Patti McGee

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Patti McGee (born August 23, 1945) was the 1965 Woman's first National Skateboard Champion, Santa Monica. Her first skateboard was built by her brother in wood shop from her own shoe skate as a surprise. Her second skateboard was a BunBuster.[1] While on the Cooley Team, and standing on a BunBuster, Patti set the world record for the fastest girl on a skateboard at 47mph during Dick Clark's World Teen Fair 1964 held at the Orange County (CA) Fair Grounds.[2] McGee was also the first female professional skateboarder.[3] She was paid by Hobie/Vita Pak to travel and demonstrate the Hobie skateboard on a national level.[4] This lasted almost a year until the craze subsided. During the tour, Patti appeared on the occupation-guessing TV game show What's My Line? on May 16, 1965 without a skateboard (but did not stump the panel), and with a skateboard on The Johnny Carson Show the following evening.[5] Patti McGee was featured on the cover of Life magazine May 14, 1965 and the cover of the fourth issue of Skateboarder in October 1965.[6][7]

In 2010, International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) held the "2nd Annual Skateboarding Hall of Fame Honors Six of the Most Influential Skateboarders of All Time." Patti McGee was the first female to ever be inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame.[8][9]


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  2. ^ “Patti McGee interview with isTia” 2011,
  3. ^ Rompella, Natalie (31 October 2007). Famous firsts: the trendsetters, groundbreakers & risk-takers who got America moving!. Lobster Press. p. 48. ISBN 978-1-897073-55-1. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Patti McGee interview with isTia". I Skate Therefore I Am. October 17, 2011. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
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  6. ^ Bill Eppridge. "LIFE Goes Skateboarding, 1965". Time magazine. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ Siljeg, Sky. "A Talk with Patti McGee". Scholastic News. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Six added to Skateboarding Hall of Fame". ESPN Action Sports. November 2, 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ Hoffman, Jana K. "First Female Inducted into Skateboarding Hall of Fame". Retrieved June 22, 2013.