Sky Brown: 40 stunning facts about the skateboarding prodigy

August 26, 2021 | Skateboarding
Sky Brown: the British-Japanese started skateboarding aged three | Photo: Brown Archive

Sky Brown is one of the most talented skateboarders in the history of the sport.

She is revolutionizing the way riders use their boards and raising the level of female skateboarding to unprecedented heights.

Sky's style and technicality are impressive even when compared to experienced, professional male athletes.

The British-Japanese prodigy follows her instinct - only - and sees no limits to her performance.

Whether Sky launches herself in the air at a bowl or pulls the most complex tricks in the street, the supernatural talent leaves no one unimpressed.

In other words, her progression is continuously going through the roof, fueled by the interaction between her surfing and skateboarding styles.

Trying hard and getting injured have never stopped Sky from pushing her limits to uncharted territories.

"I don't give up because I don't want anything to beat me," she once said.

But Sky is much more than a rare, talented skater - she is a great human being.

Her smile is instantly contagious, and her humbleness and generosity are heartwarming. If the world had more people like her, our lives would probably be more meaningful.

Here's everything you need to know about Sky Brown, the skateboarder who defies gravity and the sport itself.

Sky Brown: the skateboarder girl who just wants to have fun | Photo: Red Bull

1. Sky Brown was born on 7 July 2008 in Miyazaki, Japan.

2. Her father, Stuart, is British, and her mother, Mieko, is Japanese. She was brought up and raised in a Christian family.

3. Sky has a younger brother named Ocean, with who she often skates and surfs. The siblings speak Japanese and English.

4. In Kana, her name is ブラウン スカイ (Sukai Buraun).

5. Sky Brown started skateboarding and surfing at the age of three. Her preschool had a skatepark, and her father built a backyard mini ramp where he skated every day.

6. Brown splits her time between her hometown of Miyazaki and the United States. She has dual nationality.

7. Sky's favorite riding spots are Miyazaki (for surfing) and California's Venice Beach Skatepark (for skateboarding).

8. Brown is also a keen and accomplished surfer. Her 360s on open wave faces is one of her signature tricks.

9. Before she hit ten, Brown was already attempting to jump off a 12-stair set.

10. Sky was the only girl on her Japanese school soccer team.

Sky Brown: a prolific skateboarder with advanced surfing skills | Photo: Brown Archive

11. Brown loves chocolate milk and mixing cereals for breakfast in the morning.

12. She often says that the only thing that matters in skateboarding is having fun and trying her best.

13. Sky says she doesn't mind being the only girl at a skatepark because she wants to show everyone that "girls can do what boys can do."

14. Brown gets inspiration from skaters Leticia Bufoni, Nyjah Huston, Tony Hawk, and surfers Coco Ho, Carissa Moore, and Kelly Slater.

15. She dreams of going to unprivileged places and teaching kids how to skate because "when they skate, they forget about what they're struggling through - they just think about happiness."

16. Brown designed a skateboard with Almost Skateboards for Skateistan, a skate school and charity that provides food and education in Cambodia, Afghanistan, and South Africa.

17. The goofy-footer is OK with falling because it's part of skateboarding.

18. Sky Brown was the first-ever female skateboard to land a 720 and 540 at the X Games.

19. The British-Japanese athlete doesn't have a coach and learns tricks from YouTube videos. She is also an active vlogger, and her performances always go viral.

20. She also became the youngest athlete to ever compete at the 2016 Vans US Open in Huntington Beach, California.

Sky Brown: one of the greatest female skateboarding aerialists of all time | Photo: World Skate

21. In 2018, the year she turned pro, Sky and her partner JT Church won America's Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.

22. In May 2020, Brown suffered one of the worst injuries of her career in California after landing headfirst off a 14-foot ramp on her hand. She fractured her skull and broke her left wrist and hand. She was rushed to the hospital by helicopter.

23. After the horrific wipeout at the training session that put her life in danger, Sky Brown was not afraid to get back on a skateboard. She was actually excited, even though her parents didn't want her to.

24. In September 2020, Sky cleared Elliot Sloan's Mega Ramp. Before completing the stunt, she said she was "excited, nervous, and scared." Brown needed precisely 60 seconds to get her mindset ready before dropping in.

25. In 2020, Brown released the book "Sky's the Limit: Words of Wisdom from a Young Champion," a collection of inspirational pictures and quotes from the talented skater.

26. In December 2020, Mattel announced the release of a one-of-a-kind Barbie Role Model Sky Brown doll. She had already taught Polly Pocket a few skateboarding tricks.

27. Tony Hawk once said Sky Brown is "one of the most promising park skaters on the planet with skills way beyond her years."

28. In July 2021, the Miyazaki-born won the women's skateboarding park gold medal at the X Games.

29. Sky Brown won the park skateboarding bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. At only 13, she became Great Britains's youngest ever Olympic medalist and the youngest athlete in the Games in 80 years.

30. On her Olympic runs in Japan, Brown rode to the sound of Britain's The Smiths and The Stone Roses.

Sky Brown: Great Britains's youngest ever Olympic medalist | Photo: Team GB

31. Brown wakes up early - around 5:30 am - especially when she is planning a surf session.

32. Sky also trains with snowboarding's three-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White.

33. Prior to the Olympics, Sky taught English singer Yungblud how to skate and, in return, the musician taught Brown how to play guitar.

34. Brown also enjoys singing and martial arts, in particular, karate and jiu-jitsu. Her favorite movies are "Wonder" and "Mean Girls."

35. The skating phenom is the youngest ever athlete sponsored by Nike.

36. Sky Brown has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

37. The green-eyed virtuosa has already done TV commercials for Samsung, GoPro, Yoplait, and Visa and appeared in skateboard company ads.

38. The Monarch Project is a skateboard company founded by Sky Brown and Leticia Bufoni.

39. "Reaching for the Sky" is a documentary by Discovery+ featuring never-before-seen footage of Sky Brown with her family, training, and living life.

40. Sky Brown is on Facebook (@awsmkids), Instagram (@skybrown), YouTube (@skyandocean), and TikTok (@skybrown).