Everyone knows the story of the Z-Boys, Stacy Peralta, Tony Alva, and Jay Adams, pioneers of the skateboarding world. But another member of the surf / skate team, Peggy Oki, often gets overlooked. Oki was an is nothing short of a badass. She took first place in the Women’s Freestyle at the Del Mar Nationals skateboarding competition. Oki rolled with the Z-boys through the streets of Venice and caught waves with them in Santa Monica. Check out our tribute to yet another kick ass woman in sports.
Oki was born in the U.S. to her Japanese parents who escaped from Hiroshima. While she is a natural talent on the board, Oki also received her Bachelor of Arts in painting from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Today, Oki travels the world as an environmentalist and still finds time for sports to keep her active. Some of the notable places she’s been: Fiji, Mexico, South Africa, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Japan, Tonga, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and Costa Rica. While traveling to these places, Oki paints, surfs, does yoga, and has led the Origami Whales Project which raises awareness about commercial whaling in Japan, Norway and Iceland.
When she’s not kicking ass around the world she can be found at Santa Barbara City College where she continues to educate the youth through the Carpinteria Valley Arts Council. If you didn’t think she could get and better, Oki also values a nutritional diet, switching to vegan 15 years ago.