Peggy Oki is a professional skater, surfer, environmental activist, visual artist, and an advocate for wildlife mammals. She grew up in southern California and began skating at a time when the styles were very conventional. Her style and that of her team was aggressive. She competed and won many competitions. Peggy was one of many pioneering women in skate culture in the 70s as the first girl to skate as part of the original Zephyr skate team . She was inducted into the skating hall of fame and adapted her style of skating to surfing, which she still does today. As she was skating she also went to UC Santa Barbara to study environmental biology and began a lifelong career in advocating for marine life. She created paintings of whales and has lead art shows and installations to speak about the murder of them. To this day Peggy still rides, paints, and fights. She even does speaking engagements such as TED talks where she speaks on her life’s work.
Can’t remember the first time I heard Willy’s name and i’m no skate expert. But I always remember him being around. Riding. I remember hearing his name. Willy was born in the Philippines in 1975. He moved to the US with his family in the early ’80s. When he got to the US he was inspired by some local guys in San Diego to start skating at the age of 10 or 11. By 15, he was a professional skater being sponsored by companies who made skate decks, wheels, shoes, etc. He began to skate with Tony Hawk’s company Birdhouse and has been with them for two decades. Willy also owns several skate shops in San Diego called Willy’s Workshop. Willy is not only a huge inspiration for young Filipino Americans and all kids here in the states, but he also goes back to the Philippines often to support the emerging skating culture there.
Sources: HBO-East of Main St series (video, Wikipedia, WillySantos.com