The radical moms of action sports
The raddest moms in action sports
To celebrate Mother's Day here at XGames.com, we're honoring some of the most awe-inspiring mothers (and one mom-to-be) in action sports. These women have performed at the highest levels in surfing, skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding and motocross and now, they're amid their biggest challenge yet: motherhood.
Lyn-Z Hawkins-Pastrana, who has two X Games gold medals in Skateboard Vert (from 2007 and 2009) and three silver medals in the discipline, is one of the most decorated female athletes in skateboarding. After marrying action sports superstar Travis Pastrana, the two welcomed their first daughter, Addy (shown here), in September 2013, and their second daughter, Bristol, in February.
In 1993, pro surfer Lisa Andersen gave birth to her daughter, Erica. Five weeks later, Andersen was back competing, and the following year, she earned her first world championship title. She continued that streak for the next three years in a row, winning four titles from 1994 to 1997. She had her son, Mason, in 2001, and in 2002, she was inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame.
Two-time X Games Enduro X gold medalist Maria Forsberg took a break from competing at last year's X Games Austin due to the pending arrival of her first child. Her daughter, Londynn, was born in October. Forsberg is returning to competition at X Games Austin this June. "I cannot wait to come back to X Games with my daughter," Forsberg said.
France's Marie Martinod was a pioneer in women's freeskiing, competing alongside Sarah Burke in the early 2000s. In 2007, Martinod retired from competition and two years later, she had her daughter, Mlirose. After ski halfpipe was added to the Olympics, Martinod decided to make a comeback, in part to honor Burke. She returned to win SuperPipe gold in front of a hometown crowd at X Games Tignes 2013, holding her daughter at the base of the pipe afterward.
Megan Pischke Porcheron
Megan Pischke Porcheron, now a mother of two, competed at X Games from 1997 to 2004, racking up top finishes in Snowboard Slopestyle and Snowboarder X. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2012, and her documentary about her battle against the disease, called "Chasing Sunshine," premiered at X Games Aspen 2015.
Bethany Hamilton, star of the 2011 film, "Soul Surfer," won her first national title in surfing in 2004, just a year after losing her arm in a shark attack. Now, Hamilton and her husband, Adam Dirks, have a new challenge ahead: They are expecting a baby boy in early June. Hamilton will also star in the upcoming film, "Surfs Like A Girl," due out in late 2016 or early 2017.
Former U.S. Ski Team racer and Olympian Wendy Fisher switched from racing to big-mountain freeskiing in the 1990s. She won two World Extreme Skiing Championships and filmed award-winning parts with Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions for years. She now lives in Crested Butte, Colorado, and has two sons, Aksel, age 9, and Devin, age 7.
Jess Sobolowski-Quinn is a former big-mountain and skier-cross competitor who now owns Points North Heli-Adventures in Cordova, Alaska, with her husband, Kevin. During her pro skiing career, she filmed with Warren Miller and Rage Films and was nominated twice for best female performance at the Powder Video Awards. She and Kevin have two children, Kinley, age 4, and Kashton, who turns 1 in July.
A NorCal mom to two boys, Ashley "Trixie" Trujillo has been a prominent figure in the San Francisco skateboard scene for over a decade, and she's also a drummer in a skate-rock band with husband and Antihero pro Tony Trujillo. She regularly tours around the U.S. as alter-ego Trixie Con Leche.
Barrett Christy Cummins
Former Olympian and 11-time X Games medalist Barrett Christy has a 10-year-old and 5-year-old, as well as the longest-running female pro model snowboard in the sport (Gnu's B-Pro series). The shred continues to be a priority for the Cumminses. "Now that our youngest is 5, we are even more motivated to charge and expose our kids to as many snow, surf and adventure activities as we can swing," she says. "We try to smell the roses, but most of the time our kids are too eager and bossy to enjoy a leisurely pace, so the lifestyle continues, and it's more rewarding than ever."
Snowboarder Tara Dakides earned five X Games gold medals from 1999 to 2002 in Slopestyle and Big Air. She retired from competition about 10 years ago. Her daughter, Meadow, was born in 2013, and she has another baby on the way, arriving in June.