Peggy Oki

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Peggy Oki
Born1956 (age 61-62)
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Occupationskateboarder, surfer, artist, activist

Peggy Oki (born 1956) is an American skateboarder and surfer, as well as an artist and environmental activist.

She was on the original Zephyr Competition Team also known Z-Boys. She skated with the Z-Boys in the 1970s. She appeared in the film Dogtown and Z-Boys. She took first place in Women's Freestyle at the Del Mar Nationals skateboarding competition, held in California in March 1975.[1]

Oki was born in the United States to Japanese parents who escaped from Hiroshima.[2][3]

She went to Venice High School[4] and studied environmental biology and received a Bachelor of Arts in painting from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Today, she is involved with many activities such as yoga, skateboarding, rock climbing and has been surfing for over 24 years.[citation needed]

She has traveled to Fiji, Mexico, South Africa, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Japan, and Tonga, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and Costa Rica for surfing and as an environmental activist. Her paintings deal with nature and include landscapes and seascapes.

In spring 2004, she founded the Origami Whales Project to raise awareness about commercial whaling in Japan, Norway and Iceland.[5]

Currently, Oki is an art instructor at Santa Barbara City College, Continuing Education and youth art programs through the Carpinteria Valley Arts Council.[6]

She went vegan around 15 years ago for ethical reasons, and before that she was a vegetarian.[5]


She has been honored as a "Local Hero 2010" by the Santa Barbara Independent.[7]

She was a 2012 inductee into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame.[4][8]


  1. ^ "Peggy Oki - Newf Surfboard Net".
  2. ^ Ryder, Caroline (April 22, 2015). "Dogtown legend Peggy Oki is fighting to protect our oceans". Huck. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  3. ^ Mr Fakie (July 3, 2012). "Vegetable Shredder – Peggy Oki". Vegan Skate Blog. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Troy Weinreich (16 June 2012). "Peggy Oki - Skateboarding Hall of Fame 2012" – via YouTube.
  5. ^ a b Kelway, Rosie (April 3, 2015). "Dogged Advocate". Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  6. ^ Chase, Linda (1 January 2007). "Surfing: Women of the Waves". Gibbs Smith – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "Local Heroes 2010". Santa Barbara Independent. November 24, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "2012 – Peggy Oki". Skateboarding Hall of Fame & Museum. Retrieved May 22, 2016.

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