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When considering skateboarding, there have been girls and women involved since it's advent.
Until recent times, the general consensus was to dismiss a girl on a board as a novelty. The rarity of seeing a girl who could do more than ollie up a curb would result in the individual being referred to in a way that specified gender before talent.
Over the last few years many women have been changing these attitudes: through video parts, magazine coverage and competitions - in the UK, the female scene is now more pro-active and progressive than ever before.