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Laura Thornhill model skateboard used by Laura Thornhill

Laura Thornhill model skateboard used by Laura Thornhill

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The wooden skateboard shown here is a Logan Earth Ski, Laura Thornhill model from the 1970s and is autographed by Laura Thornhill. Thornhill used this board during her career as a freestyle skater in the mid to late 1970s. Thornhill began competing at age 13 and won or placed in nearly every women’s competition organized and sometimes even competed against and beat the boys during the 1970s. She became a member of the Logan Earth Ski team in 1975 and began a run of “firsts”; she was the first female skater to get her own signature model skateboard, the first female to have a “Who’s Hot” in the newly revived Skateboarder Magazine, the first female interview and the first female centerfold in Skateboarder Magazine. Thornhill continued to compete but also traveled around the country doing demonstrations, television sports specials, film and stunt work. After an injury in 1979, Thornhill retired from skating but continues to be active in the sport having been inducted into the Skateboard Hall of Fame in 2013.
Object Name
skateboard
date made
1970s
user
Caswell, Laura Thornhill
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
urethane (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in x 28 in; 13.97 cm x 19.05 cm x 71.12 cm
ID Number
2013.0162.01
accession number
2013.0162
catalog number
2013.0162.01
subject
skateboarding
Sports
Professional
Women
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Exhibition
Artifact Walls
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

Laura Thornhill was not the first women to have a signature skateboard. It was pro surfer Linda Benson from the 60’s who had the first signature skateboard named after her. She surfed for surfboard shaper Don Hansen of Hansen surfboards and he created a skateboard to her specs with her name on it.
While Linda Benson definitely had an early pro model, Thornhill was the first pro skater, as opposed to pro surfer, to have a mass produced model by a well known skate company. If you read the description carefully it does state that she was the first 'female skater' to have her own board.

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