4 Mimi Knoop
Mimi Knoop was born on 25th September and she is one of the most respected female skateboarders in the world. Since first turning pro in 2003, she has claimed 5 X Games medals in women’s vert & has cinched titles at some of the world’s most prestigious bowl contests.Mimi always has a smile on her face and skates fast with a balance of grace and aggression. She developed her vert and bowl skills skating empty pools in Cuba as a kid.
Mimi is also a talented multi-media artist and has shown her works all over the world. She created the name and logo for the popular “Combi Pool Classic” contest held by Vans each year in Orange County, CA. Mimi represents women’s skateboarding with passion and enthusiasm and is a great ambassador for girls getting into skateboarding and action sports.
Sponsors: hoopla skateboards, The Alliance, Nikita, Nixon, Bones, Ace Trucks
3 Heather Christensen
Heather Christensen was born on 1st October 1979. Christensen was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Tampa, Florida when she was 20. She was seen by a scout from Playboy, and began to model, which “sort of interrupted” her longer term plans. She is not only a Playboy model who poses along with skateboards as a prop in addition and dates pro skaters, she could in fact hold her own on a half pipe. Christensen was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Tampa, Florida when she was 20.
She is an especially noted skateboarder, who has been skating since 1998, first with a boyfriend, then by herself. The hobby cost her a broken arm, at Skatopia in Ohio, when she fell on a metal ramp; the fracture forced her to quit her job.
Christensen continued to study while working as a model. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, and went to veterinary school, to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.); veterinarian, specializing in reptiles. She says she’d like to “Live in a tropical paradise […] traveling around the world rescuing exotic animals”, and has kept turtles, snakes, lizards, and frogs at her home. Other hobbies include restoring a 1968 Ford Mustang.