Brooke Benton, 6, of Huntington Beach, keeps shredding
Brooke Benton attacks skatepark courses with aggression, but her personality turns funny and laughable.
“Do you want to say hello to my cat?” she asked in a phone interview on Monday, putting the phone to her cat Xander. “Do you hear it? I will make him talk.
The 6-year-old from Huntington Beach, who first appeared in the Daily Pilot in March, continues her progression on the set. On Sunday, she finished in second place in the girls-of-all-ages street skating competition at her home park, the Vans Off the Wall skatepark.
“It was really good,” Brooke said. “It was my home park, so I was quite comfortable with it. A lot of my family and friends came for it.
Brooke is entering first grade at Huntington Seacliff Elementary School. She also plays soccer and AYSO dance, but continues her skateboarding journey, participating in several California Amateur Skateboard League competition recently.
She finished second at an event in Fontana and fifth at an event in Vista, both in May, for girls of all ages. At the Vista event, each of the girls in front of Brooke was between the ages of 9 and 13, her mother, Ruth Benton, said. At a June event in Costa Mesa, Brooke took second place in women’s street skating and third place in park.
Even at Sunday’s Huntington Beach event, first place was Berkeley’s Jordan Fenigstein, who is twice Brooke’s age.
“I’m usually the youngest, but I like the pressure,” Brooke said.
Over the summer, she spent time in Portugal and was able to skate at international skateparks there.
Others also notice Brooke’s skills. Triple 8 Helmets and 187 Killer Pads, key players in the world of professional skateboarding, have chosen her as their sponsor. And she now has over 6,000 followers on instagram – more than double what that number was in March.
What’s next for her? Well, she’s working on mastering the shove-it pop kickflip.
“I try to ollie on a lot of skateboards,” she added. “I did five at most.”
Her parents proudly continue to monitor her progress.
“It’s pretty amazing to watch,” Brooke’s father, AJ Benton, said. “It’s amazing that she has such drive, but also such focus, at this age… It seems to come natural to her. She works really hard.
“It’s weird to be impressed by a 6-year-old, but it definitely is.”
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