At a California skate park, 11-year-old Sky Brown zips back and forth across a U-shaped ramp. Suddenly, she launches herself into the air from the top of the ramp. She clutches the skateboard under her feet with her left hand and spins around one-and-a-half times. Then she lands gracefully back on the concrete ramp.
That trick, known as a frontside 540, is one of the most challenging stunts in skateboarding. But Sky makes it look easy. Though she’s still in middle school, the young phenom is one of the top skaters in the world—and she has big plans for her future.