The best female skateboarder in Canada : Who’s next?

December 22, 2021 / By yann

Women skateboarding is booming. It is estimated that around 20% of skaters are females and many of them are really pushing it to the next level. Maddy, Reese, Fay, Sophie and Samantha are the future of skateboarding. They draw attention in skateparks, their names are circulating in the streets, and it’s only the beginning! They skate street, parks and vert. Here are 5 skaters you should keep an eye on if you want to see the best of skateboarding!

 

Maddy Balt

Maddy is living proof that style matters. She’s mastered a lot of tricks and everything she does is always so stylish.

 

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1. Age?

23 years old

2. Home/residence?

I’m from Brooklin Ontario living in Vancouver BC

3. When/how did you start skating?

A few guys on my street started skating and I wanted to try! That was when I was around 8. I skated for a few years and then didn’t really skate at all for around 8 years and then got back into it when I was 18!

4. What do you like most about skateboarding?

The skate community and that feeling when you finally land that trick you’ve been working hard for.

5. Favorite trick?

Switch frontside bigspin and kickflip backside 50-50

6. But(s) ?

Full street part and Paris 2024 Olympics

7. Skaters that influence you or inspire you?

Alexis Sablone and all my homies.

8. Something that makes you proud?

Being a role model for younger girls in skateboarding.

9. Any advice to other young skater girls?

Keep pushing! Skating is hard and you will have some very tough days but never give up! The community that comes with skating and the feeling of landing that trick that you’re struggling with is always worth it!

10. Other interests or anything else we should know about you?

I love snowboarding just as much as I love skating.

 

Fay Ebert

Fay ride for Zero. That means Jamie Thomas personally approved of her and that’s special because the chief only rolls with the bests. Might as well tell you that she does big ollies, that she goes high on the vert walls and that she has the style of a professional.

 

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1. Age?

12 years old

2.  Home/residence?

Toronto

3. When/how did you start skating?

On March 17th, 2018 I went to my first group lesson at Impact skateclub and I haven’t stopped since.

4. What do you like most about skateboarding?

I love everything about it! Seeing my friends, learning tricks, challenging myself, competing and having fun.

5. Favorite trick(s)?

Smiths, tail slides, kickflips, tre flips and more. I love them all!

6. Goals?

To get better and learn new tricks.

7. Skater(s) that influence or inspire you or favorite skater?

The people I skate with and the skate community.

8. Something that makes you proud?

Having such supportive friends and family, always being there for me.

9. Any advice to other young skater girls?

Keep pushing and persevere. Every time you step on your board, you get a little bit closer to your goal.

10. Other interests or anyting else we should know about you?

I love to draw, sculpt, animate, sing and play my ukulele. I also have two pet ducks!

 

Reese Nelson

At 9 years old, Reese is the youngest and yet she already does very difficult stuff. We do not want to put any kind of pressure on her but she is officially in the prodigy category with Mozart, and Tony Hawk.

 

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1. Age?

9 years old

2. Home/residence?

Calgary, Alberta is the hometown, but living in San Diego, California right now

3. When/how did you start skating?

I started skateboarding at 4 years old. I really don’t remember not skateboarding though.  I saw my older brother doing it and was hooked.  The other local skateboarders played a big part too. The skate community in Calgary is super tight knit.  I just had a skate friend from Calgary come out to California for my birthday in November.  I also snowboard during the winter with a lot of the same people that I would skate with during the summer.

4. What do you like most about skateboarding?

The best part about skateboarding is that it’s fun and challenging.

5. Favorite trick(s)?

Kickflip nosegrind

6. Goals?

My goal is to be pro by the time I’m 12 years old. I also want to go to the Olympics and win the XGames and Dewtour.

7. Skater(s) that influence or inspire you or favorite skater?

My favorite skater is Jimmy Wilkins. I skate with him at Tony Hawk’s ramp and he gives me lots of trick ideas. He’s super nice. I love his style of skating.

8. Something that makes you proud?

That time I did an nbd with the Kickflip nosegrind on like 14’ vert.

9. Any advice to other young skater girls?

Just have fun. If you aren’t having fun, there’s no point.

10. Other interests or anything else we should know about you?

I love skating vert. For my 9th birthday party, I got to do doubles with Tony Hawk, Lincoln Ueda, Christian Hosoi, Shea Donavan, Jimmy Wilkins et Rob Lorifice. It was the best day of my life.

 

Sophie Grant

Sophie rides fast, she pops high and she has powerful kickflips. Oh and her heelflips are fantastic too! She has a lot of energy, doesn’t know fear and is captivating to watch skating.

1. Age?

22 years old?

2. Home/residence?

London, Ontario – Los Angeles, Californie.

3. When/how did you start skating?

I was about 16 years old, still in highschool. I had tried skating before a couple times but only because I just played every sport. It wasn’t until 10th grade that it clicked to me how much I really enjoyed skating.

4. What do you like most about skateboarding?

Skating is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. It’s hard to pinpoint what I like most because there are so many beautiful aspects. What I like most about skateboarding is getting to be a skater. I love everything that comes along with it, friends, community, traveling, food, spots, slams. The skate life is what I love, and everyone who lives it with me.

5. Favorite trick(s)?

Kickflip, Fakie Flip, fakie Fs Flip, Halfcab Heel, BackHeel, Back Disaster Revert.

6. Goals?

My goal is to be happy and healthy forever. To follow all of my dreams and to at least know I never gave up.

7. Skater(s) that influence or inspire you or favorite skater?

Dane Burman, he pushes me more than anyone and he is my favorite skater.  The late, the great Vincent Nava, Steve Ban, Orlando Garcia et les membres de la famille 10C41 family. They inspire me.

8.  Something that makes you proud?

Seeing my friends push through fears and come out as winners.

9. Any advice to other young skater girls?

Do what you love, and don’t be afraid of the boys!! You are tough, you are worthy, you matter.

10. Other interests or anything else we should know about you?

Yeah! I make clothes. I spend a lot of time sewing. I make mostly denim fabric designs right now, but eventually I want to branch out. I also love music so much, from Joy Division, Ramones, Cherry Glazerr to Baby Smoove, Moula 1st, Kodak. I play guitar, and I’m interested in poetry.

 

Samantha Secours

Samantha is the street prodigy! Consistent, technical, original and renowned for her perfect big spin bs. There so much to come fore Samantha who has already become a staple on the Quebec and Canadian scene.

1. Age?

19 years old

2. Home/residence?

Montréal

3. When/how did you start skating?

Started skating when I was 12 years old so I have been skating for about 7 years now.

4. What do you like most about skateboarding?

The culture and vibe it brings to my everyday life.

5. Favorite trick(s)?

Backbigspin is on top of the list for sure! Smith, tailslides and treflips are some nice ones too.

6. Goal(s)?

Travel as much as I can.

7. Skater(s) that influence or inspire you or favorite skater?

Mark Suciu has been all over the place lately. His trick selection is next level. I’d say him.

8.  Something that makes you proud?

​​The footy I’m about to drop in the upcoming Boltswagen video. It’s my biggest project yet, so I’m pretty excited.

9. Any advice to other young skater girls?

If you love it, you’ll never stop.

10. Other interests or anything else we should know about you?

I have been snowboarding a lot this last season. This year I will probably enter contests here and there and we’ll see how it goes and where it gets me.

See you at JACKALOPE 2022 to see these 5 amazing athletes skating in all their glory and maybe even get to meet them!