dude to skate.
"I call myself a skate-at-home mom," Top of the World resident
Barbara Odanaka said.
The author of a children's book titled "Skateboard Mom," Odanaka
discovered skating when she was a child.
"I started when I was 10 when Santa brought me my Hobie Super
Surfer skateboard," she said.
She spent six month's on Hobie's amateur team but quit when her
track coach told her she had to choose between running and skating.
She spent about 25 years off a skateboard deck until her son Jack was
born in 1996.
"A therapist said to me, 'You need to find something that gives
you great joy and do it 10 minutes a day,'" Odanaka said.
Odanaka visits skate parks in nearby cities and often skates near
her Top of the World home, though she sticks to the smaller hills.
"I've never charged Park Avenue or anything like that, though I've
been tempted," she said.
She also skates inside.
"I keep the wheels clean," she said. "After all, I am a mom."
Looking for other moms to ride with, Odanaka founded the
International Society of Skateboarding Moms. The group held its first
Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama on Mother's Day, and though many are Orange
County denizens, women from as far away as Argentina and the
Netherlands, have signed on to the group, Odanaka said.
Her 8-year-old son has not become an avid skateboarder, though her
husband Paul keeps two boards in his car.
In North Laguna, riding is a family affair for skater mom Sunny
Elizabeth and her three daughters, two of whom skate competitively.
The family traveled to San Francisco to participate in the All
Girl Skate Jam over the Independence Day weekend, Elizabeth said. Her
youngest daughter, 9-year-old Caity, took second place in her
Caity started skating when she was 3-years-old, after a
psychiatrist recommended to Elizabeth that Caity take Ritalin.
"I said, 'No way man, we're going to go skateboarding,'" Elizabeth
Elizabeth skated as a teenager and got back into the sport when
Caitlin started. Elizabeth's older daughters, 15-year-old Carly and
17-year-old Vienna, took up skating around the same time.