resident pro at the notorious Del Mar Skate Ranch. Today, Kim still surfs and skateboards occasionally and lives in Leucadia, CA.

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