The Pioneers: Firsts in Black Skateboarding


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We owe a big debt to the Black skaters who paved the way. Check the history to see the trailblazers who made it happen and made skateboarding better for all. As seen in our September '20 issue.

First Black Skater in a Magazine with a Caption Charles Williams The Quarterly Skateboarder Spring 1965 First Black Pro Skaters Marty Grimes and Clyde Grimes
First Ad in a Magazine featuring a Black Skater Larry Bertlemann First Black Skater on a European Magazine Cover Gilbert Angol May 1978 First Black Skater with a Pro Board Marty Grimes Z-Flex 1979 First Black Skater on a US Magazine Cover Chuck Treece May 1984 First Black Skater Appearance in a Major Skate Video Steve Steadham Powell-Peralta Bones Brigade Video Show 1984

First Black Skater to do a 540 Don Hillsman 1985 First Black Team Manager Bryan Ridgeway Tracker First Black Skate Photographer Dobie Campbell United Kingdom First Black Owned Company SHUT Skates 1986 and Steve Steadham Designs 1986 First Black European Skater with a Pro Board Neil Danns First Black Skater with a Pro Street Board Ron Allen H-Street 1988 First Black Skater with a Pro Board from the East Coast Ned "Peanut" Brown Airbourne 1988 First Black Female Pro Skater Stephanie Person 1988 First Black Skater with a Solo Video Part Ron Allen H-Street Shackle Me Not 1988 First Black Skater to Have Las Part in a Video Sean Sheffey Life Soldier's Story 1991

First Black Skater's Pro Shoe Model Sal Babier Etnies 1994
First Black Canadian Skater with a Pro Board Gailea Momolu First Black Australian Skater with a Pro Board Chima Ferguson First Black Skateboarding World Champion Nyjah Huston SLS 2010 First Black SOTY Ishod Wair 2013 First Black Woman with a Pro Board Samarria Brevard Hoopla 2016 First Video Part by a Black Woman Samarria Brevard Quit Your Day Job 2018


First Black Skater to Finish First in a Pool Contest Zion Wright Vans Park Series 2018
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