To strangers, Sky Brown may look like just another normal kid — until she hops on a skateboard.
The 7-year-old Japanese girl just became the youngest pro skater in Vans Tour history and her videos on Instagram are social media hits.
Born in Miyazaki City, Japan, Brown has been calling skate parks her home for more than five years now.
“I’ve been going to skate parks with my dad ever since I can remember. It’s always been way more fun for me than regular parks, I just prefer ramps and bowls to swings and slides. They are just sooo much more fun.” she told girlisnota4letterword.com.
Apparently, her talent for skating runs in her blood — Stu, Sky’s dad, is a skater himself. Sky also helped her dad teach Ocean, her younger brother, how to skate.
Sky has attended AWSM, an English preschool, and goes to Action Park “The Shred Center” based in Miyazaki City, GoSkate.com noted. She has several sponsors including Moonjelly Wetsuits, 5050 WaveSkates, surfboards by BEN WEI, FLAKE clothing, Greenfix ECO Surfwax, XS helmets and PRIDE SOCK.
Sky loves watching skating videos on YouTube. She cites female skater Bryce Wettstein as her greatest inspiration and her “number one hero.”
“I really want to be like her, I always watch her YouTube videos. They make me so pumped and happy. She’s so funny and sooo awesome and cool.” Brown said.
Recently Brown competed in the Vans U.S. Open as the youngest skater in the event.
Interestingly, Sky is also a surfer and loves going with friends.
“When I was little I used to hassle my dad to go with him for the morning surfs so I could play on the beach, I would even get into the car and refuse to leave. Then one day my dad got me a soft board and pushed me into some small waves, and that was that. I was hooked pretty fast hahaha. Now I get up super early every morning and jump on my dad until he wakes up and takes me surfing.” she said.