Cindy Whitehead is (pretty) Radical, Smart and Bitchin’
Skating legend Cindy Whitehead has ridden many, many miles. Now, she's on a mission to empower the next generation of female skaters to share their stories with the world.
ORIGINALS EPISODE 3: PRO SKATEBOARDER CINDY WHITEHEAD | PRODUCED BY MOON TIDE FOR SOUTHBAY MAGAZINE
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This anthem by Joan Jett, her musical heroine, is one of Cindy Whitehead’s all-time favorites. And if you talk to Cindy for more than five minutes, you’ll understand why. A spirit of fun, challenging societal norms and living life on her own terms has defined her most of her life.
She is quick to acknowledge, however, that back in the 1970s when she was growing up, most folks living in the South Bay were very accepting of her as a female skateboarder. “If it wasn’t for the people in the South Bay,” she says, “I probably could not have accomplished all that I have.”
Her grandmother was her first champion and gifted her with a skateboard for her 14th birthday. As the owner of the Tu’u boutique on Pier Avenue and an active community member, her grandmother embodied female empowerment.
Her message to Cindy was always: “Mark your own path; do what you want to do. Don’t just follow what everyone else is doing.”