ESPN's Santa tells us the story of BabeShredder Skateboarder, Peyton Messenger from Ontario, Canada.
Why is X Games important to the female skate scene?
"It is a great way for girls to gain exposure and show people that girls rip. It might also be a chance for young girls to become inspired to take their riding to the next level. Ultimately, X Games creates a bigger community for the girls which helps women's skateboarding grow in many ways."
What would you change about X Games?
"I would add more female sports. This would bring up the overall athlete participation and viewing opportunities for spectators. I think it is important that we establish an equal attention and importance for both male and female athletes."
What is the female skate scene like in Austin, TX?
"It is very, very small. For the longest time, I was the only girl that I knew of who was skating consistently. However, the scene is growing. Slowly but surely."
How has skating been impactful to your life?
The skateboarding industry is big in size but small when connecting with other riders. These people have become my family. Skating has also impacted my life in how I deal with things. It has taught me how to find a release and to just keep pushing."
By Ash Hannig