Peggy Oki – TRANSCRIPT
(Video starts) Peggy Oki: Oh my God!
Captain Andy: It’s a whale (Video ends)
That was me in the background saying, “Oh my God!” while I was visiting with some humpback whale researchers in Alaska. The guy on the deck shouting, “It’s a whale!” that’s captain Andy, who happens to be a humpback whale researcher with quite some enthusiasm even after seeing hundreds of humpback whales.
And I’ve had a large number of encounters with dolphins and whales myself, and I still feel very excited when I see them. I’m just inspired by the graceful movement of a 100-to-150-ton whale, seeming to be moving so effortlessly through its fluid movement in the ocean. And I’d emulate that style – that’s just graceful, I love that graceful movement – in the things that I try to do in my surfing and skateboarding.
Over 40 years ago, I was the only female member of the famous Zephyr skateboard team, featured in Dogtown and Z-boys. We were known to live a little bit outside the box, be a bit rebellious. While lots of kids were trying to figure out how to stay out of school, we were getting into them to skate the banks, and getting in to skate the pools, which led to our surfing style that was our trademark: vertical skateboarding, that led to what you see in today’s X Games. And of course, I still love surfing that I’ve been doing for over 40 years.