2018 – Pattie Hoffman

2018 Inductees

In July 1980, SkateBoarder Magazine heralded Pattie Hoffman as “Skateboarding’s Winningest Amateur Female Competitor.” She was 15 years old. Who knew that getting a skateboard for her 10th birthday would become a watershed moment?

At age 11, Pattie joined her 16-year-old brother on road trips to pools and ditches across San Bernardino and Riverside counties. With the support and encouragement of her family, she visited skateparks in SoCal as quickly as they opened. Aspiring to emulate the girls she saw in SkateBoarder, Pattie entered contests throughout SoCal before becoming the first and only female member of the newly-minted Variflex Team at age 12.
Her amateur victories included the USASA National Amateur Series and the Vans California Amateur State Championship. As vertical riding went mainstream, Pattie focused on what she loved most and continued her winning streak, notably at the 1979 Hester Series Finale “Battle in the Badlands” and the Big O Pro-Am.
Pattie made a clean sweep at the 3rd Annual SkateBoarder Poll Awards in June 1980: 1st Amateur Freestyle Female, 1st Amateur Slalom/Downhill Female, and 1st Amateur Vertical Female, along with a special “Most Improved Female Skater” award from the magazine.
Pattie made her pro debut in the 1980 Gold Cup Series. She won every event in the
series to become the top professional female skateboarder in the world. That same year, she participated in the first Variflex Summer Tour. She last appeared in SkateBoarder’s Action Now in a May 1981 “People on the Go” feature. The opening line read, “Pattie Hoffman is #1 and wouldn’t settle for anything less.”

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