Sport: The New Roll Model

In growing numbers, women are taking up skateboarding. Here's why

Ever since the advent of skateboarding in the 1960s and '70s, the sport has been identified with daredevil adolescent boys. But the face of the game is changing. Look closelyunder that helmet might be your daughter, sister or even mother. There were 1.9 million women skateboarders last year, according to the National Sporting Goods Association, an increase of more than 25% since 1999. And studies by research firm Board-Trac found that in 2002, 26% of all skateboarders were female, up from just 7.5% in 2001. Skateboard manufacturers are catering to the new rollers. Elements is releasing a new signature skateboard deck...

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