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Colleen Boyd Turner was among the most prominent female skaters of the 1960s, forming the first-ever all-girls team—La Femme Skateboard Team of Pacific Palisades—with Suzie Rowland and Donna Cash. Colleen was also notable for winning first place in flatland slalom at the 1965 International Skateboarding Championships in Anaheim, scoring an appearance on ABC’s Wide World of Sports and in the pages Skateboarder Magazine in the process. As if that weren’t enough, she also invented such tricks as the one-footed tail wheelie, and the inverted frog stand with her legs over her arms. Born and raised in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles, California on July 5, 1951, Colleen started skating when her older brother Greg plunked her down on a homemade 2×4 with steel roller skate wheels and pushed her down the driveway. By 1963, Colleen had made her first skateboard, a rectangular wooden job with cool stringers and an old pair of indoor roller skate wheels hammered on.
In 1964, Colleen got sponsored by La Femme (a women’s clothing store), Palisades Skateboard Team, and the Hobie Super Surfer Skateboard Team, remaining pro until 1966. Mainly skating on sidewalks, driveways, streets, city parks, drainage ditches and on any school or other embankments she could sneak onto, Colleen mostly did 360s, acid dropped off curbs and loading docks, plus various other tricks, high jumps and races, as well as simply using her skateboard for transportation. She lists her favorite skateboarding activities as hanging out with friends on Saturday mornings and skating everywhere they could think of, joining in with the Palisades Skateboard Team at Palisades High, racing the boys down the Palisades High School driveway and winning—sometimes, surviving the slopes of the Paul Revere and especially Bellagio schools’ embankments, winning slalom at the 1965 Anaheim contest and being on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, getting free skateboards and jackets, traveling around Southern California with the Hobie Team, and doing demos at shopping centers with the likes of Cris Dawson, Suzie Rowland, Wendy Bearer, and Ray Flores. In 2015, Colleen appeared in Skateboarding’s First Wave, a documentary covering skateboarding’s early days in Southern California in the 1960s.
In her spare time, Colleen enjoys body surfing and boogie boarding, learning Spanish, writing articles, exploring synchronicities and spiritual experiences, communication best practices (the term “face plant” is recognized as the same in any sport), swimming in the ocean or pool with her two grandkids, and family get-togethers. She gives skateboarding credit for giving her the courage to join the Air Force. In fact, she is a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve officer (Lieutenant Colonel), a retired Communications Analyst for the VA Office of Inspector General, communications management consultant / sole proprietor for C. Turner, PhD in social welfare, and a volunteer in support of veterans’ mental health and deported veterans. After not skateboarding for nearly 40 years, Colleen climbed on board again in 2014 for the Skateboarding’s First Wave reunion, and on Go Skateboarding Day in 2021. Inspired by that, she is working on her senior citizen comeback, complete with a new team: the Over the Hillers (but not underground yet); and new sponsors: Band-Aid, Ben Gay, Centrum Silver, and of course, Depends.