Can you feel the speed in this photo of skater Judi Oyama competing in the Capitola Classic in 1980? 🛹
Judi Oyama, one of the few Asian American women in professional skateboarding, began skating as a teen. She was sponsored by Santa Cruz Skateboards in the mid-1970s. Although Oyama could and did skate in a number of styles, her passion was slalom and downhill racing, where she was one of only a few women who raced against the men.
At the age of 43, Oyama won the 2003 Slalom World Championships, and in 2013, she was ranked second in the U.S. and first in the masters division overall. Two years later, Oyama became the first woman to win the N-Men Icon Award, given to Northern California skaters who have made an impact on the sport.
Oyama's skateboarding career and the objects she donated to our museum will be featured in today's #APAHM-focused Social Studies Online session with our curators at 11am ET. You can watch the live or recorded program on Smithsonian Education's YouTube page: https://youtu.be/-hPko2W0J-g
📷: Richard Oyama