Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins

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Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins Pastrana
Personal information
Full name Lyndsey Adams Hawkins Pastrana
Born (1989-09-21) September 21, 1989 (age 24)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Height 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m)
Country  United States
Sport Skateboarding

Lyndsey "Lyn-Z" Adams Hawkins (born September 21, 1989) is a professional skateboarder from Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California.

History and family[edit]

Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins Pastrana was born in San Diego and raised in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, although spent part of her childhood growing up in Sayulita, Mexico, just outside Puerto Vallarta. Her legal name is Lyndsey, and Adams is her middle name. She started using the nickname Lyn-Z in the 4th grade.[1]

Hawkins was very athletic and started surfing at the age of 6.[2] She also participated in a variety of sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, and gymnastics.[3] Hawkins got into skateboarding after her brother, Tyler, bought her a membership at the Encinitas YMCA when she was six years old.[4]

Hawkins' often uses her artistic talents to customize the griptape on her skateboards. Many bear the letters RIP, in memory of her late father, who died in December 2003.[5]

On June 4, 2011, Hawkins and boyfriend Travis Pastrana were engaged at the Nitro Circus Live World Tour in Las Vegas, when Pastrana stopped the show dead in the middle and got on one knee.[6] On October 29, 2011 Hawkins and Pastrana were married in front of several family and friends in Southern California, near the home of Hawkins. On February 26, 2013 Lyn-Z and Travis announced on their personal Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages that they are expecting their first child due in September 2013. Hawkins gave birth to a little girl named Addy Ruth on Labor Day, 2 September 2013.

Hawkins is considered one of the top female skateboarders in the world today. At the age of 21 she is already considered a legend. With 8 X Games medals under her belt (1 bronze, 4 silver, 3 gold) she’s been the face of women’s skating for many years. She started skating at a young age and was constantly surrounded by some of the top women and men in the field. Lyn-z has been impressive to watch since she stepped on the board and today she regularly finds herself atop the podium at almost all of the contests she enters.

Hawkins doesn’t limit herself to one discipline, she skates vert, bowl, street, and mega ramp. She was the first female to skate a big jump ramp such as the mega ramp at the age of 15. She has had extensive exposure in television and print media in both national and international markets. After losing her father at age 14 she went on to win her first Gold, becoming the 2nd youngest gold medalist in X Games history. Hawkins then had a small setback with a knee injury in 2006. She kept active in the contest scene by attending all the World Cup Skate events and commentating for them, while doing correspondence for various shows.

Hawkins wanted to be the first female to land a McTwist 540 in competition. After wowing the crowd she was unsuccessful in landing the trick at X Games. She successfully landed the McTwist at the Tony Hawk Show in Paris, France in November 2009 to the cheers of 7,000 supporters in the Grand Palais. This same year Lyn-z also secured her 3rd X Games gold medal after winning the first ever ISF World Champion in women’s vert.

Her passion goes well beyond skateboarding with interests and experience in almost all “action sport” activities. She has started riding dirtbikes in her off time and has taken advantage of the winter seasons in the past by moving to Mammoth Mountain to cross train with snowboarding. Lyn-z has placed top 10 in many of the snowboarding events she has entered. When it comes to board sports Hawkins started out young, competing in surfing as part of the culture while living in a small fishing village in Sayulita Mexico.

Hawkins is a character in the Tony Hawk video games. She travels the world with the live action sports show “Nitro Circus Live”. Hawkins is on the Athlete Advisory Panel for The Women’s Sports Foundation. She regularly works with The Tony Hawk Foundation. She can be seen in many TV shows and movies as a skate stunt double for key characters.


Hawkins is at the forefront of a very small group of professional female skaters. She is also one of a few skaters to skate the DC Mega Ramp, and the first female skater to do so.[7]

Due to a broken arm in 2005, and a torn ACL (resulting in surgery) in 2006, Lyn-Z has missed out on many competitions. In lieu of participating, she was the on-camera host for the girls competition at the West 49 Canadian Open in Hamilton, Ontario in September 2006.

In 2007, Hawkins returned to competition, and won the gold medal in the Women's Vert competition at X Games 13 in Los Angeles.[8] In 2008, she placed second in the same competition, and in 2009 she returned to win another gold medal in 1st place, also in the Women's Vert competition.

Major sponsors include Volcom,[9] Nixon Watches, Birdhouse Skateboards, Oakley eyewear, Type-S wheels, S-one helmets, and K-five Boardshop.

In 2008, Hawkins appeared on the cover of Concrete Wave Magazine's annual Skateboard Directory.[10]

On November 21, 2009, Hawkins became the first female to land a 540 McTwist during the "Quiksilver Tony Hawk Show" in Paris, France.


While focused mainly on skateboarding, Hawkins is also an avid snowboarder. She has recently begun entering snowboarding competitions. In 2007, her year-end National ranking was 23rd in Slopestyle and 9th in Halfpipe.[11]

Video games[edit]

Hawkins made her video game debut as a playable skater in Tony Hawk's Project 8. She was the second female skater to appear in a Tony Hawk game, following Elissa Steamer. She was replaced in the following game by Vanessa Torres, but returned to the series for the 2009 release Tony Hawk: Ride and the 2010 Tony Hawk: Shred. She returned for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD[2].


Skateboard videos[edit]

Hawkins is featured on a number of skate DVDs including Getting Nowhere Faster[3] and the Groms series of DVDs [4], which highlight some of the top Grommets in various Extreme Sports.

Major contest results[edit]


  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002


  1. ^ Ruibal, Sal (2004-09-16). "Teen takes quick ride to top of skateboarding world". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  2. ^ "Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins Pastrana | Biography | Girl Sports | Skateboard | Pictures". 1989-09-21. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
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  4. ^ Skateboard Directory interview with Lyn-Z Adams
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  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Mega-LynZ". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  8. ^ "X Games". Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
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  10. ^ "ConcreteWave SEARCH / SPARK / STOKE". 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  11. ^ "X Games". Retrieved 2013-06-03. 

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