This awesome skateboarder is 8 years old, and she just made history.
Sky Brown has been skating since she was 3.
Earlier this summer, 8-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown became the youngest girl to skate in the Vans U.S. Open Pro Series.
She's from Miyazaki, Japan, and she's being called a "pint-size skate prodigy," competing with people more than twice her age.
Sky, her skateboard, a ramp, and one single uncut line, linking the impossible, this is her dance, her rules, her release, just having Fun to a song she loves... Be kind, Stay humble and Smile OFTEN!!!! #soulskater #soulsurfer #onlyaskaterknowsthefeeling #itsnotaboutpretty #8yearold #girlisnota4letterword #dwindledistribution #skatelife #skate #skatergirl #almost @almostskateboards @dwindledistribution @girlisnota4letterword @roxy @pridesocks @smithscabs @goprojp #skategirl #transworldskate #metrogrammed #skatecrunch #girlisnota4letterword #almostskateboards #globebrand #skateboarding #skatergirl #girlpower @tensortrucks @jessupgriptape @vertra #skateboarding @stickybumpswax @super_brand @globebrand #shralpin @gopro #FUN @hawkersco @indo_board #stoked
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As someone who's never been able to so much as keep my balance on a skateboard while it sits perfectly still, I was blown away by the athleticism, agility, and just general badassery on full display in the videos posted to Instagram and YouTube.
Looks like skating runs in the family.
Sky started skating at just 3 years old (she surfs as well), learning the tricks of the trade from her dad, Stu. Her 5-year-old brother, Ocean, can also hold his own on the board.
Sky as she just arrives at Venice beach Skatepark, unable to contain her excitement.. People that know Sky understand how excited she gets but noone ever captures it as well as @hellochristinrose.. As small and young as she is. Her passion and love for skateboarding is huge. And size, gender or ability just don't matter .. You love what you love... It's not about contests, winning or how many tricks you can do, it's about having FUN.. The rest just follows.. Skating is their for everyone.. Just wanted to Shoutout to @baetriarchy that front rock was soo sick and we loved the steez and @thrashermag were SO RIGHT to post it.. Who's cares about the peanut gallery anyway. We Skate.. Be kind, Stay humble and Smile OFTEN!!!! #sheplayswewin #soulskater #soulsurfer #onlyaskaterknowsthefeeling #passion #itsnotaboutpretty #8yearold #girlisnota4letterword #dwindledistribution #skatelife #skate #skategirl #transworldskate #metrogrammed #skatecrunch #girlisnota4letterword #almostskateboards #globebrand #skateboarding #skatergirl #girlpower #skateboarding #shralpin #FUN #stoked #theworldissuper
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It's just cool seeing people pursue their passions and excel in life, especially at such a young age.
The world is filled with people proving you can be amazing at any age. Maybe that means changing careers at 85 years old, or maybe it means trying something really bold when you're over 60. the point is that age is nothing more than a number, a challenge in life.
To me, that's what makes Sky's accomplishment so cool. Watching her skate makes me want to go out and try something new, to find a new challenge, and to just put myself on the line. No, I'm unlikely to ever try to become a pro skater, but maybe I'll take a class or pick up a new sport or take up an instrument.