Jordyn Barratt: the queen of concrete waves

November 2, 2020 / By nicolas

4 min read

Jordyn Barratt is slowly becoming one of the most recognizable faces on the women’s skateboarding scene. Yet the Hawaiian native seemed predestined to become a surf star.

At the age of 21, Barratt currently lives in Oceanside, California. In 2019, she placed second at the World Championships of Park skateboarding in Montreal, also known as the Vans’ Park series. Her talent in transitions is not surprising, since before breaking through as a skateboarder, Barratt was captain of her surf team at San Dieguito Academy.

 

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After spending the first fourteen years of her life by the sea in Haleiwa, Hawaii, Barratt and her mother moved to California where skateboarding eventually supplanted surfing.

Her career took off in 2017 when she was 18 years old. Under the mentorship of the legendary Steve Caballero, she became the first woman to qualify for the Dew Tour Am Contest in California. Although a few women had achieved similar feats in the past (Leticia Bufoni, Alana Smith and Lizzie Armanto, among others), this achievement put her in the sights of sponsors and observers alike.

 

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Three years later, Jordyn Barratt is now a two-time X Games medallist and is on the US National Team for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Like other athletes in the world of action sports, the 21-year-old skater is proving that it is possible for women to make a living in this environment. Sponsored by Vans, Pro-Tec, Bones, Independent, Mob Grip and Toyota, Jordyn also became the first skateboarder on Team CLIF. There she sits alongside American superstars such as Megan Rapinoe and Venus Williams.

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