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Cara-Beth Burnside is a pioneer of women’s professional skateboarding and snowboarding. Born on July 23, 1968 in Orange, California, Cara-Beth first began skateboarding around age 10 with her older brother, honing her skills at the legendary Big O Skatepark. From the early ’80s to the mid ’00s, she solidified herself as the world’s best female vert skater, a title she held for over three decades. CB was the first woman ever to grace the cover of Thrasher in August 1989, and also became the first woman to ever receive a pro model skateboard shoe, the CB Line, from Vans in 1997. Cara-Beth took a soccer scholarship at UC Davis and later returned to the world of skateboarding and won every major title worldwide, including the X Games, Vans Triple Crown, Soul Bowl, Dew Tour, and All Girl Skate Jam, among others. In 2004, she was awarded the female vert skater of the year by TransWorld Skateboarding magazine.
An equally talented snowboarder, Cara-Beth was also on the first U.S. Olympic snowboarding team in Nagano, Japan in ’98, where she placed fourth. She has also won multiple gold medals in halfpipe and big air snowboarding at the Winter X Games. She is the only other person in the world besides Shaun White to have won gold medals at both the summer and winter X Games. Always pushing for positive changes, CB has been an advocate behind the scenes, too, founding the Action Sports Alliance in 2005, which was instrumental in securing prize purse equality for men and women at the X Games with ESPN in 2009. CB also helped create the popular female skateboard brand, Hoopla, which boasts one of the best female teams in the world. Currently residing in Oceanside, CB maintains her passion for skateboarding and snowboarding, and continues to inspire girl and boy skateboarders alike everywhere she travels.