Pro vert skater Jen O’Brien has pushed the envelope for women’s skateboarding over the past ten years. Jen started skating in her hometown of Daytona Beach, Florida at a time when few girls were hitting the pavement. When Jen unexpectedly performed with Bob Burnquist during the Men’s Vert Doubles, she became the first woman ever to compete in the X Games and was one of the main instigators to have women’s skateboarding become an official paid contest. At the 2003 X Games, Jen walked away with the silver in Women’s Vert. Jen recently formed the Alliance (STEF- make link to our article) with other fellow female skaters in the hopes of continuing the ongoing trend of independence and success for female skaters everywhere. Honored by the PETA as one of the Sexiest Vegetarian Women Nominees, Jen is a strict vegetarian and subscribes to an organic lifestyle. She was named Sports Woman of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation. Jen shares a home in Southern California with professional skateboarder Bob Burnquist and their daughter Lotus.
Last song you downloaded: “Stupid Girl” Pink
Best vacation: Hawaii
Last book you read: Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh
Guilty pleasure TV show: Democracy Now
Favorite comfort food: Bob’s mom’s cooking
Champagne or beer (or other): Brew!
Last splurge: Black Truffles
Advice for beginners: Pain makes you stronger!
Hero: My husband.
Worst experience skating: Getting knocked out.
I’m most proud of: My friends and family.
Favorite rainy day activity: Computer stuff and eating.
Pet peeve: Cigs!! EEWWW!
The perfect date: Surf all day, go out to eat seafood that night then wine in the front yard of our beach rental later that evening, listening to the waves and looking at the stars.
Who I’d cast to play me in the movie of my life: Reese Witherspoon
Pets: A cat , two dogs, a rabbit, and a turtle.
Why I skate: Because it makes me feel strong and healthy.
Words to live by: Treat others how you would like to be treated!
We asked Jen what she brings on an everyday skate session.
For Lip balm, eco lips Hemp Vanilla
First aid/bandaids, Arnica gel and tabs
Avocado sandwich with olive oil salt and cayenne
Stretch jeans and tanks